If you’re following me on Tumblr (or Twitter at least) then you already know I posted 5 on-the-fly mini-mixes of Dilla’s work in honor of his birthday (one was pushed to today). In the tragic event you missed any of this, here they all are, in order, with (gasp!) tracklistings. Enjoy.
PART I: Phat Kat “Don’t Nobody Care About Us”, Q-Tip “Wait Up”, Four Tet “As Serious As Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)”, Oh No “Move”, J Dilla feat. Black Thought “Reality Check”, J Dilla feat. Common “E=MC2″, A Tribe Called Quest “Get A Hold”, MED “Push”, De La Soul “Verbal Clap”, Slum Village feat. Q-Tip “Hold Tight (Remix)”.
I put this together some time ago because I wanted to illustrate just how dope a mood-setting intro to a Hip-Hop album could be when a producer chooses to steer a bit to the left. De La Soul’s “The Future” (The Grind Date), The Foreign Exchange’s “Title Theme” (Connected) and Little Brother’s “Welcome to the Minstrel Show.” They manage to be a little cinematic without the pretense and are easily within the top tracks of their respective albums.
This shit has to stop. “The Post still fetishizes rappers as the bad boys of the entertainment industry. The vast majority of its hip-hop coverage — I’d say just from the informal survey that I took to find the above examples of faulty labeling, 80 percent of it involves the rappers involved in some sort of crime. As silly as it is, the word “rapper,” still has sensationalistic value at the Post that “R&B star” or “dancehall artist” or “mogul,” just doesn’t. Also, these people who have no idea what they’re talking about regarding pop culture, may hear about a (usually male) black recording artist and just assume that he is a rapper. I’m not saying that these people are racist (although, if they work for the Post, I’m not saying they’re not racist, either), but I am saying they’re lazy, ignorant and prone to stereotyping. That’s all!” — “If he’s black, he must rap”Rich / fourfour
I don’t live in Atlanta, but I can only imagine that there’s many more Black folks that feel this way about the culture there. Although I would be lying if I said I wasn’t tired of DC being referred to as “Hollywood for ugly people”, however true that has proven to be in my personal experience. “The socialites, black Hollywood, fashion-oriented mind state that the city’s new occupants have is a real problem for Atlanta. More people know who Lisa Wu Hartwell is than Lisa Borders and that’s a piss poor shame.” – “The Real Problem with gAyTL” Killer Mike / XXL
While I believe there’s something to the entirety of this, there are many points–especially with respect to examples–that are wide open to be challenged. Additionally, perhaps older voices are being silenced in a sense that most media outlets have to rely on what’s current as it relates to their bottom line. No one is gonna pass the mic or the pen to someone that says “This is garbage. All of it.” Not when there’s advertising to be sold. Read the whole thing, though.
“Furthermore, those most likely to challenge mainstream rap critics’ revanchist-influenced caricature of golden era fans—the disenchanted fans themselves—aren’t really represented in mainstream rap writing. There isn’t some grand plot to silence golden era fans’ opinions; these fans have virtually opted out of participating in the mainstream rap discourse. Why would anyone want to write about music that they don’t really like anymore? Moreover, why would anyone hire such a person to critique music? Due to the absence of these golden era fans’ perspectives as well as to the ignorance of mainstream rap critics’ readers, today’s rap criticism has become a series of echo chambers.”