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A to Z – Beatboxing

Monday, April 4th, 2011
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Over the next couple months here on SteadyBloggin, I’ve decided to choose an underappreciated topic for each letter A-through-Z, and explain why it should be deserving of your attention.  Because there are so many reasons to listen to rap, and unfortunately some of them go unnoticed.

B is for Beatboxing.

Remember when you played on your high school basketball team?  Remember before, and after the game, when you couldn’t listen to music in the locker room because no one had a stereo?  Luckily, there was always the one teammate that kept everyone entertained through his ability to create a beat with his mouth.  He usually wasn’t the best athlete, probably wasn’t the team captain, but always kept everyone in high spirits after a loss, and certainly had an important spot on the team.

Everyone who can identify with that situation can understand how invaluable beatboxing is.

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A to Z – Andre 3000

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
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Over the next couple months here on SteadyBloggin, I’ve decided to choose an underappreciated topic for each letter A-through-Z, and explain why it should be deserving of your attention.  Because there are so many reasons to listen to rap, and unfortunately some of them go unnoticed.

A is for Andre 3000.

Andre isn’t the most underrated or unnoticed in the game, I’ll admit that.  But he is definitely underappreciated, and he was always the more talented member of one of the best duos of all time.

Because first, you have the albums.  Between six full length records you don’t have to dig much deeper than Outkast’s debut single Players Ball to hear Andre outshine his counterpart, as the performances on the song, along with the rest of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, foreshadow the remainder of the group’s catalogue.  And that’s not to say Big Boi isn’t skilled in his own right, because he is, and in a lot of groups he would be the better rapper.  Just not in this one.

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Hit’Em High 2011

Friday, January 14th, 2011
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Remember Space Jam?  Yes, you do.   And before I go any further, yes, this is an article on Steady Bloggin about Space Jam.  Because it was an instant classic to the 9 year old me, and the 24 year old me wants to tell you about it.

Well it’s the 15 year anniversary of Space Jam, and Austin Kent over at The Good Point (who, interestingly, I went to University with – shouts to Sam Joynt who I roomed with in third year and also writes for GP) decided it’d be pretty cool to celebrate the occasion by recasting The Monstars in 2011.  I agree.

So educated reader, who might already know where this is going, basketball and rap music have gone hand-in-hand for the better half of two decades now.  And for someone like me, that’s awesome since basketball and rap have long been interests number 1 and 1A, in no particular order.  Naturally, including hip hop in films about basketball made sense, whether culturally within the movie itself, or accompanied by way of the soundtrack.  For instance, White Man Can’t Jump had Cypress Hill and Queen Latifah, Hoop Dreams had Ice Cube, Above the Rim with Tupac, He Got Game had an entire soundtrack crafted by Public Enemy, and even a masterpiece like The 6th Man had Doug E. Fresh on a Stevie Wonder remix.  But the cream of the crop, my friends, was The Monstars’ anthem known better as Hit’Em High.

Stealing the idea from Austin (it’s hip hop, we steal shit right?) and applying it to what Wikipedia suggests is “generally regarded as the greatest rap collaboration of all-time” (seriously, it says that), I thought it’d be thumbs up to figure out who could represent The Mean Team in the studio in 2011.

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Eminem Tribute to Proof

Saturday, January 1st, 2011
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The song everyone thought Eminem would make as a tribute to Proof has finally been leaked, and Eminem is not happy about it. Apparently, Difficult was recorded as part of the grieving process, and was never meant to be heard by the general public. It is unfortunate that this is how we get to hear it, but it is interesting to hear even if it does sound somewhat unfinished. Although it’s probably a good thing there’s no cheesy chorus forced inbetween the verses, as I’ve never thought generic choruses ever fit with extremely personal songs.

It’s definitely nice to hear Em reminisce about one of the few positive relationships he seemed to have, as well as moments he and Proof shared together. The beat could’ve been a bit less boring, but I guess the lyrics should be the focus of a track like this anyways. I’m not sure how much I dig the track overall, but at the very least it’s something new and interesting from Eminem. Plus, it’s always difficult (for lack of a better word) to critique a person’s emotions, especially if it wasn’t meant to be released. So check it out for yourself.

G Dep Facing Life in Prison

Saturday, December 25th, 2010
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G Dep could be facing life in prison after confessing to a murder he committed seventeen years ago. The former Bad Boy signee, born Travell Coleman, was at his best on DJ Premier’s Head Over Wheels, and has been pretty much irrelevant since he released Special Delivery and introduced the Harlem Shake to the world. But Coleman, 36, walked into the 25th precinct on December 15th to come clean about a shooting that happened when he was 18 years old. The NY Post has more
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Regrettable Rap Purchases

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
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With Christmas just around the corner, this is the time of year I like to pretend I have more of a disposable income.  Usually I’ll spend some extra dough on family and friends, but chances are the price tag won’t put a hole in my wallet and I won’t suffer any serious consequences as a result.  If I had a larger bank account, I’d probably end up buying dumb, expensive gifts for everyone, because that seems like the thing to do if you’ve got cash.  That being said, I’d be interested to see a report on rapper gift-giving for the holiday season, Brother Ali and The Beastie Boys excluded, based on what some of them buy throughout the year.  Rappers buy some really dumb shit…

Drugs

You know what I love?  Sprite.  And Jolly Ranchers.  And cough syrup if I’m feeling congested.  All three at once, I’m not so sure.  What do you think DJ Screw?  Big Moe?  Fine, don’t answer me, see if I care.  Pimp C?  No response.  I guess it must be that sleep apnea acting up again.  As much fun as it is to stumble out of the dentist’s office and listen to the batteries die in my walkman, it’s only fun in moderation.  Even then, I’m not exactly cheating death when I get my wisdom teeth removed.  I don’t understand the appeal of purple drank on a weekly (nightly?) basis, and I especially don’t understand the appeal of dying in my sleep from sippin’ on syzzurp.  Paying to die in my sleep is definitely not in my favorite past-times.

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