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Bey & Jay, T.I. & Tiny, and Chrissy & Jim are arguably three of the current most popular hip-hop couples out. But in case some of you have been living under a rock, they aren’t the only ones. Here are a few more couples who are part of the real Love & Hip-Hop crew…
From the days of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message,” hip hop has been a tool for folks to express their views on society’s ills, from poverty to politics. As hip-hop has gone from a musical genre to a culture, the number of rappers speaking their minds has increased tremendously, as have the levels of influence these folks have over their audiences. Is this a good thing though? Check out some of the most loudly political rappers and decide who gets your vote.
We don’t think Chuck D would ever have imagined that his politically conscious music would make its way into Kmart ads but there it is, in plain sight; the Public Enemy tune “Harder Than You Think” accompanying Kmart’s new campaign entitled “Money Can’t Buy Style.” The marketing approach is a far cry from the store’s usual advertising tactics and this campaign apparently uses real people to convey emphasis on personal style and individualism.
The choice of Public Enemy to accompany the campaigns is a bold one, since the rap group, which is fronted by Chuck D and Flavor Flav, is better known for its controversial and black-empowerment themes which they popularized in the late 80s and 90s. At the same time, a bold move is just what Kmart needed to bring attention to its potential as a source of style. It certainly caught our attention.
Kmart hasn’t had as much success as its competitor Target or even Kohl’s in appealing to stylistas, this new campaigns shows that it is more serious about branding itself as a fashion destination.
What do you think? Is this a good look for Kmart?
(Guardian) — MIA last year outlined to the Observer her earnest beliefs that Facebook and Google were creations of the CIA, and that during her adolescence, the London borough of Tower Hamlets had been flooded with heroin on the instructions of its local MP, with a view to pacifying the local Bengali population. This is a common conspirazoid trope: the powers that claim to protect us are actually seeking to destroy us. Chuck D of Public Enemy has claimed both in song (Race Against Time) and on stage (more than once) that the World Health Organisation is, in fact, engaged in the propagation of racially targeted biological warfare. This was, granted, a while ago now, and Chuck’s sporadic blog on Public Enemy’s website is generally more sensible, but just as excitable conspiracy-mongers in days of yore used to send journalists interminable letters in green ink, so Chuck’s website adheres to the equivalent contemporary trope of publishing in white writing on a black background for maximum eye-strain.
(AllHipHop) — I really don’t know what constitutes for “relevant” coverage in HIP-HOP news in America these days, but I really want to give you all a heads up. As you know I’ve been through three passports, 76 countries on the regular in the name of Hip-Hop since 1987 and in 2010, although I’ve never stopped traveling the earth this year, I’ve seen, heard and felt some new things. As far as RAP and HIP-HOP, it’s like USA Olympic basketball, the world has parity now and have surpassed the USA in ALL of the basic fundamentals of HIP-HOP – TURNTABLISM, BREAKING, GRAFFITI, and now EMCEEING with succinct mission , meaning and skill. Skill-wise rappers spitting three languages, have created super rappers to move the crowd with intensity and passion. The “arrogant” American comes in blackface, but if there was a HIP-HOP or Rap Olympics, I really don’t think the United States would get Gold, Silver or Brass or even A$$ for that sake.
(The Sydney Morning Herald) — Albums are very last century to Chuck D. As is record-company power. The rhyme-animal from Public Enemy, who helped shape the foundation stone of hip-hop, has moved on from both, having spent the past decade immersed in cyberspace, building online communities outside corporate governance. “My joy over the last 12 years [firstly] has been in the digital forefront, seeing some of the big monster [companies] being levelled down to planet Earth,” he says. “[Secondly], building portals on the web . . . seeing that there’s a world connected beyond the power and the corporations of radio stations and TV.” “But you have other artists who have not been so fortunate because of the lack of infrastructure, so I built hiphopgods.com . . . So if someone like Dana Dane or a Digital Underground comes out with a single, they don’t have to go through the whole bureaucracy.”
By Brittany Hutson
The connection between hip-hop and politics has gotten significant media attention as a result of the election of President Obama, but the two have always been linked. With Wyclef who tried to put his bid in for the Haitian presidency and Rhymefest running for City Counsel in Chicago, TAP wanted to play around with the question: “if hip-hoppers ran the country, who would they be?” For fun, TAP, along with hip-hop journalist and professor Davey D and Lester Spence, an assistant professor and author of the upcoming book, Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics, came up with a list of artists who we believe to have particular qualities that would complement an executive position. Would these candidates get your vote?