Sunday, May 27, 2007

Flux Capacitor

People still takin' rappin' for a joke,
A passing hope or a phase with a rope,

Sometimes I choke and try to believe,

when I get challenged by a million MCs...

***The Scene: 1988 Commish is at the local record store. 2007 Commish enters and starts this conversation:

07: Yo, son.
88: Uh
07: Yeah, brah, I'm you. The 2007 version. Nice mullet.
88: Mul-what? What's going on?
07: What are you buying there?
88: I got Jazzy Jeff and Boogie Down Productions.
07: Great choices. In fact, I just bought the new Jazzy Jeff and the new KRS-One just a few days back. That must be what happened here, some sort of weird harmonic convergence that made me, 2007 Commish, come meet the 1988 me because we're buying the same artists 19 years apart.
88: Yeah, I bet you took a flying DeLoreon or something, right?
07: Smart ass.
88: KRS-One and Jazzy Jeff are still around in 2007?
07: They're not in the mainstream like today, but they're still putting out good music to the real rap fans who
appreciate that sound.
88: Real rap? Isn't rap just rap?
07: In a few years, you'll see the Hip Hop sound start to fragment. You'll have alot of rappers water down their sound to get radio play. Years after that, the production and beats will get even less, and you'll have more artists with simple sounds and call-and-respond type songs catering to radio and club play.
88: Ye
ah, right. What's that cap your wearing?
07: The Colorado Rockies, the local baseball team.
88: Baseball in Denver, are you stoned Mister?
07: You're a funny kid. And I'm loving the white Adidas sweat suit and flea market gold chains you got there.
88: These
are stupid fresh. More than I can say about that twice your size t-shirt and funky tennis shoes you got on. So, if Hip Hop becomes so lame, what do I do?
07: Well kid, later this year you'll discover
consciousness in rap, at the same time you'll become transfixed by gangster, street tale rap. After a few years of that, you'll get back to a hardcore East Coast rap that focuses on lyrics and tight beats. You'll smatter some West Coast funk and some Cali artists as well. Then, your outlook will change as the artists I talked about before.
88: No, you mean I'll listen to Bon Jovi and all that crap the smoking kids listen to?
07: No, you'll start to seek out underground rap. You'll even start a blog that talks about it.
88: A blog? Sounds like a turd in a toliet.
07: Well, it pretty much is.
88: So what should I do about Hip Hop?
07: Nothing, just follow what sounds good to you. Hip Hop will speak to so many people on different levels, people will drop in and drop out over the years, but the true fans will always be there. We're one of the real ones.
88: That's crazy dope!
07: Yeah, in full effect.
88: Do I ever get busy with that blonde in my Spanish class?
07: No, Senor.



Blogger Travis said...

Funny shit, it's the truth

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

my brother had He's the DJ on vinyl. Wasn't it a 2 LP set?

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fo real dawg!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Nuff respect. That was some creative writing, B. KRS has had some wile-out moments the past couple years (e.g., threatening hip-hop journalist Adisa Banjoko at the Stanford Know-The-Ledge hip-hop panel), but he is still mad relevant to the culture plus nice on the M-I.

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Blogger Jon said...


8:43 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

Hip is the knowledge, Hop is the movement....

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Blogger @slushygutter said...

^Trav- makes me feel old is what it does.

^Poop- I had the vinyl, but lost it somewhere along the years. It was a LP with a bonus record that had some great scratches on it.

^Coat- Sorry brah, but TDub's puffy coat didn't make an appearance till 93. You're 5 years too early.

^FM- KRS has always been a contradiction. You could probably do a thesis paper on his words/actions.

^Matthew- awwwwwwwwww, whatever happenned to Kenny Parker?

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