I stay on active duty in this Hip Hop shit
You know I’m……….
makin’ moves to make $$ so one day I can buy an assortment of fine vintage wines…. that I will drink out of an old jelly jar *(with lots of ice)
The St. Louis Underground Hip Hop Festival is a 12 Hour Hip Hop Festival that happens in the Month of June in St. Louis Missouri. It celebrates all the elements of Hip Hop and features a wide array of performers and activities. If you are interested in registering as a performer go to http://slumfest2013.eventbrite.com
Registration ends Feb 2, 2013.
Lyfestile – “Rebel Music???”
“Roll with the rock stars they’ll never get accepted as..” - Wow, I was just reflecting on those lyrics from Public Enemy’s“Bring the Noise,” a rebellious anthem from 1987′s “Less Than Zero. Soundtrack” 26 years later and… Guess what Chuck D? – You have been accepted. Public Enemy will be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame in April of this year and while I’m happy that their legacy is being recognized…. I’m also reminded that Hip Hop IS not only Rock N Roll, it’s Pop music. There is no question that Public Enemy (and a number of rap groups that found success during the late 80s and mid 90s) have had a lasting impact on Hip Hop music and the world of music in general. The elements that constitute what qualifies as “music” changed when our new “folk music” manifested in the songs of Grand Master Flash, Boogie Down Productions and N.W.A. The issues facing urban America (police brutality, systematic racism, poverty) were brought to the forefront in a way that that was insightful and entertaining or infuriating and offensive… depending on one’s perspective.
Now HOLD THE HELL UP…… This is NOT one of those “Damn the Golden Age of Hip Hop was waaaaaay better than the bullshit we have now” pieces. Really it’s not. This is actually meant to encourage all of the young artists and listeners out there. I don’t need to tell hip hoppers to make quality music, Lupe Fiasco, Homeboy Sandman, Kendrick Lamar and many, many others are making thought provoking, topical, great sounding music. You have to dig for it sometimes, but it’s out there. The thing that actually disappoints me the most these days is that HIP HOP DOESN’T PISS OFF THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT WAY ANYMORE. From the late eighties through the mid nineties hip hop was viewed a threat to the establishment. The FBI sent a letter to N.W.A. After they released “Fuck the Police.” Almost thirty years later and the police are still out of control. Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin are just two of the countless black males have been gunned down like animals in the past five years and yes, the hip hop community did respond…. but the climate is much more complacent. I had no idea who Yusef Hawkins was until I saw him mentioned in the liner notes of every Hip Hop cassette that came out in ’89 and 90. Rappers took this brothers tragic death at the hands of an angry Bensonhurst mob and made sure that people all over America and all over the world knew about it. Hip Hop had been called “Black America’s CNN” by Chuck D… but I would take it further to say that it was BETTER than CNN because the news being delivered was from the perspective of messengers who actually lived in the community being reported on. Ice Cube attacked race head on his 1991 Death Certificate Album and made EVERYBODY mad… Korean shop owners, the Anti Defamation League, law enforcement, and even some segments of the black community. Headlines of the day painted rappers as influential rabble rousers to be feared. -That’s Powerful. Like I said…. I like a lot of the music of today… but it really seems like it has lost most of it’s rebellious edge.
Hip Hop music used to shake up the powers that be… now it is just another tool of the corporate world. The fact that we can’t go one day without hearing or seeing some aspect of Hip Hop reflected in mainstream culture isn’t necessarily all bad…but it does highlight that the music, in particular, the “noise” and lyrics that were once deemed “incendiary” are now considered safe enough to sell fast food, cars, alcoholic drinks and damned near everything else under the sun. Besides the products being sold…there are also age-old stereotypes being peddled for mass consumption –(That’s another article though). So to all my Hip Hoppers out there I invoke you to please continue creating good music supporting the artists that you love but whenever possible FIND A WAY TO PISS OFF THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO ABUSE AND OPPRESS YOU. Rap can still be effective protest music. I know it’s easier said than done, but we have to remind ‘em that it ain’t all good.
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Black people are always playin’ ourselves tryin’ to keep up with white people.
400+ years ago they said we were heathens because we weren’t Christians …then we eventually became SUPER CHRISTIANS now many of us are so blinded by religion it’s a shame… we *(generally) get tricked into all kinds of bullshit in the name of “Jesus” Religion influences how we vote, how we spend our money, how we fit into society etc…— White folks are like “hold on black people don’t be so damn Christian.” Black people watched various white ethnic groups (i.e. Italians, Irish ) come up off organized crime and then when we try to do the same thing -THEY BUILD A WHOLE FUCKING INDUSTRY AROUND INCARCERATING BLACK MEN. White entertainers made mockery of black folks (native indians, asians, latinos and others too) in Minstrel shows and built and influential legacy of entertainment. Black people get in the game and try to flip our own pain/stereotypes etc… and “they” act as if our shitty directors/film makers are WORSE than their shitty directors/film makers. Tyler Perry is terrible (imo) but there are literally HUNDREDS of bad white directors too. We’re just trying to keep up. White people have appropriated and dominated music created by black people for centuries…they even crowned their own KING of Rock N Roll (that WE created). We come up with Hip Hop music and manage to keep it mostly black and “They” act as if Hip Hop is the most vile plague to ever infect society….. and they blame Hip Hop for EVERY BAD THING that happens in American society. (note: I realize that we could eventually get kicked out of rap too… and the way most “commercial rap” sounds… I don’t even know if it would be a bad thing…lol) .
If you really think it’s your last day on Earth then
Astro Vandalist Feat lyfestile What It Is From The Forthcoming LP from French Producer Astro Vandalist ” Astroduction” Featuring D-Strong , El Da Sensei From Artifacts , Rasco , Lyfestile (me) , Declaime & Georgia Muldrow , Underground Astroknots , Akbar , Wordsworth , Cashus Flow……
Hope y’all like it!
more music at soundcloud.com/lyfestile7
Me and DJ Fuze From Digital Underground/Luniz/Raw Fusion. Saw him, the great Shock G and legendary studio musician Pee Wee, (who played guitar on classics by Too Short, Spice 1 and other Bay Area Hip Hop legends). It was a DOPE show. The genius known as Shock G played keys and did the hits (Humpty Dance, Freaks of the Industry, Kiss You Back etc…)…. Fuze did the cuts live… Peewee added to the overall musical texture. Might have to listen to “Sex Packets” today.
A long overdue collaboration between myself (lyfestile from Altered St8s) and Blue Azul. Sometimes “crazy” folks are not that “crazy” at all. Whatever you do leave a paper trail……… Beat created by Centipede -(He’s on tumblr too!). Arranged by Blue and lyfestile, mixed by Dj Reminise.
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