Uncle Luke has set a lot of trends in the game, and whether they're good or
bad trends, he's still made some shit happen. However, Luke may be overestimating
his own contributions in a recent interview with Vibe when, talking about his
upcoming book, he says, "When people read it, they're gonna feel like I
was the lady who created the Underground Railroad." Unless Luke's been
putting in some OT in Darfur in between his DVD's, I'm thinking that may be
a bit of an overstatement, possibly the overstatement of the year. Of course
how we judge history is all subjective, but I'm willing to go out on a limb
and wager that freeing slaves is a little more important than watching two chicks
go at it with a crowd of creepy dudes watching. Risking your life for freedom
versus bikinis in videos I guess it all comes down to slavery versus 2
Live Crew I sure hope my kids can read about, or even better watch Uncle
Luke's contributions in school.
I've seen Yung
Joc's video a million times and I'm still not sure why anyone is supposed to
meet him and what exactly is going down. Someone told me it was a song about
hustling. I refuse to believe that. Who would make a song about hustling in
2006? Hasn't that been done before a million times. The people have to be tired
of hearing about crack by now. Besides, Freddie Foxxx said he hasn't seen an
active crack block in years who wouldn't believe Bumpy Knucks? Anyway,
I threw the hustling idea out as soon as it came in because I knew that was
publicist attempted to explain it to me. She wrote: "Yung Joc is telling
everyone that basically wherever he's at is where the party is at. So if he's
at the mall, the club or the trap in ATL, it's going down in a major way! Wherever
him and his crew is at is where it's poppin!" Latrice, Latrice, Latrice,
did you actually think I would buy that? I know there's some secret meaning
to this song and it's your job to not tell the secret and let every individual
figure it out on their own, but all I was looking for was a hint. I am 95% Latrice
knows what really is going down but she won't tell me. I can't blame her either.
Once you're in the Yung Joc Secret Society you have to obey the rules, the most
important of course being "Don't talk about what's going down." I
asked a lot of rappers, DJ's and industry heads, and none of them had any better
answers, but I could only draw one conclusion: they're all in the YJSS as well.
Where is my invitation? I can do the motorcycle dance! I practice! I can get
to the mall if need be. I can get to the trap if I can Mapquest it. Hell I can
even borrow some decent clothes from one of my friends and make it to the club so
where is my invitation? Although I think I'm close to finding the real answer
because one of executive members of the club, Session, tried to really throw
me off the trail by telling me Joc was getting everyone together for a "heated
game of Twister." Session even provided a picture as proof. When I asked
why Yung Joc wasn't in the picture, he said that was because he was taking the
picture. Apparently Yung Joc has a habit of signing all his pictures (and misspelling
his name). I will not stop until I get my membership card into the YJSS.
been feeling that he hasn't had enough friends lately as he's recently joined
the MySpace club and made his own page. I have not received word yet on how
to crack the Top 8 but I'll share the information as I get it.
Some better news
is the homeboy D.O.E. getting married congrats, homie!
Why did my AIM
cut off right when I was putting Poison Pen on to Tubgirl? I had to email him
the material instead.
Remember when Jurassic
5 once rapped, "We are no superstars/Who wanna be large and forget who
we are/Don't judge us by bank accounts and big cars/No matter how bright we
shine we're far from being stars." Tell that to the forced J5/Scott Storch
blind date "Brown Girl." I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a J5 fan.
Granted some of what they say gets repetitive after awhile, but what music doesn't?
Jurassic 5 grew a lot on Power in Numbers, but Feedback is a tough listen. I
guess when Cut Chemist left the group Jimmy Iovine stepped in as the sixth member.
One of the things
I really didn't understand in my interview with Zaakir was how he was saying
how they tried to do it the way they knew how and people didn't respond. Last
I checked J5 stayed on the road and did shows in the past like Smokin' Grooves
and Lollapalooza. Not too many hip-hop acts can get on those bills, so obviously
someone likes what they're doing. Unfortunately it sounds like they're watching
the Black Eyed Peas more than their fans.
This Jurassic 5
album and a conversation with my boy about it has led me to my next idea. You
know how artists are always talking about how they have their "club, street
and political" shit on their album because they're touching everything?
Yung Joc doesn't need to talk politics about as much as Immortal Technique doesn't
need to be revving an invisible motorcycle in a music video, or whatever that
dance is called. What's the one question everyone, no matter where you're from,
was asked when they were a kid? What do you want to be when you grow up? If
someone would have said, "I want to do my lawyer thing on Monday and Tuesday,
maybe get my heart surgery on on Wednesday, and probably do the teaching thing
on Thursday and Friday," they would have gotten laughed at. There's no
way someone could do all those things at once and be good at all three. Yet
that same line of thinking is almost completely ignored in hip-hop. Thus, it's
time to restructure things a little bit so that all these rappers can maximize
their potential and stop wasting our time.
I'm not sure of
the exact system yet, but it should be sort of like the way employers treat
one's level of education during the hiring process. If you have a math background,
you don't teach English, just like if you have a background of not knowing how
to read, you don't make certain songs which may require that you've read a book
or two in the past. Same goes for if you're one of those dudes who's stayed
inside and read books all the time and maybe been to a club once and stood on
the wall hating it, you don't make a song about being in the club. If you've
lived a comfy life, whether in the city or 'burbs or wherever, then you're not
qualified for making songs about selling drugs. A problem is that everyone wants
everything, but certain MC's are only cut out for certain things but they just
don't want to recognize it.
And don't call
this shit "segregating the music." That term sounds so stupid in that
context. It's more like organizing. For example, I'm sure most everyone else,
like me, has a drawer for socks and a drawer for shirts. It's good to have separate
drawers for socks and shirts because sometimes you need socks and sometimes
you need a shirt. If they were all jumbled together, you'd have the potential
to make a mess every time you just needed a pair of socks. And please don't
bring any sandals arguments in here right now