The Low End Theory 1.26.13: The 90s Edition
Alright readers, I took a week to look for some new talent in terms of interviews, and I found a bevy of them. So much, in fact, that come next month, it’s gonna be all West Coast all the time! I’m also working on a new look for The Low End among other things. Let’s keep this thing short, cuz I got dinner to cook for a lil lady named Yvette!
Video of the Week
A buncha dudes and Hopsin – Funk Volume 2013
Well shit, GOT DAMN!!
– According to Hit-Boy there is a Nas and Frank Ocean track out there chillin with Dre’s Detox album.
– I saw Love and Hip Hop for the first time and Joe Budden cried. I don’t ever want to see Joe Budden cry again….not never.
– Chief Keef has been signed to a reported $6 million dollars. Proving that even the dumbest of the dumb can become famous in this world
– Fabolous claims he was never offended by Lil Wayne’s anti-New York statements only his skinny jeans.
HAVOC SPEAKS ON THE NEED FOR CHANGE
Recently, Havoc of Mobb Deep had a conversation with Converse Rubber Tracks that touched on hip hop in the 90’s – a great time in hip hop. After talking about his start in hip hop as an MC, he turned his focus towards the difference between then and now, particularly how albums used to be considered “a special event” and no longer are.
“The ‘90s was something that’s indescribable. It’s almost like a family thing. Looking back on it now, you miss those times because it was more effort put into the music. The music was album-orientated. Now, it’s just single-orientated. Now, it’s so many producers out there, music is just like that. It’s not really a special event anymore. Not to really criticize the game like that, because it is what it is, whatever. If you want to make money, then OK, you’ll just make these cookie cutter beats. But if you want to stand out and just leave your mark on the world, you’ll make something that sounds different and take a risk. No risk, no reward.”
No risk, no reward. This shit really spoke to me, because if we actually take a look back, the differences between the 90’s and today’s hip hop is astounding. This column is based heavily off of the influences of the 90’s, and I find myself struggling weekly on the content of the column. Not because I don’t want to write, but simply because there’s nothing interesting out there anymore. How many different ways can I say that Nicki Minaj sucks or Lil Wayne needs to change? Then something like this comes out, and there’s a glimmer of hope. Havoc is spot on with his sentiment. Simply put, the 90’s were just more visceral. Somewhere along the line, commercialism took over and it changed.
Hip Hop has always been shunned as a lesser known evil, but that was part of its charm. The familial aspect behind it meant for a tighter knit relationship between MC’s and fans, DJ’s and B-Boys. Today, the dynamic is completely different and it’s sad. This isn’t a blanket statement over the entirety of hip hop because we all know I loved me some Kendrick, and Eminem has taken over a better part of my hip hop life as savior – but still, by and large there is a different feeling all together in hip hop that has really damaged what it originally meant, and I find that unfortunate. Truthfully, the focal point of this column has always been to bring to you guys an old-school feel with a bit of the new new sprinkled in. As time progresses though, I find myself wanting to focus more and more on the past than on the future.
I’ve never been too big on Mobb Deep, or Havoc as a single artist, but the truth speaks loudly, and I can’t help but take notice. I ask you, readers, what’s one thing you miss from hip hop in the 90’s?
Your Turn: Share your memories – if any – of hip hop in the 90’s
Douche of the Week is typically dedicated to those in the Hip-Hop world but there’s a few characters who are just too great of candidates that we have t drag them in. This week we look to the world of comedy as our favorite ambassador of ratchetness, Katt Williams continues his journey of destruction. Now anyone who’s logged onto TMZ in the past few months knows that Katt Williams is more likely making news for his antics than rather his jokes. This time the self-proclaimed P-I-M-P out-douched himself by stealing an SUV. After reading that last sentence did you just envision a little tiny Black man with a perm hopping into a truck and speeding off the car lot? It’s okay if you did… I did so myself when hearing the story. But actually the incident began a little more innocently than that. Katt agreed to pay a man $7,500 for a used 10-year-old SUV and failed to complete the transaction. Who loans a car out without receiving the funds is a new concept to myself. I mean is that what’s really going down in the streets? Let even Oprah Winfrey want to cop my wheels I’m still gonna ask that bitch for a down payment. Katt Williams we got to pull it together. You’re so busy causing havoc in the streets that the public are confused in thinking Kevin Hart is actually a funny comedian.
– Joseph Paige Jr.
Naughty by Nature – Feel My Flow
When you hear em, you know em. Naughty By Nature was one of the first rap groups I knew of due to my uncles. “O.P.P.,” “Hip Hop Hooray,” “Uptown Anthem,” and of course this song were all on heavy rotation when I was growing up and although I didn’t understand more than half of what the Jersey trio were saying, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the infectious beats and stressed syllables. Treach, Vin Rock, and DJ Kay Gee all played a vital role in the rise of popular rap, as their songs surpassed the group’s popularity in some cases. Perhaps most interesting is how long these guys lasted outside of their offset album. Both their third and fourth albums hit #1, and they become continuously prominent in film soundtracks.
“Feel My Flow” is off of their fourth album, and has just Treach rapping over the entirety of the song. Dropping in 95, I wouldn’t say this was at the height of their popularity, but it was still a solid track then and now. Although Naughty by Nature had a falling out, they were most recently spotted in Jersey doing a small performance. As singles artists (or duos), they didn’t do anywhere as well as they did as Naughty By Nature, but one thing is for sure – these guys have a permanent spot in the annals of Hip Hop History.
The Low End Theory Team
“Driven” – By Tony Acero
“Through the Looking Glass” – By Tony Acero
|Crystal “Hope” De La Piedra
|Joseph Paige Jr.
|That SOB Kenji