This being my very first Throwback Thursday series I had to start this with three gems. The first being from the early 90's, the second from the 2000's, the last being made within the past 2-3 yrs.
1992- "Chief Rocka" Boom shaka aka yo here comes the Chief Rocka, Rock it down…
Loading the player...
Chief Rocka by Lords of The Underground has a special place for me. Not only is it a part of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop but it also has a Notorious BIG connection. How are they connected you say? The chorus off of Biggie's "Machine Gun Funk" off his Ready to Die album. What the Chief Rocka video is that it captures all five elements of Hip-Hop. We have Graffiti, emcees, DJing, B-Boy/Girl, and of course Knowledge is dropped by the Lords of the Underground.
2004- "2 Words" Two words, Chi town, raised me, crazy So I live by two words, "Fuck you, pay me"
Loading the player...
February 10, 2004 was the year when a beatsmith moved from production to lyricist as we witnessed one of the greatest debuts in Hip-Hop history. Through this debut we also witnessed the first wave of Chicago emcees get massive attention as a result of Kanye's prowess lyrically and production wise. College dropout in my opinion is Kanye's most conscious albums and tracks like "2 Words" with Mos Def, Freeway, and the Boys of Harlem choir made this a gritty track that raised awareness like no other track did during its time. It was so great that it was also featured as a performance on Chappelle's Show. A moving, conscious and gritty track is what "2 Words" is. Kanye changed the game since the introduction of College Dropout, we haven't looked back since.
2010- "Radio Daze"
Life is fiction, competition and contradiction Petty perceptions, window dressing for misdirection
Loading the player...
The Roots had a remarkable year in 2010 as a result of a great album. How I got Over, in my opinion was the best album from start to finish but was overshadowed by commercially pushed albums. From this great Roots album is "Radio Daze" a track that wasn't a single by any means but is a phenomenal Hip-Hop track with the additions of BLU, PO.R.N., and Dice Raw which made this a phenomenal, easygoing track to kickback and listen to. It might've been overlooked but it is definitely appreciated.
If you readers have any ideas on what tracks you feel you should make following editions of this Throwback Thursday editions feel free to contact me via twitter to discuss your favorite Hip-Hop tracks of the past +20, 10, and 5 years.
"We got work to do." Optimistically thinking, maybe Preservation shows us that hip hop is far from dead with his new album, Old Numbers, dropping today. Some say the art of hip hop is dead–I would just say it clearly isn't present in the hearts of most main stream artists that a vast quantity of people love today. Preservation does all hip hop fans a favor with this track entitled, "Freedom is Everybody's Job" featuring Mos Def. Preserving the art form of hip hop is a highly liberating task that few take the responsibility of procuring but when artists like Preservation and Mos Def drop tracks like this, it only summons hope for its listeners.
As Ramadan begins hunger strikes and demonstrations continue in Guantanamo Bay in protest against the detainees in American territory. Today marks the first day of Ramadan and also marks the first of many visual inhumanities that occur against people being held in these American political prisons. Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, in collaborations with Reprieve, a human rights charity and Bafta-award winning director Asif Kapadia bring to you an actual demonstration on how many detainees are being forced-fed in these prisons in Guantanamo Bay.
For those that are unaware, Guantanamo Bay has been an American territory in Cuba since 1903. Demonstrations and protests have occured as a result of Barack Obama not being able to fulfill his promise of closing the detention camps in Guantanamo Bay, which he gave his word in 2008. The sad reality is that the United States continues to be the country with the most political prisoners, which is bit ironic due to our democratic values. The reality is that the political detainees held in these camps are tortured and go through different proceedings such as forced-feeding to remain alive. The sad part is that we should already be conscious of this and not have to resort to a conscious emcee to showcase to us the brutality behind these proceedings. So much for land of the free, huh?
If you wish to learn more about what is going on in Guantanamo Bay click here.
If you wish to learn more about Yasiin Bey's (Mos Def) experience under these forced- feeding demonstrations click here.
The September 18th push back that was rumored is now confirmed. The plus side: the reason for the delay, according to Malik Yusef, is that 4 additional features are being added, with one of them being Mighty Mos Def, a.k.a. yasiin bey. For additional features, I can wait a couple more weeks, especially if they're on the level of Mos. And technically, September 18th is still summer... hah! (shouts 2 FSD).
EDIT: I have a sneaky feeling that G.O.O.D. might do the September 6th, post-VMAs iTunes only drop. No sources, no leads, just a suspicion. Feels like that's just the cool way to drop an album now (see: Watch The Throne and Channel Orange). In a related note: it is pretty cool.