Finished the first Hip Hop Family Tree trading card. Check it out on Boing Boing. http://boingboing.net/2014/10/07/hip-hop-family-tree-trading-ca.html
By Kenji Jasper
MTV Unplugged was designed primarily for rock fans who wanted to hear what their favorite artists sounded like when their instruments weren’t plugged into an amp. But that changed on May 1, 1991, when the channel aired the debut broadcast of Yo! Unplugged Rap, 60 minutes of acoustic beats to the rhyme that proved hip-hop was just as formidable with live instruments as it was with samples and breakbeats.
“[It’s like] you drink milk for 10 years and then [you have to] drink fruit punch,” A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip told MTV News about being backed by Pop’s Cool Love, the LA funk-metal band that provided grooves for the set. “It’s not that the fruit is bad, but you have to get used to it.”
The show set the stage for crossover artists like Michael Franti’s Spearhead, Arrested Development, The Roots and Jay Z’s monster mashup with Linkin Park.
“During rehearsal we’d go in and tell them where we wanted to drop,” MC Lyte added in the interview, “or where we wanted [a certain song] to come in to jazz it up a little, but from the regular track.”
Starting off with a slow fade into the bass line from Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” — the centerpiece of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” — Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali Shaheed Muhammad launched into a spirited performance that set the tone for the rest of the half-hour special.
MTV created hip-hop?
"Columbusing" is pretty much the best new word about shit, because as far as white folks are concerned, nothing exists or matters until it becomes accessible to them.
Funny enough, though, one of the few decent white folks about hiphop, Adam Mansbach, had a pretty interesting thing to say about the shift and cultural appropriation years back…
He pointed out that initially, if you wanted to participate in hiphop, you had to go to events and house parties, which meant you had to actually treat Black folks with respect or you’d get kicked out. This changed drastically once hiphop hits TV, because now white people could access it without ever having to interact with Black people at all, much less have to change their interaction default from shitty microaggressions and privilege to one of decency.
Of course, while we’ve got white people claiming that Miley, Iggy and Macklemore are some kind of “culmination” of hiphop with occasional nods to Eminem or Beastie Boys, it’s no surprise that they’re going to attempt to rewrite history that their own media ‘invents” all Black media as well.
The irony is, that for all of hiphop’s sampling and plays off each other’s lyrics, it is done as a sign of respect to one’s roots and sources, while the same people who accused them of theft, are the first to remove all history and context and install white faces over it.
This is also really relevant to the fact that (and this is all just my really basic understanding as someone who’s interested and learning, not an expert by any means) hip-hop in the 1970s and early 80s originally had forms to it that weren’t monetized by major corporations — breaking and graffiti — that were also part of the culture equally along with rapping. But once money started showing up as an outcome of the music (or even just a ~potential outcome), more mainstream record label interest got involved, and uh, suddenly “hip-hop” = music, sorry b-boys, sorry Brim, etc etc etc.
[Image: a split picture. One side is a photo of a Black man wearing glasses in a hospital bed with oxygen tubing under his nose. The other side is a sign that reads: “My name is Michael Hunter. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 & was told on June 11, 2014 that I only have a few months left to live if I can’t find a donor. Please help me with my biological family or a donor match! I was born in Columbus, OH 3/1/1985 at Doctor’s North Hospital and given the name Christopher Brown. Please share”.]
"My name is Michael Hunter. I was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 & was told on June 11, 2014 that I only have a few months left to live if I can’t find a donor. Please help me with my biological family or a donor match! I was born in Columbus, OH 3/1/1985 at Doctor’s North Hospital and given the name Christopher Brown. Please share"
Michael is a friend, I’m asking that you all take the time to share this. He desperately needs a bone marrow donor and there is very limited number of African American donors. Without a donor Michael is going to die.
Michael was adopted and does not know his birth family. We know he has a half brother but have no information about him.
He does not specifically need an African American Donor but because of all of the things that factor into finding a match (blood type, dna tissue etc.) , someone of similar descent is more likely to be a closer match.
If anyone knows anything about Michael’s birth family or if you would like to see if you are a match, please privately message me. I can put you in touch with him and his caregivers directly!
We hope through spreading awareness we can either find his birth family whom he does not know or find a donor match. Michael lives in the Cincinnati, OH area. Please dont just like this or scroll past. Please share this! You could save his life!
BOOST. Its so hard for Black people to find donors.
Today’s picture for invisible illness is a personal one. This is one of about 30 notes that my friend has received since using her handicapped placard. I’m going to say this to you, have you ever seen someone get out of a car parked in a handicapped space and said to yourself “they look too young or they don’t look disabled.” I’m going to go with yes you have, because we all have at one time. I can’t remember doing it, but before I understood the difficulties of invisible illness when I was younger I probably did. Let me ask you this though, when you had that thought was it because you knew with 100% certainty that they weren’t handicapped or did you assume that because of their age and/or not seeing a cane, walker or wheelchair? All I’m asking is that we stop and think when we someone need a mobility aid, park in a handicapped space or say they are disabled that we remember this “DISABILITY HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH AGE OR APPEARNACE.” #spoonie #invisibleillness #disability #chronicillness #rheumatoidarthritis #lupus #fibromyalgia #myofascialpainsyndrome
If nothing else, this post needs to be seen around the internet more. This harassment is not okay and no one should have to deal with it on top of having an invisible illness. This is just another form of anonymous bullying to add to the internet bullying these TROLLS are capable of.
If you are healthy, please reblog.
If you are sick, please reblog.
If you have a disability, please reblog.
If you have an invisible illness, please reblog.
If you know someone with a disability, please reblog.
If you are a human being, please reblog.
Let’s spread the word and help those of us that may not look like it.
Ignorance isn’t bliss, ignorance is ignorance.