Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Another post of musical fondness

I've been listening to more classic music. This time it's the Wu-tang Clan's 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). A slight change of gears from the Beatles, yes, but notable all the same. I never paid much attention to hip-hop, because what business does an upper-middle class (well, not lately) white kid really have getting into hip-hop? It's like wearing leather belts because you think cows are cool. I'm more the problem than the solution, in the grand scheme of things.

But the RZA's production overcomes my Caucasian squeamishness. I, too, enjoy Shaw brothers chop-socky movies from the '70s and share a love of warm, gritty analoguery. I'm working on an upcoming episode of MitE featuring Streetfeld becoming involved in a rap confrontation with his nemesis, a history-quoting MC named Da Professa, and the often-imitated-but-never-equalled style of the RZA (who also scored the weird and endearing Jim Jarmusch film Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai) is a huge influence. We'll see if I can get close enough to it to provide some entertainment.

1 comment:

Sydney MacLean said...

The great thing about hip-hop is that it incorporates everything... even middle class white kids. Personally, I've let my white liberal male heterosexual guilt go when I realized that my ancestors were fucked over throughout history too.

The fact is that the "problem" is always a generalization. You ask a feminist, the problem is men. You ask a black activist, the problem is whitey. You ask me, the problem is rich people. Of course, there are a lot of good, socially responsible rich people... I just don't care enough to defend them so I feel comfortable lumping them in with all of the other jackasses who institutionalized female, homosexual, and non-white inferiority. I personally don't see how I've benefited from any of that behavior, so fuck it.

Getting back to the point, my personal hip-hop favorites are the Fugees, Wyclef Jean, Everlast, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Cypress Hill, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Sage Francis, and (of course) Gorillaz. Wyclef especially embodies the hip-hop spirit to me with the way he integrates vastly different musical styles and artists like Willie Nelson, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, and even The Rock.