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Jay-Z album – Magna Carta Holy Grail (Darren’s thoughts)

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The above Photo speaks volumes about what in my opinion Jay-Z has brought to Hip-Hop… corporate thinking that has taken the focus away from the struggles of ordinary African-Americans. I’ve seen numerous interviews with the man on Television & in print over the years, with the impression I always get is his OWN feeling of self-importance – maybe it’s cultural perhaps with him being an American and a rapper?

After watching the below short video from Samsung – yeah that’s correct.
Hip-Hop has gone from it’s understandable connection with Street Culture especially Fashion to now sadly selling Mobile Phones for a South Korean Multinational.

You’ll be understanding my viewpoint after this Promotional Advert for Jay-Z new album out on the *4th of July (as one does) –

Magna Carta Holy Grail‘…

The manner of the advert in making Jay-Z appear as if some form genius is laughable, I suggest it’s more to do with having Corporations constantly informing us (the 99%) that he is?

After seeing that ‘Glory/Worship Fest’ of Jay-Z, I connected it with a conversation that BBC Hip-Hop DJ – Tim Westwood had with 50 Cent around sarcastic remarks made by Jay-Z regarding Mr. Cent.

What results is a very interesting analysis from 50 Cent on the psychology of Jay-Z in late 2009.

Watch from 3mins : 30secs onwards…

Hip-Hop is now under the tight control of the Corporate Elite, as they realised the raw power of the music as a way to improve humanity for the 99% in raising awareness of social inequality & bringing diverse people together – therefore ending ignorance. As mentioned in my now extensive archive on this website; culture has been hijacked by a Western Elite with the aim of lowering the intelligence of Consumers yet maximising profits. This is why Musicians with the Political Strength of John Lennon or Joan Baez aren’t around these days, but the current crop who are endorse everything from Luxury Cars to Chewing Gum.

Ask yourself is life in this early 21st Century Perfect, are all the problems of Humanity been successfully eradicated?

The answer sadly & possibly tragically for all of us is NO…

Article: ‘Yes He Can… start World War 3…!!!’ – Planet X Live.co.uk, Friday, 14th June 2013

I’ll end this article with a surprising recent upload on Tim Westwood’s vast YouTube Channel, something that he was involved way back in 1990. That being a time when Rappers might not have had Off-shore Bank Accounts yet could understand the ordinary person on the street…

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*Note:
Jay-Z released his breakthrough Album –
‘The Blueprint’ on Tuesday 11th September 2001 with some it actually being recorded in Manhattan (Manhattan Center Studios)
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Happy Birthday Slick Rick

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Oh lordy, I love Slick Rick! If your Rakims, KRSs, Biggies and Nas’ are the heavy hitters that everyone digs, Slick Rick is always my number one. Easily the greatest voice hip-hop has ever witnessed, he also possesses quite probably the most vivid imagination we’ve ever seen across any musical platform. In terms of lyrics and concepts, he is the Picasso of this here music, portraying gloriously panoramic visions that have spanned everything from cautionary tales for the youth devoid of bad language, right up to an analysis of why men love bumming women. Versatility and then some.

On here I’ve waxed lyrical enough times about the magic and magnificence of him, whether it’s digging great re-edits of his tracks, marvelling at him chilling with fellow hip-hop royalty or the plain absurdity of his outfits, he gets more props and stunts than Bruce Willis from me. But Ricky is 48 today, so it’s time to throw him even more love.

The way I’m going to do this is offer three unheralded gems from Rick, all alongside the above links, to show what a fantastically brilliant rapper he was capable of being. Drum roll…

Rick’s second album wasn’t as vaunted as his first but this lead single was up there with everything on Misadventures. Bolstered by his signature pared back storytelling vibe, the energy of the beat means he’s a little bit faster in his delivery than usual, squeezing the words into the bars, but not on some Bone Thugs or Das EFX’s rapido vibes, literally just a quick rick. Add the brilliant ‘La Di Da Di’ refrain of ‘I’m feeling Sad and blue’ cut up for the chorus and we’re talking Uncle Ricky gold.

The ability to combine the absurd and the macabre is pretty much what makes Rick the genius he is, his gentle humour imbued delivery capable of offsetting the sheer lunacy of his lyrics. This record, detailing his plans to murder a obese wife who no longer does it for him, is an emphatic example of that manner in which he delivers. An absolute classic of lyrical monstrosity.

The briefest of cameos from Ricky on Montell Jordan’s 1996 jam takes the record from decent R&B number to quirky track, and obviously the presence of all that gold in the video just makes it ten times better. Rick was adored on the west coast as well, his languid patter perfect for that sound and its shows up across a pantheon of the artists over there. Obviously the Snoop love is well known, as is Montell sampling Children’s Story on the immense ‘This is how we do it‘, but he had major love form the likes of Warren G and Too $hort (see main pic) as well. They knew what I knew.

Happy Birthday to The Ruler…

PUTV DJ Mix

This weekend I am rocking up in London for Pump up the Volume, alongside headliner Tayo for the final set of the night. It’s a 90s revival party and it’s fancy dress, it will be beyond ridiculous and now there’s a natty DJ mix from the PUTV crew to promote it which you can stream below.

Want further information? Head on over to my previous post explaining it in full detail.

Remembering Nate Dogg

I admit it, I full on miss Nate Dogg.

Somewhere between the ideas of guilty pleasure and full on hero worship, I reckon there’s a part of your musical tastes where favouritism completely swings your judgement. You know when you know full well the Beatles are the better band but you just kind of like the Kinks that little bit more? Or knowing Carl Cox is a superior DJ but really, you’d much rather go and see someone like Reboot? It’s when for whatever reason someone who is actually very good at music has a characteristic or quality that elevates their talent in your eyes to near mythical proportions. This is how I feel when I hear Nate Dogg’s voice.

Aside from the odd exception (the above being a standout example) Nate was very rarely much kop by himself, instead the kind of aural butter that drenched the bread of others beautifully. But by god did his presence completely lift a record. The amount of times he completely outshone rappers on wax is monumental, from the moment he announced his voice to the mainstream on ‘Regulate’ to the his scene stealing moments on ‘The Chronic‘ and ‘Doggystyle‘. He stood toe to toe with the west coast brethren he grew up with, added a honey coated zeal to ‘proper’ emcees like Ghostface Killah, Mos Def and Pharaohe Monch and made misogyny sound so sweet even Emmeline Pankhurst would have had a wide-on. Peep the below for an example.

I’ve djed on an amateur and professional basis now for just shy of a decade, and the only time I’ve ever come close to the emotion I experienced during a mini-tribute after Nate passed last year was at a memorial night for a close friend. It’s unnerving to a degree how much the death of someone I never knew can affect me, especially considering that his input on the music I love is really a footnote. The talent of Biggie and Big L still makes the hair stand on the back of my neck but I never get actually emotional about him no longer being here. Yet the fact this rotund hoe-hating troubadour is no longer with us actually makes me sad. It’s ridiculous but in a way quite endearing.

There’s other ways in which he provokes a smile really, check out this footage below of him chasing someone with a golf club (with a beyond awesome cameo from Method Man and Wu). Which pretty much sums up Nate, who turned the frankly ridiculous into something beyond sublime. Just like namesake and brother from another mother Snoop, he brought a fun loving freestyle sheen to hip-hop which made borderline disgusting themes humorous and amiable. The P.I.M.P. soccermums could dig. We’ll never have a voice quite like it again in music.

Halloween Pump Up The Volume – Saturday 27th October at Visions Video Bar, Dalston

I’ve got my first London gig in just over five years on Halloween weekend, playing for 90s party-starters Pump up the Volume. It’s the fourth time I’ve played for PUTV, doing two festival gigs last year for them at Latitude and Isle of Wight last year and one show in the Shipping Forecast for them in march this year. But this will be me coming to their London centrepiece, and I’ll be alongside Tayo, main resident Wang Chung and Toby Williams. Facebook event details here.

I may even (gulp) record a mix to promote this gig, but I did get together a Spotify playlist chart based on my festival performances last year. Stream that below.

Hip-Hop samples

Nice little video pointing out some very obvious samples in hip-hop alongside some lesser known ones.

2Pac Hologram at Coachella

Outrageous idea, but looks like it was executed quite cleverly. Obviously it’s cos he’s really alive and was actually backstage all along.

Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def adds a video to Jay & Kanye diss

Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) delivers a pretty hefty diss to BOTH Jay-Z & Kanye West which goes a lot further than the usual ‘I fucked your Bitch‘ or ‘Suck my Dick‘ refrains that have been the epitome of hip-hop anger and ire in the past. The track leaked a few weeks ago but there’s now a video genuinely sticking the finger; Yasiin has certainly laid his cards out here.

Be an interesting seeing how this one develops. Original video below

Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh ‘la di Da di’ LIVE

Aside from immediate family and one or two friends Slick Rick is my favourite person ever. Unquestionably. I actually wouldn’t be that disappointed if I lost an eye just cos I’d get to wear a patch. This video has him tearing through the classic ‘La Di Da Di’ (famously covered by Snoop) with Doug E Fresh and wearing the sickest eyewear ever. To the untrained eye (sorry) it looks like something out of a Christmas cracker, but this is a man who could make a £15 budget at Matalan stretch to look ridiculously fly. Just watch and marvel at the greatest.

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