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ICE-T on The ART of RAP

In Communication, Griot, Movies, Music, Networking on July 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

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It’s still lunch time in the life of RAP MUSIC and while reading Ebony Magazine [July 2012], I came across a caption that read, “Where’s the beef? Finally, a documentary focusing on the process of Hip-Hop”.

Sounds interesting enough. It caught my attention – so I read on:

t would be a mistake to consider Ice-T’s first foray into the world of the documentary as just another hip-hop film. it’s different: It doesn’t care about beef’s or why so-and-so broke up or which rapper doesn’t like such-and-such. Rather, “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap discusses the elements of hip-hop, how rhymes are made and how rhythms are born.

Musicians, hip-hop aficionados, and casual fans alike will appreciate Grandmaster Caz and Eminem’s description of how they make their rhymes and why they select the words they do. Rakim, Q-Tip, Immortal Technique, KRS-One and other granddaddies of rap explain their inventions. Here’s what Ice, now 54, had to say the latest endeavor, which is in theaters now.

“If your favorite rapper isn’t in it,
he ain’t in my address book.”

Why do this film?
Hip-hop started to dilute itself and [became] pop. I know I couldn’t get my point across in an interview or in a record I always wanted to direct movies. It was for me to interview my peers and break down what rap is to them and why it’s an art form that needs to be respected. It took two years to get everybody on film. Our only goal was to get it to Sundance. Now it’s coming out in theaters.

Although there are many big names in the movie, some are conspicuously absent, most notably, many rappers in today charts.
I didn’t interview anybody I didn’t know. All the people in the movie came out of my address book. This movie isn’t about seeing your favorite rappers; It’s more about seeing my favorite rappers. If your favorite rapper isn’t in it, he ain’t in my address book.

You’ve been in the game for a long time.
If you’re 18 now, then when I started on Law and Order: SUV, you were 5 years old. You don’t know about N.W.A. You don’t know about RUN-DMC. But there’s always that person who knows me from “Cop Killer” or gangsta rap, but it’s beautiful because that’s one of the reasons I’ll always be Ice-T. Even as an actor, I want people to know, I think that’s why Queen Latifah kept the Queen [even though she’s now primarily an actor]. I’m Ice-T till the wheels fall off.
[–ASG]


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I haven’t seen the documentary yet, though please believe I will within the next few days.
I’m a connoisseur of GOOD HEAD and for too long “sufficient rap” has been on-the-stay.

It used to speak to my mind and occasionally speak to my soul
and made me feel that WORDS were a pleasure to behold.

But nowadays, the radio’s constant rotating play
Is lack luster, a dream buster – yielding loads of verbal nays.

I eventually ditched the lyrics and opted for the instrumentals instead.
Then I realized I was missing the heart of proactive verbs in my head.

So I began to free style, constructing my own bars in Griot,
I’m Qui
and now that the documentary’s out – I’ll happily fare the reel ‘GO’.
Ice-T has the GOOD HEAD —>ya know?

Mid-Week Check Point

In Griot, Music, News, Sports on May 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Gosh this week is just flying by,
Good production (on a daily) has got me high.

I’m taking it easy on the writes but heavy on the films.
I’ve been keeping “you” in mind during my reflections of reel.

I’m filming in the DFW, but have the West Coast all in my lens’ view.
I even have a few – repping their camera due – bearing East coast roots.

I’m networking hard and meeting new people everyday;
I’m enjoying the journey at hand & all of the talent being thrown my way.

Hm…What else do I have to say? Well, “world news” is still being made–
But I’ve been uninterested during these BP oil drilling & spilling days.

Slick hearings are going on & wars are still in progress;
Marine life is going down without a BP oil solution vest.

Music from local hip hop producers have been dominating my cd rotational play
So let me give a real quick hit of Ag-Towns “Perry Jackson aka PJ“.

He’s not a philosopher like Common or KRS-One
But if you’re in “the party mood” – PJ amps up the fun.

I’ve also been doing social media businessJoe G was recently in town,
and if you know the KSU Coach like we do – he brings good business around. 🙂

He spoke at a golfing event for the KSU Alumni & duly hyped up the score
regarding the Chicago Bears 5th Round Draft Pick – The Wildcat: Joshua Moore.

The rest of my week calls for editing work and taking up any opportunities ‘to shoot’,
I’m Qui

Checking in with you since we’re mid-way through – because communicating is what I do.
Ooooo!
So what’s going on with you?

Has Rap taken a Wrap

In Music, Networking on January 27, 2010 at 8:31 am

Let’s CHANGE THE BEAT for a minute and talk about black music, Hip Hop in particular. Is it even still considered black music with such inductees like Eminem and a plethora of other white boys that go hard in their hood? Hip Hop belongs to no race of people today – it’s fair game. But the birth of its roots are as black as they come. NY birthed something beautiful and Fab5Freddy was there. It was then that he laced Blondie with those now famous words: “Fab5Freddy told me everybody’s fly…” in her Rapture video on MTV. Remember that? Fab continues to maneuver behind the scenes producing and directing music videos, co-producing and exec-producing films/documentaries and of course riding at the helms of the VH1 Annual Hip Hop Honor Shows that air in October. Last year was a big hit – if you missed it, peep some of the memorable 2009 highlights below::

It was good. But where are we (in terms of growth) in rap today? A lot of the beats are nice but what about the words? Where have the words gone? What are we saying? I don’t know what 1-hit wonders rule your local airwaves, but there’s a song that rhythmically (beat banging) hits the spot and gets all of the air playtime, I don’t know the songs title, but the chorus phrase is as follows:

“He’s got a big… and knows how to use it. Bone!”

And the message behind it is? Well I think you get it. I’m too young to be railroaded into listening to TALK RADIO all of the time in my car. A girl (like myself) likes to bounce around at a stop light or two to the local FM hip hop stations, but it’s just not happening. The last time I danced in my car, at the light, had to have been 2 summers ago. As of recent, you can find me in my car silent, (listening to NPR Radio) or waving my mock-maestro hand to the classical concertos that feed their segway changes. It just isn’t right. I was raised on hip hop and I thought it would never stop. Now I’m praying that the current rap slop on the radio will be arrested. I love Lil’ Wayne, but he ain’t talking about nothing neither is Nikki Menaj. Drake is okay, but he’s not quite a rapper. Now there is a hip hop guy that I have been feeling as of late, but he’s not on the local airways – he’s mostly online. I met him on Twitter through one of FabNewYorks Re-Twits [RT], his name is JASIRIX and today he nearly stands alone in his fresh approach to being socially and economically aware in his rap messages & videos. There are staple legends in the rap game that are known for doing “exactly that”, like KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Most Def, Common – but naturally, they get next to NO AIRTIME on local radio stations. Perhaps it’s because their lyrics make you think too deeply. What do you think? Are you thinking?

Which rap artist are flooding your local radio stations and what are their moral messages on a whole? Are LL Cool J, Jay-Z & Ice Cube out of sound messages? Does a banging beat really need raggedy lyrics? Lately I’ve opted for the instrumentals. They provide me the jam I want to jerk my body too and because there’s no auto tune vocals atop of it, I am able to think my own thoughts or even freestyle aloud with no artist interruption. What’s rap without the rap artist? A hip hop instrumental track. Soooo Has Rap taken a Wrap? Is it possible to revise the legendary format and chart a literal come back?

I’m Qui
‘Definitely looking forward to that.