Whenever Hip Hop is mentioned in the same breath as violence, drugs and sex people defend the art well by explaining that the roots of Hip Hop were tales of struggle and triumph. Hip hop, however, quickly adopted the materialism, psychotic tales or depravity and bullshit, but that’s what the masses have become attracted to. Continue reading Conscious cRap
Every now and then I get to watch something which completely blows me away. The Documentary ’20 ft from Stardom’ is a look into the musical paths of back up singers for some of the worlds biggest artists. The creative process is usually hidden away from consumers and we only get to witness the end products. Here we get a glimpse into the creative process surrounding a beautiful and powerful song (Gimme Shelter) which Merry Clayton laced with perfect emotive vocals.
Musicians make a large proportion of their money through live shows and appearances. One of the problems I have with hip hop is that on too many occasions these shows end up in violence, often with dead or wounded fans. Hip hop and violence have a symbiotic relationship which isn’t as apparent in other cultures of music, so when this spills from just being a dark expressive art form into actual bullets piercing the skulls of teenagers we need to ask ourselves if this a case of life imitating art or vice versa. Either way, the end result is tragedy and dispersed despair.
Timothy Zachery Mosley aka Timbaland has blessed our ears with some of the most authentic and creative hip hop beats ever. There is stiff competition from Dr Dre, Pharell & Swizz Beats as they have all impacted the 90’s and 00s in emphatic style. Timbaland first worked with artists such as Jodeci, Ginuwine, Missy Elliot and Aaliyah, where his beats seemed futuristic and ahead of his time. He blended R&B and Hip Hop in such a seamless way, it became internationally acceptable and he quickly shot success working with some of the best and most popular artists of our generation. These days we have a mixed bag oh hip hop producers, and a lot of the genre sounds the same. The innovation in his music is blatant and the results are astounding. Timbaland will forever be one of the greatest producers of his time.