It must be your ass.
This is about a week too late, but I have a smidgen of free time, so I'll indulge myself. Last weekend, ABLLE, the black/Latino men's group on campus hosted the CHAS conference for men of the same background from other liberal arts colleges. I didn't register (whoops!), but I did attend their showing of "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" by Byron Hurt. You can watch a preview of the movie if you click on the link, but here are some quick things to note:
- Chuck D thinks every rapper out is a punk.
- There's a guy who says something to the effect of "money's my bitch, and I'm trying to get my rape on"
- Another dude, when talking about what kinds of characters record companies want artists to portay, says the title of this post.
- Mos Def's intelligence shtick is just that, while at least Busta is honest in his homophobia.
I saw the movie last semester and liked it, and Black Thought, James Peterson and Marc Lamont Hill were on the panel, so I figured it would be productive. It was, to an extent, though I got the feeling that for some people watching that movie was the first time they had seen those issues discussed in regards to rap. I asked to questions, which Patrick and I talked a little bit about on Sunday:
How trusting should someone like me be of a person like AL Sharpton, who seems like he wants total control of the images of black people that are displayed to the masses? How can I be sure he's going to ensure a diversity of images?According to some, there are plenty concept albums in rap, and the idea of a concept album is really an excercise in self-importance. Discuss.
Would rappers get so much heat if they marketed each album as a "concept album?"