Adam's World Weekly 6/25 - Ending The "Real Hip-Hop" Debate
Welcome to the new week everyone.It was blazing hot this past week in the tri-state area, but for as much as I dislike sweating like Patrick Ewing at the free throw line, the parade of sun dresses, skirts, tank tops, and short shorts always make up for it. Being that the a/c unit in my office is located right under my desk, I managed to get quite a bit of writing done. Leading things off this week is my look at the arguments over what's "real hip-hop" and where I think those arguments fall flat. Pop Shots is officially three years old, and I have a column celebrating that fact. The NYC Scene Report has news on a couple former Artists Of The Week, along with a few newcomers. I went down under for this week's RapReviews feature, which is an interview with Aussie hip-hop trio Hilltop Hoods. Finally, I also have a new podcast filled with an hour of great music, and a new Vid Pick from CT soul singer Omar Wilson.
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Ending The "Real Hip-Hop" Debate Once & For All
The debate over whether or not many commercially successful hip-hop artists who crossover and see success in the pop world are “real hip-hop” has been one that’s gone on since Top 40 radio discovered kids of all races and backgrounds enjoy rap music. Most recently this debate was brought to the forefront again when Peter Rosenberg told Hot97’s Summer Jam crowd that he was about “that real hip-hop” and not Nicki Minaj.
Let me preface the rest of this blog post by saying I’m not writing an indictment of Rosenberg, who actually plays some great music, or Nicki, even though I’m not a fan of hers. This is about the “real hip-hop” argument that their incident brought up.
Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is celebrating our third anniversary and we’re doing it the only way we know how - by mocking those that haven’t latest this long! Yes, in honor of three years of Pop Shots we’re puffing out our chests and taking a look at some truly memorable items from pop culture that we have now outlasted. Is it egotistical? Heck yes, but like Tony! Toni! Tone! once sang “it’s our anniversary.” Of course, it goes without saying, that since this is Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.
NYC Scene Report - Johnny Voltik, Nat Osborn, Deathrow Tull, & More
In this edition of the NYC scene report we have news on a musically daring project from Johnny Voltik, something that's sure to move you from The Nat Osborn Band, a brand new video from Deathrow Tull that features the monsters that you always thought were hiding under your bed, and a fiery demo from female rocker Carley Portera.
Australia is well known for its gorgeous scenery, their national symbol of the kangaroo, and beer that comes in oversized cans. Something else they should be known for is their hip-hop scene, which has been steadily growing over the past twenty-plus years. Hilltop Hoods, which is the trio of MC Pressure, Suffa and DJ Debris (pictured L to R), have been a part of that growing scene since they formed as a group back in 1991 (at the time their DJ was DJ Next, but he left the group in the late 90s to pursue another career, and DJ Debris, who had been producing, became the group’s full time DJ). With the release of Drinking from the Sun they’re now seven albums deep, and they have three DVDs to go with those albums. It’s the kind of catalog most artists dream of having.
This week, I caught up with MC Pressure to find out more about the group, and the way in which they’re in a perfect position musically. MC Pressure also discussed the meaning of Drinking from the Sun, and talked about the grant Hilltop Hoods created to help aspiring hip-hop artists in Australia.
Do you have that 2:30 feeling? Well, hopefully it’s a 2:30AM feeling and you’re amped to keep the party going because that’s exactly what this edition of my ABX podcast is going to do. I guess, technically, if you were feeling sluggish it would be quite the effective pick me up, as well, so no matter how you’re feeling the PLAY button is the answer to your prayers. (I’m assuming you were praying for some great hip-hop. If you weren’t, what are you doing here?)
This month’s edition of The Adam B Experience features 14 songs, including a few ABX artist debuts, with everything adding up to nearly an hour of music. I’ve also thrown in some of my own personal brand of lunacy for good measure.
BS - Yoda Flame Jesse Abraham w/ Emilio Rojas & TreZure Empire - Parallels CookBook - Insomniac Kalil Johnson - Atlas Tony Cankles - Bangers On A Set List Expertiz - At Last Illus w/ Blueprint - Extraordinary Vorheez - Agoraphobia The Milky Way - Dubai YC The Cynic - Rude Boy Jamaican Jacky P - Lisa Bonet Birdcall w/ Klokwize & Tedy - Bring It Right Back The Other Guys - Drum For Me Satnam - Stop Cryin’ Yo!
As always, thanks for reading and have a fantastic week.
Produced by Psycho Les Strings: Mireya Ramos Cuts: DJ Eclipse Mixed by Spent DNero at Goblin Music Studio
Video Credits: Directed by Yan Producers: New Pace Productions & Enemy Soil Films Camera: Bill Connell, JC Costa, Mike McRath Second Camera: Luke Rafferty Editors: JC Costa & Yan Colorist: Bill Connell
'Go Hard Or Go Home' is the fifth song from Zuby's 'Commercial Underground 2' album to receive the video treatment. The track (produced by Finnish producer OP Beats) features Zuby flowing as confidently as ever over a head nodding banger of a beat, reminiscent of a 90's US West Coast sound. The verses are heavy on Zuby's deft wordplay and are broken up by simple yet infectious hook, inspired by one of Zuby's own life mottos, 'Go Hard or Go Home'.
Seasons is the debut instrumental project by based Brooklyn producer, DJ, and self proclaimed "record hoarder" Keith Edward released by 95Labs. Inspired by the mixed emotions triggered by weather patterns and cyclical changes in New York City, the 21 track project takes the listener on a musical journey through the city's four seasons beginning with Spring playing thru the end of Winter.
This documentary takes a journey into the world of Castro y Gambin - Los Galactikos. See them perform at the 2012 Spanish Harlem Puerto Rican festival on the mega stage, and at the 2012 Jackson Avenue Puerto Rican Festival! The video includes behind the scenes footage from the Puerto Rican festival plus music by Los Galactikos.
Video: Big Dutty Deeze - "This Is England" (prod. Rediculus)
As England gear up to quarter final match this weekend in Euro 2012 nothing seemed more apt than to let you off with this superb music video lifted from Big Dutty Deeze's forthcoming debut album 'The English Gentleman'. Created & directed by the UK's leading Hip-Hop broadcaster & channel Urban Vibe UK this video is getting love from both sides of the pond.
Peoples Army rapper Wordplay gives his spin on the new Juvenile and Rick Ross track POWER. Referencing revolutionaries from Fred Hampton to Mumia Abu-Jamal, aiming at the agencies he blames for their fate, he raps "They try discrediting any ni**a that's threatening the system and its effort to keep you thinking you benefit".