I usually don't write these type of rant emails, but I've gotta let this out!!!!!!!! I've been djing for 10 years, now. I started when Hip hop was at it's prime with great records by A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, Brand Nubian, Digable Planets, Black Sheep, Main Source, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Gangstarr, and Common Sense. Now, only Common and De La Soul is still around to only minor success. What is shoved down people's throats on the radio, tv, and commercials is bullsh*t like Nelly, Ja Rule, Cash Money allstars, Jay-Z, Ludacris, P. Diddy, DMX, and R&B/ Hip Hop crossovers Jagged Edge, J- Lo, Ashanti, Eve, etc. It's makes sick and saddened by the state of so- called urban music. The only thing saving it is stuff like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, MusiQ SoulChild, Bilal, Maxwell, Dwele, Bahamadia, usually gets lost in the shuffle. Underground hip hop acts like Jurassic 5, Mosef, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Quannum, Solesides/ Blackalicious, People under the stairs, Def Jux artists, still plug away trying to make obscure beats and frenetic rhymes never getting the respect they deserve. Black music (jazz, soul, and funk) of 60's & 70's had purpose which were either political, conciousness, spirituality, and just GOOD VIBES. What happened to the SOUL in the U.S. I hear more in house artists like Osunlade, MAW, Blaze, Roy Davis Jr., Chriss Brann/Ananda Project/ P'taah, Basement Boys/ Charles Dockins, Maurice Fulton, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Kevin Yost, Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, and Mateo & Matos.
In the U.K., Drum & Bass and UK Garage has continued to keep urban music on the streets, but there is crap like So Solid Crew, Heartless crew, Pay as you go crews that rip off the bling bling materialistic aspects and guntalk popularised by US rap groups. Drum & bass has seen some great lp's like Newforms (Roni Size's Reprazent), Colours (Adam F.), John B., and Hospital artists like High Contrast and Danny Byrd. Some great 2-step/ Garage has been filtering through like Tempa/ Shelflife/ Texture/ Hospital/ Locked On/ Sirkus, artists like Horsepower, Nude, El-B, Zed Bias/ Maddslinky/ Phuturistix, Landslide, Roxy, Darqwan, J da Flex, etc. But it's only the crap dominating all three scenes.
It's been great that both Nu- jazz and Broken beat have been putting out equally amazing records since '97, (when the Acid Jazz scenes ran out of gas). Artists like 4 Hero, King Britt, Jazzanova, Truby Trio, United Future Organization, Kruder & Dorfmeister have continued to reinvent themselves to exciting brand new music. There's been some brilliant cross pollenization from the Broken Beat and 2-step scenes to much success like Phuturistix/Maddslinky, Landslide, KV5, Sequel, Soul Electric, Zest, Cousin Cockroach, Seiji, Afronaught's "Shapin' Fluid", New Sector Movement's "The Sun", I.G. Culture's mix of Julie Dexter's of "The Plan", and even Jazzanova's remix of Incognito's Get into my groove.
You can see what I mean.
But, I really hope we can change the music formats on Radio & TV. We sure had agood thing going with internet radio. Nu-jazz/ Broken beat was definitely on the ball with that one until those ridiculous copyright laws took over, messing up internet radio in the U.S.
Great shows like On the corner, Beta Lounge, Soul Rebel Radio, Broke & Beat radio, SoulStrut, Dublab, Flaresound, KCRW's Chocolate City & Blueprint, were good doses of U.S. soulful intenet radio
Now, people Jazzanova, Vikter Duplaix, 4 hero, our ready for serious mainstream domination. Let's hope the people are ready for intelligent SOULFUL music.
Anyone else have comments on 21st century urban music?????
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