For The Love of Hip Hop

Let’s be frank about it, the Hip Hop culture thrives on trouble. This is not hard to tell as this music represents one of the most formidable sound-tracks of Urban/Ghetto life. For some of us who have grown up between the Urban areas and the Townships, the stories spun by some of our favorite MC’s and DJ’s were not just something we listened to for fun, but they represented our collective experiences, consciousness and even aspirations. It is like the truism that excellence is preceded by struggle. Hip Hop may be a multi-billion dollar business but the gains from its multifaceted struggles are usually enjoyed by the few top earners. Yes, there is definitely a pyramidal Class-system now prevalent in Hip Hop, perhaps its due to the corrosive Capitalistic environment in which all our lives are being spun out of control. Cultural production, no matter how well intention-ed, has not been immune to the  deleterious dynamics of this system that places profits before people.

But what do I mean by the statement that Hip Hop thrives on trouble? Well, all you have to do is listen to the lyrics and trace the development of this captivating musical genre, which has been around for about four decades. The famous Hip Hop Magazine XXL published an important article that traced the musical development of  some of the most outstanding records in this musics history. ( You can read and listen to it here):

http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/08/the-ten-most-important-songs-of-hip-hops-first-decade/

When I started writing the Rock ‘n Rule book of essays, stories and poems, the aim was to go deep into the Soul of the lyrics, the samples, the culture and the highs and lows of musical genres such as Hip Hop, Reggae and Jazz. It was not an easy exercise, I ended up with a book of incomplete thoughts and ramblings about the social, economic and spiritual condition of Black folks. Yet Hip Hop carries all these and much much more. The ingenious and often whimsical and irreverent use of the imagination is almost impossible to study sociologically or even anthropologically,. Many works on Hip Hop have attempted to touch the raw nerve of this Art-form, but they seem to wander off into stereotypes and generalizations.

Ontological, Phenomenological, Epistemological perspectives only lead to perplexity.

In the end, the best way to appreciate the wondrous works of Hip Hop street-scholars, thugs, geniuses, social scientists, rockers and party-starters is to get into the music. Be patient when you listen to a record such as the flippant genius of a Tyler The Creator, The Pharcyde or De La Soul. They are represent different facets of a infinitely unfolding tapestry. Listen to Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Method Man or  any other member of thethe Wu Tang Clan, but do not try to compare them to KRS One, J-Live or Proverb, Hip Hop Pantsula, or Kendrick Lemar ….

There is also a plethora of women and girls who are also doing stellar work in the genre, but once again, do not try to compare T-Love, Nicky Minaj, GiGi Lamayne, Goddessa, Rampage,  Gangsta Boo, Salt ‘n Peppa, Hoes With An Attitude, Rapsody and Otarel to each other – these are all different hues on the kaleidoscopic landscape of a dynamic and ever transforming and trans-formative culture.

That said, I still want to write an in depth essay on what I see as the problem of misogyny and  blatant sexism in too many of the Hip Hop lyrics. The music is far too important to many of us, we cannot just criticize it without properly understanding its nuances and the roots of such female shaming and inter-gendered violence. For now, lets close with a discography or just one rather obscure Female rapper who happened to have made it to the list of top female rappers, although that list leaves many unnamed. Her name is Gangsta Boo and her list is staggeringly long:

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Still Gangsta (with DJ Smallz) (2006)
  • Memphis Queen Is Back (Still Gangsta Slowed & Throwed) (2007)
  • The Rumors (with DJ Drama) (2009)
  • Miss.Com (with DJ Fletch) (2010)
  • 4 Da Hood (with DJ Fletch) (2011)
  • Foreva Gangsta (with Trap-A-Holics) (2011)
  • It’s Game Involved (2013)
  • Underground Cassette Tape Music (with Beatking) (2014)
  • Candy, Diamonds & Pill’s (2015)[10]

With Three 6 Mafia[edit]

With Da Mafia 6ix[edit]

With Hypnotize Camp Posse[edit]

  • Three 6 Mafia Presents: Hypnotize Camp Posse (2000)

With Prophet Posse[edit]

  • Body Parts (1998)
  • The Return: Part 1 (2007)
  • Hood USA (2008)

As featured artist[edit]

  • “How U Like It” (with MAG) (1998)
  • “We Starvin” (with E-40Krayzie Bone) (1999)
  • “Move Bitch” (with Lil Jon, YoungbloodZ, Three 6 Mafia, Chyna White, Don Yute) (1999)
  • “I’ll Call Before I Come” (with OutKast feat Eco) (2000)
  • “BWA” (with Foxy Brown, Mia X) (1998)
  • “Tennessee Titans” (with Tela, Yo Gotti, Haystack, Criminal Manne, Maru) (2004)
  • “Da Blow” (with Lil Jon) (2005)
  • “Don’t You Got A Wife” (with T.I.) (2005)
  • “Trap Gurl” (with Gucci Mane) (2006)
  • “EBT Hoe” (with Indo G, La Chat) (2007)
  • “Stick Em Up” (with Gucci Mane) (2007)
  • “Hollywood Stars” (with Lord T & Eloise) (2008)
  • “I Love U No More” (with DJ King SamS feat Bobby Valentino and Norega) (2008)
  • “We Gone Fight” (with United Soldiers Affiliation, Hardiss & Contra One) (2008)
  • “Imma Kash Getta” (with Infamous-C feat Tha Realest) (2009)
  • “Gangsta (Remix)” (with Infamous-C feat The Game, Assassin, and Bless) (2009)
  • “Call The Weedman” (with Gucci Mane) (2009)
  • “Aye Yo” (with Drumma Boy, GK, Allie, B-Hav, Degree and Kris) (2009)
  • “Game Plan” (with Lord Infamous, T-Rock and II Tone) (2010)
  • “Glass Slippers” (with Smallz One) (2011)
  • “Throw It Up” (with Yelawolf feat Eminem) (2011)
  • “Behave” (Drumma Boy feat B-Hav & Gangsta Boo) from: The Birth Of D-Boy Fresh (2011)
  • “Naturellement Suspect” (with Gizo Evoracci and Kayse) (French Rappers) (2012)
  • “Let’s Fuck” (with E-40) (2012)
  • “From Da City” (DJ LL feat Drumma Boy, Kristyle, B-Hav, Lionheart, GK, Degree, Allie Baby & Gangsta Boo) from: Welcome To My City 2 (2012)
  • “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.” (Frayser Boy feat Gangsta Boo & La Chatfrom: Welcome To My City 2 (2012)
  • “Rollin'” (Drumma Boy feat B-Hav & Gangsta Boo) from: Welcome To My City 2 (2012)
  • “Drum Gang” (Drumma Boy feat B-Hav, Degree, GK, Kristyle, Allie Baby & Gangsta Boo) from: Welcome To My City 2 (2012)
  • “Move Back (Lil Jon)” (Jarren Benton feat Gangsta Boo) from: Freebasing With Kevin Bacon (2012)
  • “Yea Hoe” (Sinjin Hawke feat Gangsta Boo) (2013)
  • “UndergroundLegends” (Bones feat Gangsta Boo) from: “Cracker” (2013)
  • “Bout To Be A Fight” (Lil Wyte and Frayser Boy feat Gangsta Boo) from: B.A.R. (Bay Area Representatives) (2014)
  • “Tonight” (Clipping. feat Gangsta Boo) from: “CLPPNG” (2014)
  • “Love Again (Akinyele Back)” (Run the Jewels feat Gangsta Boo) from: Run the Jewels 2 (2014)
  • “Run Up On Me (Nine Callisto feat Gangsta Boo) from: Antisocial (2014)
  • “12345666” (Butter Bullets feat Gangsta Boo) from: Memento Mori (2015)
  • “Buck” (Brillz & LAXX feat Gangsta Boo) from: Geekin EP (2015)
  • “Restless 90’S” (EDIDON feat. Mitchy Slickfrom: The Hope Dealer, Pt. 1 (2015)
  • “Moving Slow” (with Kholebeatz, La Chat, Joddski, Klish) (2017)

 

Here is something to listen to while you wait for the next article:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zWRkH6Epow&t=74s

 

To Be Continued …

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