Posts Tagged ‘Rap Music’

Mu On Mo #26 – STOP ! …Explicit Content Sticker Time !

June 25, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



Hey, welcome to the 4th & final part of this Rap themed Mu On Mo.

Ok kids, this is where it gets complicated.

…because I have no idea how to finish this up.



Simple brief recap: Rap began as a fun party type of thing, got a deeper meaning, changed its look & finally achieved mainstream success.

Then the 90s happened & nothing was ever the same… again.

Because Gangsta Rap reared its (arguably) ugly head & just like those in-laws you hate so much, it never went away.



Suddenly, superficial explicit thangs like pimps, hoes, bitches, guns, benjamins, & (of course) niggas became Thé things to say.

& said they were, over & over & over & over & over again but that’s ok y’all, cuz it b kool, yo !

Weeelllll, I’ve thought about this for some time now & I don’t think I want to go there & yet how can I ignore the 90s period of Rap which has come to define so much ???



Dammit, I just feel so lost now.

I wish there was someone to tell me what to do.

Someone like… rapper Ice-T !!!


“The true origin of Rap is counterculture. The true origin of Rap is say something that they’re not saying on the radio. So when you kind of blend into what popular culture is doing, you’re losing the power of hip hop. We’ve got to keep rocking the boat.”

“If you’re just going to rap about “I got money and we balling” & all that, you’re not doing with it what it was meant to do. It’s meant to rock a party but it was meant to change the world.”



Wait, what’s that you say… counterculture ? Not on the radio ?? & pop culture = loss of hip hop ???

Oh, irony of ironies ! Rap has become exactly that which destroys it, popular culture for the masses on the radio.

So, what Ice-T was telling me is that I need an atypical, alternative 90s Rap song very much like the one that got the following comment on YouTube…





“Where can i find the full video 4 this song? smh”






W-w-whaaaaat ?

YouTube doesn’t have it, how is that even possible ??

Oh, well that’s just great, now what am I supposed to do ???













From the 90s on Dailymotion, that was Skee-Lo – I Wish.

See you dawgs another time for mo’ Music On Monday ?

…that’s if we’re still around.


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Mu On Mo #25 – 3 Feet High… & Rising

June 18, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



Hi, welcome to the 3rd part already of this Rap themed Mu On Mo.

Lots of things come in threes.

3 seems to be the magic number like for example with movie trilogies, the particular way this blog is written & today’s song… sort of.



Last week’s choice “The Message” was (arguably) the first popular Rap song to have meaningful lyrics.

However, the genre still had to undergo further change to get farther.

This change into its 3rd incarnation would lead to Rap (finally) becoming mainstream.



& to achieve this, the rapping over samples & the change in subject matter only needed 1 simple thing.

Keep.It.Real.

Which, simply put, came in the form of sneakers & gold chains like in the song that got the following comment on YouTube…





“good old real hip-hop, feel bad for them kids that listen to soulja boy, florida, and whatnot, bunch of shit”






I guess when people are dying of thirst & there’s no water around… they’ll drink whatever is given to them.

Even if it’s liquid crap.

Keep it real & enjoy the godfathers…













From the start of the golden era of Rap, that was Run-D.M.C. – Hard Times.

See you dawgs another time for mo’ Music On Monday ?

…that’s if we’re still around.


Mu On Mo #24 – Transmit By Wordsmith

June 11, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



Hello & welcome to the 2nd part of this Rap themed Mu On Mo.

If last week’s song Rapper’s Delight was (arguably) the popular but “funny” start of Rap, today’s example shows the change the genre underwent.

A significant change even as Rap’s 2nd incarnation emerged.



Because like with any art form, one can do a light fluffy piece & one can also do something more meaningful.

No longer (just) a novelty type of feel-good party music with “nonsense” lyrics, Rap now conveyed the truth about daily life.

An ugly, sad & hard truth which way too many had to endure back then in the early 80s, like for example in the song that got the following comment on YouTube…





“Best hiphop song of all time. Great in the early 80’s, still great today. Don’t need curse words or auto-tune to make a great song, it’s enough if you have something to say. Something other than how much money you got, how many bitches you got and what car you drive. “






Stuff like that is precisely why I’m not really looking forward to delving into later examples of Rap.

But… that’s a headache for next week & beyond.

Enjoy this week’s classic which 30 years later is still very much relevant…













From the (still) early days of Rap, that was Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five – The Message.

See you dawgs another time for mo’ Music On Monday ?

…that’s if we’re still around.


Mu On Mo #23 – Poppa Wraps It Up

June 4, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



DAMMIT !

*deep cleansing breath* …aaand I’m calm again.

If you really must know, I’m stuck.



Stuck because I have no idea what to use as a theme for this month’s Mu On Mo.

When I get my hands on the person who thought it would be a “great idea” to have a weekly music update…

…anyhoo, I’ve asked for some help.



& thanks to this person, a decision was finally made.

Credit where credit is due… thank you so much “Big Poppa P”.

As for the theme ?



That would be Rap, which is perfect of course.

Perfect since I know next to nothing about it.

So, this month of June, I’m just going to put up whatever 4 songs I think about when it comes to Rap, like the one that got the following comment on YouTube…





“Every Rapper after these guys should send them a Royalty Check.”






That statement is ironic as so many rappers have… “borrowed” bits & pieces of other songs (& other texts) without any payment of royalties to the original artists.

But I guess yes, these guys are owed some sort of credit for being there at the dawn of commercial rap music.

& now, let’s kick it old skool…













From the early days of Rap, that was The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight.

See you dawgs another time for mo’ Music On Monday ?

…that’s if we’re still around.


Mu On Mo #04 – No Weird Beard ?

January 23, 2012



With a certain chance of us all dying a horrible death some time during this apocalyptic year, it’s better to focus elsewhere.

& to soothe the soul, what’s better than a few tunes ?

Here’s some Music On Monday…



Hello & welcome to this 4th entry of Mu On Mo !

Looking back on the past 3 entries, there’s this… emerging pattern you might’ve noticed as entry #1 was a song from the 60s, with #2 we had the 70s & last week’s #3 was the 80s.

So, as I thought about what song to use for this week’s entry, the 90s were seemingly the next logical step… or so I thought.



The more I thought about it, the more difficult it became to think of a song… any song from that time.

You see, if the 90s were muscially defined by 1 thing, it’s without a doubt a lil’ thing called House music & that just happens to be a music genre that’s more or less skipped on the radio stations I’ve been listening to.

Which made this week a lot more difficult than say, were I to consider using a 70s song for example but thankfully not everything was House back then.



By the time the 90s rolled around, a lot of the previous artists were losing ground either by releasing the “wrong” type of songs & in some cases because of them not releasing any songs.

So, House became the next big thing but in this landscape of fast electronic beats there was still room for other types of music.

Like the song that got the following YouTube comment…


“They got an award for sampling another persons work and putting some words to it?

Christ…”



Now, while (early) House music itself was sometimes made up out of looping sampled noises, it’s quite another music genre that’s being talked about here, namely rap music.

Rap artists are (sometimes) accused of stealing but when it comes to previously established material & doing something new with it, especially when it has the original artist’s blessing… well, it should be worth listening to instead of being dismissed.

& yet there’s that worrying feeling that the original song & its artist aren’t given the honour they deserve by the (current) audience at large, all of which made the following clip the perfect choice – enjoy the song…










From the 90’s, that was Coolio Featuring LV & Stevie Wonder – Pastime Paradise/Gangsta’s Paradise.

See you another time for more Music On Monday.

…that’s if we’re still around.