Tag: Hip Hop

1997, Music

Glee (1997) by Bran Van 3000

I love genre-bending. A number of my most favourite bands are bands that can play a wide variety of genres well, and make these genres sound like their own (or, alternatively, convince you they are an entirely different band). So I should like this. I should like this even though it is based in music …

1986, Music

Licensed to Ill (1986) by The Beastie Boys

I don’t know anything about hip hop, and even less about 80s hip hop. I have no idea whether or not this was a big deal. But I can guess, and I would guess that the sort of hardcore punk aesthetic was pretty revolutionary (and helped sell records). I can imagine that there wasn’t a …

1996, Music

The Score (1996) by Fugees

Now that I am listening to Hip Hop occasionally as part of our podcast, I sort of figured I would be able to slowly figure out what I think about individual Hip Hop records. But 5 or more albums in, I still have no idea. At bottom it is still not something I can really …

2002, Movies

Biggie and Tupac (2002, Nick Broomfield)

I don’t mind Broomfield’s annoying narration voice (which is noticeably different from his interview voice…why?) and his informal style when his material’s good. But here, it’s a mixed bag. He conducts numerous interviews with people involved or interested in both murders and those interviews, you would think, would certainly provide enough reason for a less …

2011, Movies

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011, Michael Rapaport)

Full disclosure: I do not listen to Hip Hop. I have heard some here and there – at friend’s houses, on the radio, and at concerts, and now, for my podcast – but I really know nothing about it. This is an interesting documentary about a hip hop group I know nothing about it. It’s …

1995, Music

Only Built for Cuban Linx… (1995) by Raekwon

As someone who doesn’t listen to Hip Hop, I have a really hard time with a record like this. Ostensibly not the first “mafia” gangsta rap album, but the most important? I wouldn’t know. Is the production good? I have no idea. (It’s certainly not the Bomb Squad, though…) Are the lyrics good? Well, I …

1990, Music

AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1990) by Ice Cube

What the hell do I do with this? Well, here goes… So this is the second “classic” hip hop record I’ve ever given my requisite 3 listens. However, unlike the one Public Enemy record I’ve now heard, I can’t just accept it for what it is. Because, unlike that record, and like so much of …

2010, TV

30 for 30: One Night in Vegas (2010, Reggie Rock Bythewood)

I thought this series was about sports… I am a white male who was born to middle class parents in Toronto in the early 1980s. I cannot, for my life, imagine what it is like to grow up sometimes fearing for your life. I’m sure it drastically affects your outlook on life, your behaviour, and …

2010, TV

30 for 30: Straight Outta L.A. (2010, Ice Cube)

This is an interesting story that I was unaware of (like totally unaware of) but unfortunately it’s made by a rapper who doesn’t know how to direct a movie. Ice Cube has clearly seen a bunch of sports docs he really likes, and he tries his hardest to emulate those films, but he really misses …

1990, Music

Fear of a Black Planet (1990) by Public Enemy

This is the first Hip Hop album I have ever given my requisite 3 listens to. I am 33 years old. There have been a number of R&B (or “urban”) albums containing raps and Hip Hop that I have listened to, and I listened to an EP recently that might have sort of qualified, but …

2010, Music

Wake Up! (2010) by John Legend and the Roots

I don’t know John Legend and I’m barely aware of the Roots. And I only know one of the originals. But I’m reasonably impressed. The version of “Compared to What” is different enough to be worth listening to. I am making the same assumption for the other tracks, though I have no idea.This is absolutely …

2010, Music

…Featuring Norah Jones (2010)

This is a compilation of some (though apparently far from all) of Norah Jones’ guest appearances after she became a star. (Though some feel more like duets.) I guess it’s a way for people to see what else she’s doing? I don’t know.Because the thing about this is that there’s a lot of different genres, …

2003, Music

Hard Groove (2003) by the RH Factor

Despite the huge number of collaborators, I feel like this is Hargrove’s most personal album. He admits that this emerged from home recordings and it doesn’t surprise me. The man was suffocated by what he was told he had to be, and then, in his spare time, he fiddled around with some contemporary (and not …

2014, Music

DJ Similac Presents Cut the World (2014?) by JT Cuts

So I was walking home from work some time last week and this guy came up to me and tried to push his record on me. He asked me if I liked “dance” music. I told him no. He mentioned other genres I didn’t like. I kept insisting I didn’t listen to that stuff. I …

2011, Music

WIMF: the Wolfe Island Music Festival 2011

My friend recently noted that the acronym is confusing, making one think of the IMF, so I decided to spell it out. Just putting that out there. This was the 13th edition of the festival but my first. I must say I was unfamiliar with most of the bands, though I knew many of them …