Archive for July, 2010

Sound Of The Funky Drummer

Posted in Random Gibberish on July 4, 2010 by theoppositionmachine

so about a week ago today i watched rap legends public enemy make 90% of what constitutes modern hip hop utterly irrelevant. And they did it by playing material from 1991 and older. They had a full band with them, including a DJ *not X, he retired years ago. No worries tho. DJ Lord was absolutely flawless and may have even topped Terminator.* Maybe I am an old fogey who doesn’t get it , and when it comes to rap maybe i never did, but WHY is there no act out there today who can even come CLOSE to these guys? They played for 2.5 hours and NEVER let up and NEVER stopped moving. I hear people talk about how this act is HARD or this act  is INTENSE and I listen to it and NOTHING. NOT EVEN CLOSE. When was the last time you heard a fierce beat in hip hop? when was the last time you heard someone speak out or against whats going on in society today? It doesn’t really happen anymore. It’s all been relegated to sex, drugs, and violence. All good times, no hard rhymes.

As I reread this, I realize that I am mostly talking about yer radio style hip hop. I know there are some people who are trying to rise above the garbage that populates the mainstream *KRS-One and Mr. Lif come to mind*. But it’s a minority. I remember back when rap was starting out there was room for the gangster rapper, the conscious rapper, the party rapper. But as the machine rolls on, it seems like intelligence in hip hop is fading, or even mocked in some circles. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the end of the day. Once the big labels smelled a payday, the dumbing down was inevitable, but it’s always sad to see something with so much potential turned into nothing but a shadow of what it could have been.

Next post will be more metal-centric. Promise.