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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.

The Hip-Hop Shop #404 - Enough's Enough Buddy!




It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #404 is Enough's Enough Buddy! Today you'll hear new material from MC Bravado, Quelle Chris, L'Orange & Mr. Lif and more! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show - like The Drunk Train from Adam Bernard.

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Tracks featured this week:

* L'Orange & Mr. Lif - There's An Art to Sleeping
* MC Bravado f/ Eze Jackson - Enough's Enough
* Element Rhymes - Wherever I Go
* Quelle Chris - Buddies
* Ron Oneal - Pull Up In Da Wraith
* Drama Sinatra - Juice
* Josh Jacobs - What Up
* Aliano & Jakk Wonders - Classic Like That

Audio: @ImCoolCourtney - "The Mud Mixtape" (@JoeBayer)


Audio: Cool Courtney - "The Mud Mixtape"

Joe: Its easy to see why the city of Memphis has acquired such nicknames as Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock n Roll. Since the dawn of American music, the city has served as a springboard for several new styles of music and Cool Courtney is one of the latest artists to emerge from the music-infused city.

Audio: @MCBravado f/ Eze Jackson - "Enough's Enough" (@IStillLoveHER)


Audio: MC Bravado f/ Eze Jackson - "Enough's Enough"

Wanja: Rapper/English Teacher MC Bravado recruits one of Baltimore's dopest and most respected voices, Eze Jackson, for "Enough's Enough", a vitriolic battle cry for "the other 99%." One of MC B's earliest influences as an artist was Nonphixion, and it shouldn't take a seasoned ear long to deduce Brav is echoing their sentiments with his own voice of dissent.

Audio: @Jermiside & L-Marr the Star - "We Are" (@HiPNOTT)


Audio: Jermiside & L-Marr the Star - "We Are"

HiPNOTT: JERMISIDE & L-MARR THE STAR
"WE ARE"
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OFF THE UPCOMING EP, GOD BLESS THE CHILD,
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Video: Kake Kennedy - "Gucci" (@RealKakeKennedy @DMVLIFE1)


Video: Kake Kennedy - "Gucci"

DMV: The talented DMV artist Kake Kennedy (@RealKakeKennedy) just dropped her new music video on us, "Gucci". Representing Rich Boy Lifestyle, she shows off her ability to make music for the streets and the masses. The crisp visuals match the vivid sound of the track and the results are undeniable!

Video: G-Mo Skee - "Human Cloth" (@g_mo_skee)


Video: G-Mo Skee - "Human Cloth"

JW: G-Mo Skee new album "My Filthy Spirit Bomb" has become one of most anticipated releases of the underground and will feature tracks with Twiztid, Hopsin, The INF Gang, D12, as well as production by Michael "SEVEN" Summers, C-Lance, Nobe, and The Jokerr. The album is currently available for pre-order online at TwiztidShop.com.

Audio: P.SO & 2 Hungry Bros - "Dark Matter[s]" (@itsPSOnow @2HungryBros @HiPNOTT)


Audio: P.SO & 2 Hungry Bros - "Dark Matter[s]"

HiPNOTT: TWITTER HANDLES: @itspsonow | @2HungryBros | @OkayPlayer | @HiPNOTT

Video: Codes - "Bumps" (@psychodiscorecs)


Video: Codes - "Bumps"

Cam: Relishing in his critically acclaimed new EP, 'Bumps,' Brooklyn Bounce purveyor Codes is now releasing a visual counterpart to the project with the official music video for title-track "Bumps."


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