MY PRIMARY AIM IS

TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES IN THEIR LIVES, WHILE HAVING FUN.

Friday, July 31, 2009

How to swim the Seas of Hip Hop

It has been ask of me recently, to provide guidance on how to get into hip hop music. It can be overwhelming with all the rappers, emcees, and everything in between claiming to be real hip hop and flooding the sound waves with their version of the music. The reality, hip hop is diverse! People draw distinction between rap and hip hop, but really it all stems from the culture of hip hop and there are many branches. So how do you navigate your way through the varieties of hip hop? Start with what you’ve heard and liked. Find out who the artist is and who they have worked with. Since like minds flock together you will begin rapidly expanding your hip hop collection with similar sounding artist. Also you may want to find out who produces the tracks (music without the lyrics). After all it was the music of hip hop that got me hooked and if that is the case for you, follow the producers. Eventually you will develop an ear to appreciate good music production and lyrics, and you have to work at. It is my opinion that the best of hip hop is not represented in pop culture, so you have to do your research to find it. To get you on the right foot, in the right direction, Here is my list of recommended artist to begin listening to.

DLUX THE LIGHT :)
Common
The Roots
Lupe Fiasco
De La Soul
Tribe Called Quest
Mos Def
Talib Kweli
Kidz in the Hall
Pharaoh Monch
Little Brother
Living Legends

Enjoy!

DLUX THE LIGHT





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5 comments:

Krevbot said...

Thanks, Desmond. Some of those guys I've heard of, but most of them I haven't. That makes sense about following the producers for the music, and such.

Listened to your CD on the way back from Portland and really enjoyed it. I'm excited about going back to play it for my students this year, because they always want to listen to hip hop, but since most of it has cuss words in it, I can't.

DLUX THE LIGHT said...

Thanks. I appreciate the love. I aim to keep it clean and uncorny. Let me know what your students think.

Krevbot said...

Is there any way I can get the lyrics for the CD? I like to put them on the overhead for my General Music class some times.

Thanks!

DLUX THE LIGHT said...

I have a few of them typed up. I'll post them here and let you know.

DLUX THE LIGHT said...

I have the lyrics for the title track "Keep it moving." I'll have to type up the rest. Is there any song in particular you want the lyrics to?

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