What the Wu?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2014/03/26/why-wu-tang-will-release-just-one-copy-of-its-secret-album/

Within the confinements of a container that took 3 months to be hand crafted will be the 1 of 1 copy of Wu Tangs latest album which is supposedly going to sell for for multi millions of dollars. Personally the only person now who would even buy that is prob Dr.Dre and his 3.2 billion dollars. Some members of the group have actually split up becasue of the route that the Rza who is in charge of the album is taking it.

Dre Day Pay Day

http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2014/05/09/apples-3-2b-beats-buy-would-make-dre-raps-richest-man/

Amazing to see raps first billionaire, Dr.Dre, a world famous producer and the man behind the beats by dre headphones which are widely popular. The price Apple paid for the company was a staggering 3.2 billion dollars. This purchase by Apple moves Dr.Dre among the top of the raps most “ballin” list for the next few years, something tells me Diddy is on his way to.

Top Rap Producers

http://www.complex.com/music/2013/09/best-rap-producers/

This article found on complex.com gives us a quick overview of the most relevant and “hottest” producers out now. Some are the same faces such as kanye and Pharell, but then you have the like of Mike Will Made It who was behind Miley Cyrus “Bangers” album and Dj Mustard. His first name ironically is “Dejeon” but thats besides the point, this post is about the up and coming and the best out right now.

Proposal and Bibliography

  • Speak about the history of Producing, the pioneers and the way they changed the genre forever.
  • Why producing is very much so a sub culture of rap.
  • The instruments producers use and how they have changed through out time, and how old instruments can still be used today to make the perfect sounds.
  • Why is the producer not celebrated as much as the artist, why does the producer not get the same recognition.
  • How some producers are both rapping and creating the sound that they’re rapping on
  • How many skills and what type of skills the producer must have, both physically and mentally.
  • The impact some producers have had on todays youth, the schools that are in place to teach producing.
  • Why a growing number of people are wanting to become producers instead of the artist today.

Harlems Rap Greats

http://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/the-25-greatest-harlem-rap-songs-/

Cool article about the greatest rap songs to come out of Harlem. I was going to base my project of of the early 2000’s era of Harlem rap and felt this article really was going to help me out as far as the history and tradtion that Harlem has as far as the genre of rap goes

“Walk This Way” Run DMC cover of Aerosmith’s version

While watching the “Tanning of America” on Vh1 last night they spoke about hip hops influence in American households, culture and politics. And just as rock and roll was on its way out in the 80′s hip hop was barging its way in. The cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” by the rap group Run DMC paved the way for hip hop artist music acceptance into the homes of Americans.

Hip hop started in the mid 70′s in the Bronx during a time of warfare in the borough. Jobs were scarce and in the middle of tough times, the people of the Bronx needed a way to represent the way they lived their lives and their everyday struggle of just trying to get by. From rappers and disk jockeys such as Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J and Run Dmc, the hip hop genre was well on its way to taking over the air waves.

In 1986, Run-DMC was an Adidas-rocking rap group on its way up and Aerosmith a quickly fading rock band that had achieved its peak in the mid-to-late ’70s was on its way out. So what does this have to do with hip hop? Arguably the greatest cover of a rock and roll song into hip hop that has ever been made. Originally recorded for 1975′s Toys in the Attic album, the song “Walk This Way” had a great guitar beat that made it easy and fun to jam to. Its smooth and sexually driven lyrics were enticing and made it seem more edgy than the actual men performing it.

“A little more than a decade later when rock and roll seemed to be fading out rather quickly, Run DMC sampled it the smash hit and discovered they can make it hip hop song. A genre smashing video was born. The concept is straightforward: The two bands practice in adjacent studios. Their music is different, but their servitude to the power of the beat is the same. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler busts through that wall, and a new partnership is formed. What’s it matter the type of music as long as it thrills the ears and compels the hips? Yes, it’s literal, but everyone who watched this video got the message loud and clear.”

. Over the years hip hop gained popularity with many Americans both white and black. Aerosmith “Walk this Way” was a smash hit in 1976. A rock and roll song about a young boy speaking about times he had with girls back in high school. As a big hip hop fan I must say this version, the original, is fine on its own. It has an upbeat tempo, and the tempo is fast. Designed for the listening pleasure of teens at the time I’m assuming, and is still a hit today.

Run DMC change the industry with their cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk this Way”. And when I say cover I mean cover, every word is identical to Aerosmith’s original version. A cover is when one group or artist sings or in this case raps the same song but add a lithe twist to it. It can be different tempo from slow to fast or it can have a different beat from which they sampled the original song but added their own breaks and scratches. And that’s exactly what Run DMC did as well as adding the original artist into the song and video making it seem like a smoother transition of a classic song from rock to hip hop. Just listening to the lyrics being raped instead of sung is mind-blowing. And the sample of the guitar at the end of every verse brings back the sound of the original version of the song. You can help but enjoy the simplicity at the end of every verse with Steven Tyler screaming “walk this way, talk this way”. The integration of black rap group with a white rock group in the 80′s was groundbreaking. Along with a boat load of success with both groups’ careers, the cover of “Walk this way” was an astronomical success in many ways. It gave marketing opportunities to Run DMC via Addis’s and brought almost a whole wardrobe to the hip hop community. And it brought a “white man’s song” into the “new age” black hip hop scene and made it work for everyone to enjoy. Same lyrics, break and the guitar for a split second, add some drums and bass for the hip hop vibe and a worldwide smash hit was created…again.