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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sunday night with Alanis Morissette

I miss the old days of hip-hop rap music.

Pioneer groups like, Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-ONE, Grandstar, EPMD, De la Soul, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, and others during that time period, never resorted to portraying a destructive lifestyle (drugs, exploitation of women, gang violence) in order to sell records. Music during those days were more uplifting to the African-American community (e.g. Grandmaster Flash's song, "The Message") than most of the stuff you see and hear today.

A majority of the hip-hop music garbage on television today is basically a slap in the face to the early rap groups that suffered and struggled in their quest to bring their style of music out of the underground and into the mainstream (trust me, in the early 80s, rap music received NO respect on mainstream radio).

It's for that reason that I picked the following video for tonight. You'll understand what I mean when you watch the clip.