Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Kind of Heat That Irons Out the Wrinkles

The way people talk about HIP HOP nowadays weirds me out.
People recite statistics of albums-sold like they discuss runs batted in or points per game.
They talk about record label deals and mergers like they read it out of The Wall Street Journal.

You will never hear a so-called "music journalist" discussing Beck's "numbers". Or comparing the new RadioHead album to the first-week sales of Coldplay's last one.

It doesn't apply to other genres. But the same "journalist" will write a review of Bob Dylan's new album and speak purely about the CONTENT of the record, the ARTISTRY of the MUSIC, and then turn around and include sales figures when discussing The Roots or Lupe Fiasco. Is this because they believe this is the way one is supposed to speak about HIP HOP?
Why is this?

The language of HIP HOP has become the language of business. This has become an accepted part of "the Game." The game has rules. Who created these rules is not exactly clear. The journalists will turn to the artists and say they set the tone of the conversation and they (the critics) are just doing their Journalistic best to report the world as it is.

What I think is this:

When HIP HOP became the dominant form of popular music it adopted the language of the dominant culture. It now speaks from the throne of power and is encouraged to espouse the glorious benefits of American Capitalism.

Maybe it's because as HIP HOP grew into middle age it became corny and boring the way most people in their thirties do. It started worrying about paying taxes and mutual funds and shit. It sold out the struggle for imagined middle class security. It forgot what it was like to be young. It celebrated as it conquered the mainstream only to find that it had, in fact, simply been absorbed by it. Becoming part of a far lager whole. Like the BLOB.

so, uh, anyway. HIP HOP is DEAD. (R.I.P.)

Donnan Linkz is an Emcee/Producer. He did some beats on Loer Veocity's record.
I've been listening a lot to this dope little mixtape "Hood Times". Its a collection of his songs and songs he produced for other artists and strung together with interludes of him rocking over Dilla Beats.

I really like him as a Rapper. He's got a real compelling presence on the mic. His beats are hot too. The first song "GhettoBlaster" is his production and is Fresh to Death. The second two tracks are him over Dilla beats and, they too, are Fresh to Death. Check it.

Donnan Linkz: GhettoBlaster

Donnan Linkz: 1984

Donnan Linkz: DayzLike This
all selections from "Hood Times"


Jaz said...

word up, I just found your blog...I dig it man,was Donnan Links in a short lived group on Embedded?...anyway speaking of links, I added you...keep up the dope work

Blind Boy Grunt said...

Thanks for the link. Your Blog is very thorough. I've added you as well.

Well done..
Donnan Links was in a group with Loer Velocity, and E-Dot (who's now on Uncle Howie Records) called "Not For Nothin'". They had a 12' out on Embedded and I think they had some stuff on those Embedded comps.

Peace to you mang

Benjeye said...

I've only heard one song by Donnan Links off Thirsty Music - Sugar h20
which also has a song by E-dot ft Loer Velocity. The song by Donnan Links is called Broken Record. And is a song that really hits home. Anyways Blind Boy hit me up on myspace or some shit and let's talk that old new york boom bap shit.

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