Uploaded on May 11, 2009
Had to upload this one; the only white-made (lyrically speaking) hip hop I can recommend people to bump. Peace and Respect to Macklemore for speaking on this, and with us.
Update: A whole lot of people are getting on my case for the above description, I replied to one spirited individual and will post it here for those who are so appalled at my statement.
I saw your comment on the Macklemore vid. Apart from my schedule being hectic, I was not aware you were expecting a reply - please excuse that.
When I write that 'this is the only white-made hip-hop I can recommend' it seems a lot of people take that as a negative statement about other white hip-hop artists music. That is an asinine assumption. What it means isn't anymore elaborate than me having listened to very little of the hip-hop out there that the white community produces. I admit I am possibly remiss for this.
I do listen to some hip-hop that isn't produced by my Afrikan people, but I wouldn't recommend all of it. I'm not sure if Non-Phixion falls under 'white' but I bump them quite a lot - but I'm not sure I'd recommend them. However, Brother Ali, Necro and Ill Bill are competent and accomplished lyricists on a par with a lot of others out there that I find touch on subjects worthwhile talking about in my spare time. You will notice that I did not mentioned them in the video.
Just because I did not mention them here does not mean that I put them down - it just means I put forward a certain sentiment about a certain song (this one being Mack's song).
We could go into semantics and establish that me using the word 'only' when communicating what kinds of white made hip-hop I recommend is a very tactless remark and even offensive to some. I can apologize for that.
But it was the content of this song, and the spirit in which the artist chose to approach the issue and so humbly communicated his support and understanding of Afrikan plight that spurred me to make a video of this song and share it on the net. I don't know other songs from the white community that might make me react the same way. Slick lyrics, tight production and metaphors become childs play when next to a song dealing with real life, complex issues in a non-conspiratory, affective way - that applies to all artists regardless of the shade of their skin.
I do hope this explanation has shed some light on your question, if you have anymore you can just ask.
Finally, let me thank you for your inquiry and your spirit. It is clear that your interest in hip-hop goes well beyond the superficial affection we see in most consumers today. Out of respect, may I ask the name and heritage of the person asking? In these days where hip-hop has become more disingenuous than even rap at times, I am glad to see that many of us still have heart enough to ask the hard question and demands answers.
- Brother Chimaobi