“I don’t gotta rap/
I can sell a mill saying nothing on the track”
– Mims, “This Is Why I’m Hot”
Awhile ago, I was in desperate need of seeking the remixed version of Intelligent Hoodlum’s “Arrest The President” in digital format. For the longest time, I’ve only had it on a cassette maxi-single. Yes, I’m that old school. But, I can’t stop emphasizing what passes for hip-hop music these days suck ghetto balls! Anyways, I finally got my hands on the song on mp3, and all is well for at least 5:20 seconds everytime I press play.
Hip Hop music and its culture use to have a reputation of transforming the “human ecology”, as one online site I had recently come upon stated (I apologize, but I have lost the link to the source, but I just want to state I don’t take credit for this enlightening statement). “Rap is rebellious music/therefore only the rebel should use it,” as KRS-One had once proclaimed. Remember, it was not the fake ebonics bravado and the alpha male wannabe swagger that is the pervasive image in today’s radio airwaves and music video screens that made history. I have ranted about this over and over in previous entries, and being thankfully hopeful, so have many other blogs on the Internet. Therefore, I won’t bore you by repeating myself.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not bitter. I respectfully accept the commercialization and universal acceptance of the music form. Practically almost all ethnic and cultural landscapes worldwide have hip-hop influence amongst its youth. Therefore, if money is to made on a mainstream level to improve the economic conditions of the human landscape, I wouldn’t do anything to stop it – assuming if I had the power to.
But, I do find the cultural influence of hip hop in 2007 amusing. Attending a clubbing event last night, I witnessed a large group of Asian Americans dancing to Mims’s “This Is Why I’m Hot” and Unk’s “Walk It Out” causing induced nausea in me, as I watched the dancers flapping their limbs like a chicken. This is the revolution that won’t be televised? Yep… and people wonder why we all can’t get along.