Editorial: Stop Calling These Imposters Hip Hop

STOP CALLING THESE IMPOSTERS HIP HOP ARTISTS,

they do not do or cover all its elements of the hip hop culture

Emile YxThis version of Hip Hop that the worlds media promotes globally, is a strange sissified version of its true self. It consists of middle-class fakers acting like gangsters, so-called hardcore rappers, so-called underground heads and so-called superstars killing each other, while the white controlled global media celebrates. Who are these imposters?

Hip Hop is the MC (not rapper), DJ or turntablists, B-boys or B-girls (not breakdancers), Writer (not graffiti artists), BeatBoxer and students of Knowledge of Self. These according to the founders of the culture are the main elements of the culture. Now you have world media calling EMINEN, 50cents and the rest of the multi-nationally backed “rappers”, the upholders of HIP HOP CULTURE. Excuse me, but do they b-boy, write, MC and DJ ? HELL NO! so why do we perpetuate these lies. They have no right to call what our ancestors created and gave as a voice for the people, whatever the hell they wish to call it. Strangely enough we just allow this bullshit to continue without any protest. We even reduce ourselves to speak their names and titles they named what we do. Hip Hop elders have not been approached in their research about the culture, they just named things as they wished. We sit in front of the TV and hear them spread these lies to the world and accept this powerless position they have put us in. I HAVE HAD ENOUGH. It is time to set the record straight. These titles that make up the HIP HOP CULTURE are titles that practitioners of writing, MCing, B-boying, DJing, Beatboxing earn and no just given to anyone. It is something that is earned with time, dedication, research and sacrifice. Nowadays everyone is a rapper and maybe they are right, because an MC earns that reputation for skill as well as ability to be the “master of the ceremony” (Where the name MC comes from by the way). Many of these rappers are studio rappers that have no stage, microphone or crowd/ audience control skills.

Afrika Bambaataa & Kool Herc

Afrika Bambaataa & Kool Herc

A true MC or Hip Hop head would not lie to the audience about fake bling, bling that he or she does not have, especially knowing how many youths are listening to them on the radio and watching them on the TV. A true B-boy or Hip Hopper learns the history of the culture and gives respect to those who have gone before. Those like Afrika Bambaataa, Kool DJ Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore, MC Cowboy, the Rock Steady Crew, The Nigga Twins, Pop Masters Fabel, Phase 2 and Mr Wiggles to name but a few who contributed to the REAL HIP HOP culture.

There are also hip hop histories in countries around the world and those contributions by those individuals have to be given the credit that they deserve. This new mentality of forgetting the past as quickly as a new song hits the number 1 spot on radio or MTV, is a global mentality. This eliminates respect for elders and those that pave the way. It also separates the younger practitioners from those who have experience and who could help them not repeat the mistakes that they have made before these young kids who are now earning millions. It is my opinion that it is for this very reason that the gap between the elders and next generation are made bigger by record companies and the entertainment industry. Their intention is to keep these younger artists as blind to the realities of the industry as possible. EXPERIENCE CAN NOT BE DOWNLOADED.

Aerosoul Art Do you think that classical music lovers would allow the world media to call their music “Screeching noise” or simply rename it whatever they wish, without putting up a fight ? I think the arrogance of the world media is because HIP HOP is considered a black sub-culture or street culture. Even the usage of the prefix “sub”, implies something that is lesser than or under what might be considered cultural. Think about it a bit more. We name it b-boying/ b-girling, they rename it breakdance, we name it writing, they rename it graffiti, we name it MCing and they rename it rapping. It is an insult to our creative ability. They control the media and thus feel that they have the power to name whatever they wish and get away with it. Like Michael Jackson being called Wacko Jacko, this is like calling us “Nigger”and “Kaffer” all over again. We internalize the lies they feed us and start to believe what they call us. Attached to the medias version of hip hop are gangs, profanity and violence. The REAL HIP HOP is a powerful tool globally bringing youth together and enlightening them to their true selves. REAL HIP HOP is educating youth, fighting AIDS, exchanging cultures, breaking down racism, protesting against global dictators.

I do this call out to all defenders of the TRUE HIP HOP CULTURE to use the correct terminology and free our culture from their verbal enslavement of it. Only once we do this will we be able to regain the financial control of this multi-billion dollar industry that they have almost taken complete control of. I know that everywhere in the world there are true soldiers of the REAL HIP HOP. Like Mr Devious, from South Africa, who was prepared to die for what hip hop has taught US. In the USA is the Universal Zulu Nation, Eazy Roc and Asia One that started the B-Boy Summit, also from the USA is Poe One and Cros One from the Freestyle Sessions event, in Germany is Storm and Swift of Battle Squad, also in Germany is Thomas of Battle of the Year, in Japan is Dance Machine, in Spain is Kapi, in Holland is Timski, in New Zealand is Norman, in South Africa is myself Emile of Black Noise, we have brothers in Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, France, Denmark, Zimbabwe, Australia and every other country on this planet. We are many my brothers and sisters and our voice can never be silenced, but we have to RE-IGNITE THE FIRE OF TRUE HIP HOP REVOLUTION. We have to insist that MTV Awards and Grammy Awards remove the false labeling of the best Hip Hop Artist, until they are willing to call up a group that have writers, DJs, MCs, B-boys, etc.

I hope that you will forward these thoughts to all those concerned with HIP HOP getting the respect it deserves.And hopefully we will enlighten more youth to the REAL HIP HOP and not the FAKE one that is spread MTV and other media.

Yours in the REVOLUTIONARY HIP HOP
Change must come
Emile YX?
Black Noise (South Africa)

Sept 2008

Hip Hop Loses a Key West Coast Pioneer.. RIP Roger Clayton of Uncle Jamms Army

 

RIP Roger Clayton

 

Just got word this morning that yesterday one of the key architects  and pillars for West Coast Hip Hop passed away.. We’re talking about Roger Clayton aka Mr Prinze of the pioneering legendary crew Uncle Jamms Army. This is the 4th pioneering figure the West Coast has lost in the past few years. It was just last week folks buried Danny ‘Fut’ James who ran the influential Impact Record pool dating back to 1982. We lost Michael Mixxing Moore and  Skeeter Rabbit within a month of each other 2 years ago. We also lost Mixmaster Spade. Here in the Bay we just lost Mr Fantastic aka Melvin to a heart attack. It’s a shame that these important figures were never honored before their passing outside of LA.

Losing Clayton is major. It like losing one of NY’s main architects for this culture. It would be like NY losing Afrika Bambaataa.. Not only did Clayton and Uncle Jamms Army bring a unique West Coast sound and style to the game, because they were also party promoters who did those legendary dances at the LA Sports Arena, they were also responsible for turning LA folks onto the emerging rap from NY..They used to also bring out acts like Run DMC, Kurtis Blow and LL Cool J to name a few..

One of the things I think has never truly been appreciated and acknowledged about West Coast Hip Hop was the Mobile DJ Culture that was its cornerstone.. Many like to think that folks out here picked up the game from New York. Such is not the case. Cats were hustling and doing jams with massive sound systems all throughout the 70s.. from LA to the Bay it was not usual to see DJ crews with comic book cartoon like names. In the case of Uncle Jamms Army they were inspired by Parliament and George Clinton.. Their roots were funk music and the crew included legendary folks like Bobcat, Egyptian Lover, DJ Pooh. Battle Cat, Joe Coooly, Chris the Glove, Alonzo Williams and the groups only female member Silky D. Before Uncle Jamms Army  there was an earlier crew formed in 1978 called Unique Dreams Entertainment which included Clayton and childhood friend Gid Martin.

These cats early one were known for rocking 4 turntables at a time and mixing records flawlessly while executing what eventually became known as LA’s fast scratch. Uncle Jamms army proceeded the Beat Junkies, KDAY Mixmasters and other better known West Coast DJ Crews.. These were the architects.

As Clayton’s partner Egyptian Lover once explained to me, they had been listening to Prince, Kraftwerk and Parliament and that’s what got them off and running.. Later on they came upon what was cracking in New York and naturally incorporated it and upheld it..The fact that Uncle Jamms Army was able to pull off these massive parties from all over a gang infested city and keep the peace needs to be celebrated the same way we look at the early Kool Herc and Bambaataa parties as being able to do the same thing..

The fact that Clayton and Fut died within a month of each other should not be lost of folks.. Fut with his record pool was main reason  folks in LA introduced to music from all over.. Fut was the supplier, Clayton was the presenter.They will be missed..

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Breakdown FM w/ Davey D on ADP #6: This Thing Called House

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This Thing Called House

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It’s been a while since I had a chance to dig into the crates and spin one of my favorite genres of music House, NY Club and Latin Fresstyle.. Yes, I go back to the days when what has now has all been labeled House was actual broken up into several genres.. NYC Club, Chicago House and of course Latin Freestyle. It wasn’t a terratorial thing where folks were beefing ala East vs West in Hip Hop, but simply a reflection of the iconic deejays and communities that helped brings these respective genres into the forefront. Weather it was Chicago deejays like Frankie Knuckles, Ron HardyBad Boy Bill and all those legendary cats that got down on WGCI as the Hot Mix 5 or Larry Levan ala Paradise Garage, Timmy Regisford who rocked late nights on WBLS, Dave Morales from 1018, Todd Terry, Latin Rascals, Shep Petibone and scores of others out of NY…House, club and all its spinoffs as was Hip Hop which were emerging around the same time in the mid-late 70s were rooted in a desire to move away from repetitive, formulaic disco and do something that took it back to basics.

The House and Club music I came to know and love was always more soulful, had gospel-like vocals, driving baselines and as it evolved was steeped in deejay culture and production. Listen to some of the Todd Terry joints and you can see House/ Club and Hip Hop are all cousins.

Back in the days when I was doing mix shows on KMEL.. I manned the 2 am-3 am slot..I caught the crowds as they were leaving out of nightclubs. Hip Hop heads were headed home while House heads were headed to after parties.. My speciality was combining the two genres in my mixes.. That’s not such an usual thing today and in many parts of the country but back in the early 90s, it was usual for a Bay Area crowd..House and Club for a New Yorker went hand in hand. House and Hip Hop in the Bay were foreign until people like DJ Dedan and Themba and everyone else folks that used to rock the Birdcage in Oakland came along props to them ’cause they broke major ground. Prior to that iconic deejays like Dave Moss, Neon Leon, Doc Martin, Mind Motion and his older brother were flipping the two genres back in the mid to late 80s..

Anyway enough of the history lessons.. Here’s the mix for today. Enjoy.. Lemme know what you think. There are some classics joints in there

-Davey D-

01-Soul II Soul ‘Keep on Moving’

02-Brooklyn Funk Essentials ‘We Got to Come Together’

03-Todd Terry ‘Made By The Man Called Todd’

04-Jestofunk ‘I’m Gonna love You’

05-Souls of Mischief ’93 to Infinity’

06-Mantronix ‘Do You Want My Love?’

07-George Clinton ‘Funked Up’

08-Cold Cut w/ Junior Reed ‘Jane Stop This Crazy Thing’

09-Trouble Funk ‘Trouble Funk Express’

10-In Too Deep ‘Last Nighta DJ PSaved My Life’

11-Nitro Delux ‘Lets Get Brutal’

12-Jomanda ‘If You Want It’

13-Masters C&J ‘Face It’

14-Bonesbreaks ‘Acid beats’

15-Carol Townsend ‘991/2’

16-Inner City ‘That’s The Way Love Is’

17-KC Flight ‘Summertime’

18-Al Naafysh ‘Chateau Vie’

19-Will To Power ‘Dading Away’

20-Midnight Fantasy w/ Nadia ‘is it me or Is It her’

21-Todd Terry ‘Bilah Bilah’

22-Deep Forest ‘Lullaby’

23-Ralph Rosario w/ Xavier Gold ‘You used to Hold Me’

24-Strafe ‘Set it Off’

25-Jive Rhythm Trax -‘Jive Beat 122’

26-Man Parrish ‘Hip Hop Be Bop’

27-Inner City “big Funn’

28-Labtekwon ‘Break It Down’

29-Meltdown ‘Feel Sweet’

30-Paul Johnson ‘Precious Johnson’

31-House 2 House ‘House Theory’

32-2 Puerto Ricans, A Blackman & a Dominican ‘Do It Properly’

33-Bonesbreaks ‘Barcadi Beats 151’

34-J-Boogie w/ Lunar Heights ‘Inferno’

35-Jennifer Johns ‘Heavy….. Jungalistic’

36-Todd Terry ‘Scat Cat’