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Ten Videos From X - DMX That Is - X Gonna Give It to Ya!

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[DMX courtesy Wikimedia Commons]Perhaps I'm feeling overly nostalgic but right now I miss the era when Earl Simmons b/k/a DMX was only thought of as a top notch hip-hop artist and not the constant train wreck of court cases, probation violations and reality television that his life has become. There was a time when DMX seemed to be the unquestioned top hardcore to pop crossover hip-hop star, but almost as soon as he peaked at the top, he came crashing down at an even faster rate.

What he left behind in a meteoric blaze of glory was a memorable series of hip-hop songs and music videos that we can all still enjoy to the present day, while we all pray that he somehow someway eventually gets his life together. Even if that never happens he did leave behind an artist legacy that while at times provoked mirth (such as his constant growling and barking) also proved memorable for the genuine emotions he put into every song. Whether he was happy, depressed, angry or horny, whether what you heard was memorable, evocative or outright crass, you never had any question about what DMX was feeling. He laid it all on the line with the full boldness of his personality and delivery in an unforgettable way, and this video selection pays tribute to Dark Man X for that hip-hop legacy.

1.) DMX - "Slippin'"

2.) DMX - "X Gon' Give it To Ya"

3.) DMX - "What's My Name?"

4.) DMX - "Ruff Ryders' Anthem"

5.) DMX f/ Sisqo - "What They Really Want"

6.) DMX - "Who We Be"

7.) DMX - "How's It Goin' Down"

8.) DMX - "Party Up (Up In Here)"

9.) DMX - "Get At Me Dog"

10.) DMX - "Stop Being Greedy"

Editorial: A Quick Rant on Hip-Hop Elitism

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Snow courtesy Wikimedia Commons]It's December. It's bloody cold outside. There's snow falling all around and it's going to make it s--t to drive anywhere. Going to the gym, the record store, even the grocery store is going to be a pain. It's not even that the snow itself makes it less safe to drive, provided everybody exercises common sense, it's just that most people seem to forget all of it and panic the moment a snowflake hits the window pane of their car.

A lack of common sense - yes that often reminds me of the intellectual snobbery that can take over when you've got a college degree and you've been writing about hip-hop for far too long. You start to think in a very limited way about hip-hop music, that it needs to be progressive and advance society, and that it needs to be written only for people who can appreciate the intricacies of well constructed wordplay and powerful metaphor. You can get too wrapped up in all these high ideals of what hip-hop should be, and you can wind up looking down your long ponderous nose with a squinted eye toward anything that dares to refer to women as "b---ches" and "hoes" even if you once danced to that very same music at the club or bounced your head to it while driving around in a broken down Volvo.

Like the falling snow the opinions of hip-hop elitists and their notions of art for art's snake can be frozen in time for a moment and then melt away at the first hint of the sun. The very act of writing an editorial is a form of self-masturbation, thinking one's opinion merits such higher value that it should be shared with the world, but putting my own snowbound metaphor to the test it proves that I too am susceptible to this kind of thinking. I like to say now and then that "art doesn't exist in a vacuum" and therefore reflects the reality of the world around us. Therefore hip-hop should never just be high art, no matter what lofty aspirations any of us has for it to be considered in the same regard as poetry, classical music, or paintings by Rembrandt and Picasso.

No let's be quite real about it -- hip-hop art that exists in a vacuum where nobody ever drinks, smokes or f---s or uses foul language just isn't hip-hop at all because all of those things are a part of real life too. Real life is in fact vulgar and crass a lot of the time. Just because I've chosen to clean up some of the language in my own writing because Google AdSense demands it lest I don't get paid doesn't mean I expect the same from hip-hop, and neither should anyone else.

In short let's all remember that shaking dat ass is just as much a valid form of hip-hop art as ponderous hip-hop lyrics about the nature of the universe and the social stratification of society and what we can all do to make the world a better place. Sometimes all we need to do to make the world a better place is exercise a little common sense, not look down our noses at everything, and completely miss that sometimes hip-hop can just be fun.

Audio: @IAmDJFresh - "#SuperFreshChallenge (Hit Dem Folks)" @FlyLikeDove

Audio: DJ Fresh - "#SuperFreshChallenge (Hit Dem Folks)"

Dove: Louisville's DJ Fresh is lighting up Instagram these days with his breakout viral dance hit "#SuperFreshChallenge (Hit Dem Folks)" featuring GoodLook (aka Lil B). Over the years, Fresh built a name for himself mashing up various genres of music and engaging audiences with his energetic performance style, while traveling the world with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Yo Gotti and Rich Homie Quan.

Video: @Nastyelgic - "Killin Hip Hop"

Video: Nastyelgic - "Killin Hip Hop"

A.S.: New Jersey based hip hop artist Nastyelgic back with a brand new video for his track "Killin Hip Hop". Watch below.

Audio: KD Young Cocky f/ G Herbo - "Take a Hit" (@Gherbo @KD_youngcocky)

Audio: KD Young Cocky f/ G Herbo - "Take a Hit"

B.G.: Songwriter KD Young Cocky is back with new music, Nervous ft. G Herbo produced by Plug. The mid tempo, sinister intro sets the tone for the song, with KD rapping, which is not his usual approach. With a simple hook, "Gang Make These Niggas Nervous," KD and G Herbo rap about being real ones and cream of the crop and in their own lane.

Video: @Snowgoons f/ Locksmith, Skrewtape & Rite Hook - "Problems"

Video: Snowgoons f/ Locksmith, Skrewtape & Rite Hook - "Problems"

Andreas: Team Backpack`s Locksmith, Philly newcomer Skrewtape and singer/rapper Rite Hook from Boston are telling a story of their every day struggle but at the same time will uplift you to stay positive and look forward in life. The video was shot in Boston, New York and Philadelphia by DJ Illegal of the Snowgoons.

Video: Matt Citron - "Stay Down" (@MattCitronMTZ @StacheMedia)

Video: Matt Citron - "Stay Down"

Stache: Final Moments of Forever, Available for pre-order now. First Single "Save My Soul" out now.

Audio: Rohn Bueller - "Forever" (@rohnbueller @IStillLoveHER)

Audio: Rohn Bueller - "Forever"

Wanja: 'Forever' by Rohn Bueller is a call to arms to oneself to re-establish his place in this game. With everything mainstream going on it was important to remind the hip-hop culture that there is still a heart in hip-hop. Getting his hands on this beat that hit a chord in his heart and then unleashing it on the track.

Video: Ace Ramon - "Making of Hunger Gamez" (@ACEMRLYRIKAL @Sultan617)

Video: Ace Ramon - "Making of Hunger Gamez"

WMS: Brockton based artist/song writer Ace Ramon getting into the details of making his latest single "Hunger Gamez" look out for the music video coming soon.

Video: @casmetah @th3oryhazit @soulspazm "Forget About It (Remix)"

Video: Cas Metah - "Forget About It (Theory Hazit Remix)"

The Columbus, Ohio native gives fans a small taste of what to expect with his "Forget About It" video, remixed by Theory Hazit. Watch the clip and pre-order Second Wind -- featuring Casual, Wordsworth, Craig G, D.V. Alias Khryst, Blueprint, Copywrite and production from J57.

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