Although most of you got what I was saying in my middle finger piece, a few decided to put words in my mouth in their email replies. Instead of answering you one by one. Let me address the hall in this fashion. In fact I can prove what we really think courtesy of Rhapsody. Killer Mike, DJ Drama, and Devin the Dude all comment on special hip-hop moments in there life in regards to hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill, De La Soul, and Slick Rick.
Before do anything let me say this, I love hip-hop. We love hip-hop. I just don't like it when people try to hold some sh*t over your head as if you owe them something. If you loved it that much that building wouldn't be for sale right now. You've never heard anyone from New Orleans saying sh*t like "that ain't real jazz". We have too much respect and love for jazz to say something that stupid. Jazz comes in a million different forms whether we like it or not. Hip-hop is the same. And I just feel like we went through that corny stage back in the day where n*ggas were divided by comments made by rappers. We should be past that.
1991, there was a mom and pop gospel and hip-hop store -- in the hood you find the same stores do well with both of those genres -- and there was one right up the street from my high school. I walked in there and saw, in the 99-cent bin, a single for "How I Could Just Kill a Man." "Pigs" was on the B-side, I think. It was a cassingle. I saw that in the bin, and I saw the skull logo and that grainy black and white image of Muggs and B-Real, and the other side was red. So, just based on the imagery, I was like, "I gotta hear this." I just grabbed the tape, unheard, and threw it in the walkman. The walk from the record store to the train station was about five minutes. And in the span of those five minutes, I was a fan. I was like, "This is the dopest sh*t ever." I wouldn't even let my man listen to it.
For more from Killer on Cypress Hill click here
I remember when motherf*ck*n' "Me, Myself and I" first dropped. I think seeing the video was the first time I really [was exposed to De La Soul]. Clearly, they were a little different. It became known as the D.A.I.S.Y. Age. They may have gone over a lot of people's heads, but when you go back and listen to them, they were groundbreaking. They were a little eccentric, eclectic, and it was something interesting. I liked their sound. You couldn't pinpoint it. It didn't sound like anything else. As far as an album goes, the way their album was put together was groundbreaking at the time because, nobody had really did like skits back then, so they really kind of introduced that to the game. I've been a fan of De La ever since.
For more from Drama on De La Soul click here
Devin the Dude:
When I first heard "La Di Da Di," it was a wrap. KTSU would play new hip-hop every Saturday morning. They were the first ones who played a lot of new hip-hop. I remember when it first came out, Jazzy Red and the DJs at KTSU like Marcus Love would get it while it was hot. ... The beatboxin' from Doug E. Fresh [caught my attention] the very first time I heard it. I didn't know what to pay attention to, the beatbox or the rap. When you tried to listen to the beat box, then Slick Rick hit this high pitched voice havin' fun with the rhymes so it forced you to go back over to it. Every time you heard it, you laughed, danced, and at the end, it had a storyline. A lot of rap didn't have storylines back then, but Slick Rick was real good at that. Anybody can just say they're a story teller, but there's an art to it and he figured it out. He should be credited for creatin' a story that you can definitely see in your mind just by words. I was breakdancin' at the time and I was considering rap, but he was one of the artists, if not the most influential, in [making me] say, "Hey, I want to do this."
For more from Devin on Slick Rick click here.
Ok and just so you don't ever get it confused. When I lash out at brothas, its out of deep seated love to see us go further. All you tough guys I wanna see you when they activate martial law. They setting Obama up or McCain gonna take it. Either way when they drop that martial law I know the Black Panthers will be there for us as they always have been. They still marching on the Sean Bell case while everyone else has forgotten. Where are the politicians now. This is when we should see the Crips, Bloods, GDs, VLs, and everyone else.
Where will you be when Martial law goes in effect? N*ggas so tough, protect your hood then from them cops. We will see, maybe they will. Bang for these children who have no clue martial law is coming. Until then u killing your own under a well orchestrated plan that you can't or refuse to see.