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Drake

Posted in People with tags , , on July 1, 2010 by kat3000

Aubrey Graham, known to the masses as Drake or “Drizzy” Drake, is one of the most loved and hated rappers out. He had a fresh set of wheels early in his career, playing the sexually deficient wheelchair bound rapper on Degrassi 2.0. That gave him his street cred. Then he put out his most famous mixtape So Far Gone which turned into his most famous EP So Far Gone and now his debut album Thank Me Later and the rest is history. Besides being Young Money’s lothario, the doe eyed rapper spits plenty of emo rhymes questioning his success exactly 15 minutes after he achieved it. There are a million reasons why Drake is a moving target, but none can keep him from succeeding. One thing Drake has that his alter ego Jimmy doesn’t: When the haters attack, he can walk it out.

Keffiyeh Scarves

Posted in People, Things with tags , , , , on March 29, 2009 by kat3000

2752789551_c3c01bbd26 Commonly referred to as the “Houndstooth Desert Scarf” “arabic rag” or “the Arafat scarf” (not at all offensive), the Keffiyeh scarf has proven itself to be multi-functional within the Hip-Hop community. Rappers often wear the scarves to align themselves with political statements that they may or not be aware of. The signature “red is for the revolution” color, implies that not only is the rapper into the revolution, he’s into the Arabic version of it, which in the mind of most middle Americans means a Jihad. Not too many rappers know what a Jihad really is nor would they even know what to do in one, but the idea that they might partake in it is reason enough to wear the scarf. For rappers who understand the potential political undertones associated with a Keffiyeh scarf, they wear it as a means of appearing sophisticated and gentlemanly. This version of the scarf is usually worn in the black and white pattern – hence the nuvo-titling of Houndstooth Desert Scarf. Finally, as the scarf trickled down to the Hipster Rap movement, it just began to serve as a means of neck warmth in the crispy Brooklyn weather…available in pink and purple.

Barack Obama

Posted in People with tags , , , , on January 20, 2009 by kat3000

who-is-barack-obamaNothing but love. Welcome home, Mr. President.

Aaliyah Haughton

Posted in People, Places, Things, Uncategorized on January 16, 2009 by kat3000

aaliyah2 No one could ever hate on Aaliyah. She would have turned 30 today. Hip-Hop loves Aaliyah for being one of the official girls who was still the ride or die chick. While simultaneously being the woman that most emcees wanted to chill with and marry, Aaliyah had that intangible something, which radiated through her personality, style, and music. Her sound was the turning point where R&B met Hip-Hop. With Timbaland’s production, Aaliyah brought forth a Hip-Hop friendly sound that still achieved the essence of R&B. We love her, we miss her, we wish her a Happy Birthday.

The King of _____________

Posted in People, Places, Things on December 31, 2008 by kat3000

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Hip-Hop has always had a huge fascination with being the King of something. Whether a region, city, state, supermarket, announcing that one is in fact “The King” is usually the only criteria for becoming just that – that is until someone else claims the same of themselves. While this Grand Schism usually leads to some sort of argument/beef, the winner is almost always the one who declared it first. Some rappers, however, believe the real king to be God. As referenced in Run DMC’s “Down With the King,” the verse goes Only G.O.D. can be the King to me/and if the G.O.D. be in me, then the King I be and in the Notorious B.I.G. dedication “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa” the LOX declare Biggies entrance into heaven with I guess you with the real King of New York now, forreal. With all this talk of the King, who’s the real Queen?

Movies About Dancing

Posted in People, Places, Things with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by kat3000

2001_save_the_last_dance_007While breaking is one of the four elements of Hip-Hop and has had many movies like Breakin 1 and 2 and Beat Street honor its fluid legacy, there are several movies that have followed involving a brand new twist on Hip-Hop’s famed form of dance. Modern-day “Hip-Hop dance movies” must incorporate one or more of the following: 1. A girl from the suburbs who moves to the inner city with a desire to dance. 2. A crew of friends who all like to dance. 3. An adversarial crew that also likes to dance. 4. Someone has to die. 5. Someone has to fall in love. 6. Someone has to win a competition, get into a performing arts school through a recital and or talent show, or gain hood recognition by dancing in the street. Lastly, at least one person must emphasize that they are taking said dance routine “to the streets.” Once the streets have properly been identified, every cast member of the movie must dance on them. There must also be at least one known rapper or singer to provide the Hip-Hop stamp of approval by playing a role in the movie. No actual dance skills need apply. And finally, a valuable lesson must be learned by the close of the movie.

The Backpack

Posted in People, Things with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2008 by kat3000

yeThe backpack holds a unique significance in Hip-Hop, as it is solely responsible for crafting an entire movement. The backpack is special, as it holds everything from a writer’s Krylon to a DJ’s vinyl. Rarely does it hold actual books (hence, the reason why it is called a backpack and not a bookbag in this instance). Sometimes a backpacker will carry hardly anything at all, but the presence of his mini hump over his jacket says “Hey. I carry a backpack.” The backpack is an avid supporter of “backpacker music,” music crafted by those who also carry a backpack. The backpack has attended many a concert, frequently attending without having to pay for a ticket, though sometimes large enough in size to fill an entire standing room space. Eventually the backpack fell into a negative light in Hip-Hop and briefly retired like most rappers do. Then Kanye West began the new movement of carrying a backpack…only this time it was a Louis Vuitton and not Northface or Jansport. Since coming back out, the backpack has went back into hiding, awaiting its next public appearance or signature sound on an album cut from a Hip-Hop group that probably met over the internet.