Archive for February, 2009

New Music Stuff February 26, 2009

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Q-Tip has a new video for the song “MANWOMANBOOGIE” off of his new album The Renaissance

Buy the song from Amazon here: ManWomanBoogie
Link via Rock The Dub Video costars hiphop journalist Amanda Diva.

Rock the Dub has a link to an mp3 of a mashup of MIA’s “Paper Planes” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments.

K’Naan has a new video for his song ABC’s by Chubb Rock:
ABC’s is off K’Naan’s forthcoming album Troubadour
Link via Eskay

Here is the remix to Q-Tip’s Renaissance Rap with Lil’ Wayne, Busta Rhymes, and Raekwonn. Busta Rhymes ane Raekwon are enjoyable but Lil’ Wayne gets too many bars on this remix.
Link via Metal Lungies

Recession Rap: Jadakiss Edition

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Jadakiss is the latest enter into the fray with his new song called “Hard Times” with Barrington Levy. Compared to other recession rap that has been released this song seems a lot darker lyrically.

Offshore Drilling. Maybe Later?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Before the economy collapsed in the fall, Republicans were planning on using offshore drilling as a political issue against the Democrats. It was going to be the perfect issue for the Republicans where they would have an actionable policy that the Democrats refused to go along with despite the wishes of the majority of the American people. The Republicans went so far as to choose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin based almost entirely on her support of oil drilling culminating in her catchphrase of “Drill Baby Drill.”

But the Democrats did not extend the offshore drilling ban. I am still not sure if the ban was not extended because the Democrats were not organized enough to renew the ban or if they realized it was bad politics and policy.

Now it appears that Barack Obama is at least putting into practice a delay of offshore drilling for 6 months. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar put out a statement saying that the administration wanted to extend the time for “review” on offshore drilling which is just a Washington D.C. of saying delay. Ken Salazar does give legitimate reasons which he may be sincere about including studying the uses of other forms of alternative energy and reconsidering the royalty rates on offshore drilling.

Obama should be prepared for the Republicans to use this against him. The Republicans will not turn down a political issue artificially causing oil prices to be higher.

Recession Rap

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

A new trend is starting in rap: recession rap. The latest example is Cam’ron’s video for “I hate my job” off of his upcoming Crime Pays:

N.E.R.D. released a recession themed song and music video with “Sooner or Later” fairly recently:

Hip-Hop post-Obama

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The New York Press has on hip-hop’s relationship with Barack Obama. The main point of the article is that hip-hop is also excited about Barack Obama being President because he is black, cool, and he gets hip-hop unlike all previous presidents.

The question is where does hip-hop go from here? Part of the appeal and power of hip-hop is that hip-hop has continued to serve as a voice of opposition of the status quo. A key element of rap music even in the works of commercial interests like Jay-Z has been to question the political leaders.

Based on the twittering of ?eustlove of The Roots, I am afraid most of hip-hop will automatically approve of Barack Obama’s actions. Thank goodness Dead Prez will still hold his feet to the fire.