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July 16, 2008

Hip Hop Is Dead

By: Bernard Chazelle

It's tough to start one's music career with an unsurpassable masterpiece, but that's what Nas did with Illmatic. While not reaching the amazing lyrical heights of that album, Hip Hop is Dead is a fine effort by Nas's exacting standards. In it, Nas vents his despair at the state of rap today. Dunno why but the mix of despair and irony reminded me of this blog.

The bigger the cap, the bigger the peelin', Come through, something ill, missin' the ceilin'. What influenced my raps? Stick ups and killings, Kidnappings, project buildings, drug dealings. Criticize that, why is that? Cuz Nas rap is compared to legitimized crap, Cuz we love to talk on nasty chickens. Most intellectuals will only half listen.

It's not the new "southern" rap he is dissing. It's the corporate media.
(Don't miss the fist jab in the video!)

Me, I'm off to enemy territory (Canada) for a few days.

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— Bernard Chazelle

Posted at July 16, 2008 09:17 PM

Oh, BTW -- Amazon's MP3 album today is Grateful Dead's American Beauty, $1.99.

Tain't no better Dead.

Posted by: Labiche at July 17, 2008 10:11 AM

Labiche: EXACTLY the same things, BOTH ARE TOTALLY CONSTITUTIONAL, its just I'm not in court for murder, fraud (Freemen), AND I'm not proposing succession or the overthrow of OUR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT. TAX PROTEST IS the very basis of OUR way of life and OUR history AND IS CONSTITUTIONAL. I pay my debts and live in peace with MY neighbors. I work and contribute to society. JUST BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN AND FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION doesn't mean I must commit murder or sell herion to make a living. I support SCOTUS and its decisions on the CONSTITUTION and am willing to, do, and enjoy the reading of such. Perhaps YOU might try that YOURSELF instead of thinking everyone who stands up for their rights is a white supremeist or a black crack dealer. In MY estimation, YOU have never even attempted so much as a phonecall in that direction (1-202-225-0100) let alone studied YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND THEIR ATTENDING SCOTUS DECISIONS.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at July 17, 2008 11:40 PM
...instead of thinking everyone who stands up for their rights is a white supremeist or a black crack dealer...

Jeez Mike, chill.

I wasn't suggesting that you were racist or wanted to overthrow the government. I was just impressed with the commitment you had to the tax opt-out policy which I'm too afraid to try to follow.

Posted by: Labiche at July 18, 2008 07:21 AM

Labiche: Don't take it wrong, just trying to clearify what is happening in this country where imprisioned crack dealers care to learn more about THE CONSTITUTION than a law abiding citizen would. Where radical groups use the same knowledege to somehow try to justify their crimes instead of living in peace. As far as the TAX PROTEST part, well look around, do YOU really want to buy what WE are buying?
I understand that people are afraid to call. Its a very real fear, founded in facts, so there is nothing I can say to refute those fears. I call only because somebody has to, somebody has to say no at some point.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at July 18, 2008 12:15 PM