Posts Tagged ‘music’

One of the Greats: Big Pun

December 8, 2008

By Carlos Mesa

When people think about the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, they think of great names like Big L, Notorious B.I.G, 2pac, Jay-Z, Nas, Dr. Dre, etc. The one artist people continue to forget is a man from Bronx, New York. Christopher Lee Rios, a Puerto Rican-American known as Big Pun to the hip-hop world should be mentioned as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time.

Stepping on the hip-hop scene in the late 1990’s and emerging as one of the most lyrical artists, Big Pun only came out with two albums, Capital Punishment and Yeeeah Baby, due to the fact that his life was cut short by a deadly heart attack. A third album, Endangered Species, was created in his honor and consists of unreleased tracks, guest appearances, and greatest hits. (more…)

Music Is a Lifestyle

December 5, 2008

By Anthony Wise

Instructor’s note: Here, Anthony tries to resolve the great Go-Go versus Baltimore Club music debate.

All around the world there are different types of lifestyles and music within these lifestyles. Music usually is a term of expression for that type of lifestyle. In the United States alone there are many styles of music. Rhythm and Blues, known as R&B, Rap, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Reggaeton, Crunk, Hyphy, Jazz, Rock and Roll and several others. Being raised in the Mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S., I have been exposed to two special genres of music which have left a great impact on my life, Baltimore Club Music and Go-Go. (more…)

What Happened to H.E.R. (Hip Hop in its Essence and Real)?

December 3, 2008

By Thomas Moody II

Hip-Hop is in a state of emergency. There is a rise in rappers without substance in what they rap about. Listening to the radio, once enjoyable, has become a horrific experience. Turning the dial is like playing Russian roulette with a handgun. You will be blown away by how ignorant and ridiculous today’s lyrics are.

Personally, I cannot stand that Soulja Boy passes his dance songs off as hip-hop. Songs on his debut album include “Booty Meat” and “Donk”. Both of which instruct women to, “shake dat booty meat” and to “bend it, get it.” There is no meaning to this mindless gyration. I believe that people should not support such fake hip-hop, the artists who make it, the corporations that sell it, nor the mediums by which it reaches the masses. (more…)