I’ve got to vent a little, so indulge me.
Michael Jackson told me that I was not alone, but sometimes I wonder…if you know, what it means, to find your dreams come true.
“…frustrated, irritated, sometimes I don’t know myself I be too numb, to feel something sometimes, so I dig deep…” ~ Khujo Goodie, “Thought Process” Soul Food
There’s a lot of discussion about hip-hop being dead and what not. And generally, the usual suspects – the Soulja Boy’s and Ying Yang Twins and any other largely Southern ringtone rappers – are trotted out as culprits in the murder. And a lot of times, people are right.
However, if hip-hop is dying, the same folks who complain about the Ying Yang Twins are the very people wielding the icepick and stabbing ninjas over and over and stealing their tagless Hane.
I present to you Exhibit A: Pete Rock was DJing in Washington, DC, on Saturday night.
A maximum of 30 people showed up.
Motherf*cking 30 people.
This ain’t Pete from up the street who stays stuck off some rocks. This is legendary hip-hop producer extraordinaire Pete Rock, the man who produced “T.R.O.Y.” , my favorite song in hip-hop history. The beat alone should be at or near the very top of any discussion of best beats of all time. In fact, if you disagree with that last sentence and claim to be a hip-hop fan just walk slowly to your medicine cabinet, take the whole bottle of Advil and one yourself.
And for good measure, VH1 should go kill itself too for putting this song at #90 on their list of Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time. Songs listed ahead of “T.R.O.Y.”? At #50 Lil Wayne ” The Block Is Hot”, at #16, Missy Elliot “Get Ur Freak On”…then again, this list included L’Trimm “Cars With The Boom” so um, yeah.
You lost one, one; lose some to win some.
Not many people know this but DC is a hotbed of underground hip-hop. We have so many underground producers and rappers here its amazing that nobody’s really hit the big time. And all of them are influenced by the work that Pete Rock has done. Did any of them show up?
Amazing, especially considering that Pete Rock being in town means an appearance by Grap Luva, Pete’s younger brother and former member of the group I.N.I., who is about the best host you’ll ever have at a party. Not only is he a cool cat he has stories for days and tells them all. On the mic. And Grap rolls with the hip-hop contingent in DC. And yet, no one.
It was literally two turntables and a mic. One bad DJ on the set.
Those 30 souls who graced the nightclub on Saturday night were truly treated to a lesson in hip-hop history. Hell, I run the club and didn’t shut anything down until nearly 4am because Pete felt like spinning and Grap felt like telling stories.
“Whether it’s 10 or 10,000, we’re gonna give them a show.”
The Champ says that the hip-hop community doesn’t do a good job of honoring legends and largely, that’s true. In fact, the only time anybody really pays tribute to a legend is at an award show or now on VH1. If you think about it, the only time most of us get to see legends anymore are when they do shows. And really, I wasn’t expecting 1,000 people this go around. But not even 100 people in DC wanted to see Pete Rock? And it ain’t like the event wasn’t promo’d.
As a hip-hop fan, a real hip-hop fan who still managed to love the new stuff these days to include the Jeezy’s and T.I.’s of the world, it really frustrated me that one of the greatest producers of all time in hip-hop was in the building, in DC, and largely, nobody gave a flying squirrel sh*t. Everybody loves old-school hip-hop and R&B…but yet, we were empty.
And that just lets you know that hip-hop is either already dead or its currently being murdered by the very people who swear to be upholding “the real.”
Basically, it’s like the ninjas who don’t vote complaining about “their” candidate losing the election.
Go Obama and f*ck you if you’re part of the problem.
Thank you San Diego for letting me get that off my chest.
Goodnight and goodluck.
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P
P.S. For all those individuals in Atlanta, I’ll be one of the hosts for a party at Sabor Lounge this Friday in Atlanta for Morehouse’s Homecoming. If you’re interested in getting on the guestlist (free admission before 1130pm), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll forward you the information and see you there…VSB P is returning to the A to turn that motha out…
*Doing Hammer Dance*
Holla at a playa when you see me in the street trick.