I have a problem. It’s something that I noticed a while ago and I think its something that has to do with my introduction to a wide array of musical genres as a child. My problem is is that it’s really really hard for me to dislike music. I have such an appreciation for it in all its forms that I sometimes find myself listening to a schizophrenic range of sounds in the whip or on the iPod. You really have to go out of your way for me to just completely despise what someone creates musically. Now in the midst of this self-awareness I have discovered there is a certain context within music that I gravitate to more than others and that context is something that I have defined for myself as “Liberation Rock”. It can be described as music that is subversive, revolutionary, political, challenges the status quo, mostly positive and even militaristic. A few examples of this would be “Know Your Rights” by The Clash, “Politik Kills” by Manu Chao, “Gentleman” by Fela Kuti, “Do It Like A G-O” by The Geto Boys, “Confrontation” by Damian Marley, “Rush Of Blood To The Head” by Coldplay, “Everyman For Himself” by Billy Blue, “In One Ear” by Cage The Elephant, “The Catalyst” by Linkin Park, “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday and the list goes on. I guess up against my political and social upbringing songs and artists like these strike a chord with me. Now this affinity for “Liberation Rock” doesn’t negate or take away from songs and artists that don’t necessarily fall under that personal category for me. Dependent on the environment, I have the uncanny ability to sit and universally enjoy whatever is coming through the speakers at almost any given time. But songs that express the qualities of my very own genre of “Liberation Rock” definitely get more burn in the system by far. And as it happens through their music I develop an interest in the artist him or herself. Sometimes the journey into the world of the artist outside of the music they create can be fruitless and even disheartening. Quite literally your hero’s musically can be real assholes or morons in almost every other facet. But in all honesty that is a rare occasion. And even sometimes it’s the inverse and the personality and mentality of the artist outweighs the music they create and the person becomes more of an interest than his or her art. In regards to Lil B I must admit I’m somewhere in the middle of those extremes.
June 16, 2011 marks what would have been the 40th birthday of rap’s late, great fallen son, Tupac Amaru Shakur. His short but polarizing life – mixed with brilliant music and acting, personal triumphs and tragedies, and mysteries yet to be unraveled – is still fodder for media hounds and fans across the globe even today.
All told, Tupac is a real-life persona who lived his life to the fullest. His name is nearly always listed among the Top Rappers Dead or Alive by just about everyone, and he left behind a catalog of thoughtful, controversial, raunchy, and political albums that will live on for generations to come.
On this bittersweet Hip-Hop born day, AllHipHop.com pauses to celebrate Tupac’s life and to imagine – in both a funny and nostalgic way – what he might have accomplished had he lived to see age 40:
By now, you probably heard that CNN is breaking up. Now, I immediately started to get rumors that the real cause of this is the allegations that Capone was a snitch. Here is the explanation that Nore gave for the break up.
“I’m not making another war report album or another N.O.R.E ALBUM IMMA MAKE THE 1st S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G album cause that what’s good for now. CNN was a great group.”
“Time has changed I must move on.” He also went on to write, “Doesn’t it hurt to watch a boxer still box when he’s heart isn’t in it that’s what the group feels like right now.”
Well, NORE is right about the “was” part. Maybe this can be resolved.
TY NITTY LASHES BACK AT PRODIGY!
Looks like Ty Nitty is a bit upset about what Prodigy is claiming about him getting shot by N.O.R.E.! Well he did an interview with our boy Waleed Coyote at 102 Jamz and Ty had a few words for Prodigy … “wankster” was one of those words.
(AllHipHop News) A number of popular rappers have filed a lawsuit against CBS Interactive and its website, CNET.
Rappers like The Ying Yang Twins, 2 Live Crew, JT Money, The Force MDS, J-Shin and singing group Pretty Ricky filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California yesterday (May 3rd).
The lawsuit claims CBS Interactive’s website CNET was the main distributor of the LimeWire peer2peer sharing software, which was been downloaded over 220 million times.
In addition to LimeWire, CNET helped distribute such popular programs as Morpheus (174 million downloads), iMesh (115 million downloads) and FrostWire (32 million downloads).
The rappers claim CBS made massive amounts of revenue from the P2P providers on a “pay per download” basis, in addition to the revenue generated by advertisements shown on the download screen.
“Defendants are liable as vicarious infringers for the copyright infringement committed via P2P client software that Defendants created, distributed and promoted, including LimeWire and others,” the lawsuit claims.
The rappers seek millions in damages, attorney fees and court costs.