Q:Does it bother you at times that with every young, promising and creative new rapartist there comes this gigantic pool of meme-rappers trying to mimic his or her sound up to the point where even the original starts to sound corny/played out?
This has always been the case - do you have any idea how many forgotten Fig Faddy Fanes dropped terrible records in 1989? Young artists need to start somewhere and usually that means mimicking someone they admire. This in of itself does not bother me, it’s natural.
The problem as I see today it is that the the industry, the media and, most frustratingly, a significant chunk of the audience seems more permissive of this sort of thing than in the past. Biting isn’t just allowed, it’s actively encouraged. Kids get publicity and fans and deals without anyone ever pressing them in a way that would force them to form an original thought. Then more biters bite those biters and rap just becomes this boring circle of teeth marks on top of teeth marks on top of the eight thousand fake ASAP and Keef songs that land in my inbox daily.
So this tumblr was created by a guy who programmed a bot to automatically find random dialogue from The Wire, make a gif of it, and post it automatically to his tumblr once an hour. It’s poking fun of internet fandom in general, and how gifs are created from even the most irrelevant scenes.
So yeah, basically, this guy won the internet today.
this guy is a fucker & dumb
could any scene or dialogue from The Wire be irrelevant though?
Yeah, The Wire is probably the wrong series to pick, since the dialogue is generally really strong.
Also, GIFs that take scenes out of context often make those scenes funny, even if they weren’t originally, sometimes precisely because they’re irrelevant and the fact that someone has taken the time to make a GIF out of irrelevance is part of the joke.
So basically, this guy accidentally epitomized one of the most interesting and original parts of Internet fandom culture.
So, I’m that guy and… well, I wouldn’t call it accidental.
@mrchuckd comes through in the clutch. http://boingboing.net/2013/06/18/brain-rot-hip-hop-family-tree-61.html
Mellow Man Ace - “Rhyme Fighter” (Capitol, 1989)
“That was a style that Rammellzee had used first. [aka the ‘Gangsta Duck’ style] His style was more effect-driven, while I just held my nose and went “Yo MCs!” But I’d taken the idea of changing my voice from Rammellzee. He’s still underrated, he was the personal rapper for Rock Steady Crew back in the day. [rhymes “Beat Bop” pretty much in its entirety] But that’s where I derived that style that later Muggs had B-Real ask me if B could use, and that’s what turned into the style that B-Real made famous in Cypress Hill. We used to study Cold Crush Brothers, Sugarhill Gang, Funky Four Plus One, and they were structured. But Rammellzee, it was like one long rap! That’s where we got that womp-womp-womp for “River Cubano” and where Muggs got that “Cy-cypress hill…” from the record, it was all Rammellzee, that’s how much of an impact his work had on us.” - Mellow Man Ace
Important bit of hip hop history. Rammellzee was amazing and his influence far-reaching.