Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hip Hop Music - Thank You & RIP Guru

Hey everyone

I thought I would do a blog post to say I love Hip Hop Music I know this may surprise a lot of people but it doesnt surprise me that people would think that.

Hip Hop music influenced me to come up with Real Name No Gimmicks at the beginning of my videos. How did this come about some of you asked and I mentioned it a long time but thought I will mention it again.

I was getting ready to go to a Kanye West gig in Brighton in November 2007 and then I was listening to a lot of hip hop and then suddenly it came from this song done by Obie Trice listen between 0:22 to 0:38 of this video -

Here are the lyrics just in case -

Yeah, Obie Trice, real name no gimmicks
I came in the game, profane no image
I came in the game, with a name
I was given from a mayn who ain't give a fuck about his child-ren
I proclaim the name though, never in vain no

Thats how Real Name No Gimmicks came out of me and became a catchpharse to people on Youtube. So I thank Hip Hop music for giving me that to help me with that but also with confidence that while people say Hip Hop music creates negativity which the media say, I felt it creates something more positive apart from people who talk about guns and knives with no moral lesson to learn from.

Hip Hop music gave me the courage to become more upfront in certain ways of expressing opinions although people may try to shut me down sometimes and they are right to but other times I feel I need to make a stand against others and I never back down.

Like for example I was talking about Summer In The City in one of my blog entries where I said I felt I went to much better gatherings than that one and while someone came to me to say their points, I still stood by my points and understood a couple of points that someone was coming back at me with. Now Im listening to it again It gives me more courage to not give a flying toss about haters but anyone who has something constructive to say then I will listen to what they have to say and then give my point if I feel if there is something I can say back.


OK onto the second topic I want to talk about and what made me want to write this blog about thanking Hip Hop music for giving me the real name no gimmicks catchpharse.

Today a rapper by the name of Guru passed away. Guru had been battling with cancer for over a year and I will admit it was the first time I heard about it, maybe it was because I lost the passion to listen to Hip Hop because of corporations bleeding the genre dry or I lost interest in a lot of web sites and focused on my youtube. Its always sad to hear about someone passing away through cancer and to someone who voiced his true opinions about the music, its sad to hear they passed away.

He was part of the Rap Duo Gang Starr with producer DJ Premier (one of the best producers in Hip Hop music ever). Guru was one of those rappers who made me think about life instead of the darker stuff that was happening. He had a flow that was very unique to other rappers I heard and one of the best yet. I got into Gang Starr/Guru really late and the first album I heard was "Full Clip: A Decade Of Gang Starr"

Even his longtime partner Solar said to MTV "The world has lost one of the best MCs and hip-hop icons of all-time — my loyal best friend, partner, and brother, Guru,"

Guru was one of those rappers that made you think about situations that was going on with the world that doesnt revolve around death.

I remember hearing some stuff from an old album done by Sway & King Tech "This Or That" that there are two rules that rappers should look into

1) Think about what you are saying on wax (Record) that any rapper will say whatever they want to gain publicity

The second one is something that youtubers have talked about in the past

2) Selling out by jumping into a suits and listening to the label and getting told what to do.

This is where I felt that respected Gang Starr a lor more after hearing that intro on Sway & King Tech's album. What I mean is artists mainly mainstream some of them will say anything they want to get attention and make it in the industry. Thats where I learned the word Beef and how artists would compete with each other.

Im going off topic

Guru you will be missed, may you rest in peace, my heart goes out to his family, friends, DJ Premier and Solar who lost a great person.

Here is a selection of my favourite Guru/Gang Starr videos including a freestyle he did with FaithSFX someone that NSG knows.

I will like to say Guru you will be missed by a lot of people that you have influenced with your music and thanks for making me understand that life should be something important and not think about death when I was teenager.

This track dropped onto Youtube yesterday and it was a track done by BOB featuring Eminem & Hayley Williams from Paramore. This is a great track that is about imaging if they were thinking about what could happen.

I may include Hip Hop tracks more in the future for my blogs. Take it easy everyone and have a great night.


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