Saturday, July 22, 2006

Golf and Gangsta' Rap

Why did I just hear Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre's "California Love" playing as the background music for ABC's cut scenes from the British Open? Man, I swear, Hip Hop has taken over the world!

13 comments:

Another Conflict Theorist said...

It certainly seems that way, particularly in sports culture. Ironically, as hip hop's mainstream appeal is peaking, many lifelong fans, including myself, have noticed that it seems to have reached a creative nadir. I guess you can't have it both ways.

I love your writing, btw. I checked out Nubian's blog based on your defense of her position. Keep on throwing haymakers.

ACT

nubian said...

hahaha. hip hop sells anything and everything. even boring ass golf to viewers. (no offense to the golf heads out there)

Blackamazon said...

I fully believe you. I just can't believe it . Mind you what the heck does California love have to do with British ... anything?

Douglass said...

Hey bint,

Perhaps the revolution has been outsourced, again.

Look at 'no Doubt' and Justin Timberlake.

At first they had some fair stuff in the 1990s, then they went into the gutter totally, they started spewing plastic shit with no soul.

I personally don't like what is labeled 'hip hop'.

99% of the time I can't identify with the message of the Artist, so the music is lost on me, its not music to me.

I enjoy listening to Artists and groups such as like Pavement and Elliott smith and the Ramones and Stevie Ray Vaughn whereas I seriously cannot understand or enjoy the likes of Tupac and Dr. Dre and NAS.

For me, that’s even true of brilliant musicians like Mingus and Miles Davis, their message is lost on me, I can't 'feel' the music and so I don’t enjoy it.

Thoughts?

DoDGER said...

GROUP:BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS
ALBUM:GHETTO MUSIC:THE BLUEPRINT OF HIP HOP
SONG:HIP HOP RULES
LYRICS BY:KRS-ONE
1989

WAY BACK IN THE DAYS...1979
FATBACK BEN MADE A RECORD USING RHYME.
IN THE SAME YEAR COME THE SUGARHILL GANG
WITH THE "POW POW BOOGIE" AND THE "BIG BANG BANG".
R & B,DISCO,POP,COUNTRY,JAZZ
ALL THOUGHT HIP HOP WAS JUST A LITTLE FAD.
BUT,HERE COME GRANDMASTER FLASH NONE STOP
AND RIGHT AFTER FLASH, RUN-DMC DROP.
NOW,THEY HAD TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE SCALE.
WHERE OTHER MUSIC FAIL,
HIP HOP PREVAIL.
SEE RAP MUSIC IS GONE PLATINUM FROM THE START.
SO,NOW IN '89 WE GETTIN' PRESENT AS AN ART.

IS IT BECAUSE WE GOT THE '89 VISION?
OR IS IT BECAUSE IT'S A UNANIMOUS DECISION
THAT HIP HOP RULES...HIP HOP RULES
AND THESE OTHER INDUSTRIES OUT HERE CAN'T TAKE IT?
HIP HOP RULES...HIP HOP RULES
AND THESE OTHER INDUSTRIES OUT HERE CAN'T TAKE IT.

Maxjulian said...

This is so funny; I'm sitting here listening to Miles and Coltrane, playing "Straight No Chaser," reading Douglass' words. I also have a Mingus and Miles tat?! I'm feelin' tha hell outta this shit! Sorry you can't, bruh.

HipHop is Pimp Juice for everybody's ills evidently.

Douglass said...

Max!?!?!

No Monk?

no Sonny Rollins?

no Herbie Hancock?

tsk tsk.

But don't feel bad I can't feel that stuff.

For the Pimp juice I'm having A little Luiz Bonfa with a side of say, Luigi Boccherini.

That's just to prime things for ROCK!!!!! now its Zeni Geva and hot hot heat.

why do I need hip-hop?

I'm white AND i'm not a gang-star.

Bint Alshamsa said...

I'm white AND i'm not a gang-star.

Douglass, can't you see that makes you exactly the kind of person that most of the hip-hop garbage is marketed towards? ;)

Having grown up in New Orleans (the center of all things Jazz-related, as far as I'm concerned) with a saxophonist for a brother, I was lucky enough to have been able to interact with nearly every famous Jazz musician that strolled through town. So, I can understand how one might not share the same hard-core enthusiasm that many feel for hip hop. While I do like a lot of hip-hop artists, my greatest musical affection will always be for Jazz, even the experimental stuff.

MaxJulian:

You ought to take a picture of your Miles/Mingus tat. I'd love to see it.

Dodger:

Even I can dig the Boogie Down though I must admit that KRS-ONE gets on my last nerve when he isn't rapping.

douglass said...

Bint,

I really have no interest in lining the pockets of record company exectutives. I do NOT take their advice on what I should be listening to.

Bint Alshamsa said...

I feel ya'. Since we have so many jazz clubs down here, you can usually self-produced CDs straight from the artists.

On the whole, I think that record companies are creating an untenable situation.

Anonymous said...

You should really check out The Golf Ballerz... they are the Pioneers of Golf Gangster Rap. Google The Golf Ballerz and see how far they took this concept. Peace

bint alshamsa said...

Wow!

Anonymous, thanks for the tip! I went and checked out their MySpace page and listened to their flow. It's definitely some unique material. They get an A+ for originality.

Anonymous said...

Here's a golf rap "On The Green". * Parental Advisory - earmuffs! * It's pretty bananas: Amazon.com download too