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No More Nigga

Nothing pleases and passifies Logan so immediately and completely these days as listening to Cypress Hill: Black Sunday and watching the psychedelic visualizations in full screen mode on the Windows Media Player. When my IBM Thinkpad when kaput, it took with it my modest MP3 collection. At present, Black Sunday holds the lonely position of sole album on my hard drive.

Lara just told me that yesterday morning, when Logan came down stairs after listening to the album she heard, mixed into his stream of babble, the word "nigga." Given that we're about to move to Arkansas, where he's likely to hear that word in a very different context, Lara doesn't want Logan listening to Cypress Hill.

So, I've tuned into a hip hop internet radio station in search of a "cleaner" alternative. We don't have broadband, so the signal cuts in and out. It doesn't play thru the Windows Media Player, so no visualizations, and... AND, listening to Act Too (the Love of My Life) by the Roots, I just heard the word "Nigga."

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tragemorph
May. 19th, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
I see what you mean, but really- if you don't want Logan to hear the word "nigga," you may as well not play hip-hop around him at all. Of course not all hip-hop tracks have the word, but- still, come on.

It's just like how, if you don't want your kid to ever hear the words "shit" or "fuck" it really doesn't make sense to leave HBO on all the time.
kmo
May. 19th, 2003 10:47 pm (UTC)
Nigga/Nigger
I don't have any objection to Logan hearing or saying "nigga" in the context of hip hop. I agreed, at first, to stop letting him Listen to Cypress Hill to satisfy concerns expressed by my wife, but after my futile attempt to find a sterile substitute that still featured the rythms that entrance Logan, I decided that he can listen to whatever music he wants.

What's more, Black Sunday is on my hard drive because I like it. I don't plan to swear it off or only listen to it thru head phones.

In Arkansas, Logan will hear the word "nigger" from my grandparents and from kids on neighboring farms. I'll need to work out an explanation concerning the difference between "nigga" and "nigger."
sutut
May. 21st, 2003 09:24 am (UTC)
Wal-Mart?
Last night I played with the visualization on Windows Media Player, too:-) The "Randomnization" is awesome, for it seems to scan the music ahead and base the next pattern on the tempo of the music. Listened to Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans. The thing tried to access the internet this time, but I let my firewall block it.

Recent discussion from the RV thing. Wal-Mart will sell 'sterelized' versions of such music, usually without the artist's knowledge or consent, but bring in enough $ the record company doesn't sue.

Personally, I loathe rap and hip hop music. To me, it seems like commercial glorification of a degenerate situation without any true 'message' in the music. Way back, it was the only thing I heard, the only other choice being country music which (being from a western state) I was sick of.

Some songs:

One about feelings for the ladies:
"So what about the B--- that got shot/
"Man, F--- her/
"I don't give a D--- about no B---/
"I ain't a sucker!

Another one about the importance of sharing in a relationship:
"If you ride in my truck,
"B---, we're gonna F---

A classic about favored positions:
"Heads down, A-- up,
"That's the way we love to F---

Of course, any complaints about such music are met at least with charges of racism. It's enough to make other musicians turn green with envy.

Ever heard, saw the video "Pretty Fly for a White Guy"? That's a good song and the video gets me laughing big time. It brutally mocks white people who like rap/hip hop culture enough to emulate it. To put things in perspective, it came out when that stuff hit the big mainstream, so most of the money coming in was from more affluent people from the suburbs (mainly white) buying the CD's. About TEN YEARS before the internet and computer power made it possible to download songs on Napster. At that time, the Rapsters whined that their own core audience was ruining them by buying $3 re-recorded tapes, as opposed to going in a store and paying full retail price in an impoverished area. Of course, the 'whitey kid from suburbia' simply went to the record store that he could afford. In short, they mocked the people that poured in the real money to give them true financial rewards for their music.

Funny, in perspective. William Shatner still gets burned in effigey (or so I've heard) for his "Get a life!" joke on Saturday Night Live years back.
kmo
May. 21st, 2003 07:37 pm (UTC)
Kill Whitey!


> Recent discussion from the RV thing. Wal-Mart will sell 'sterelized'
> versions of such music, usually without the artist's knowledge or
> consent, but bring in enough $ the record company doesn't sue.

I will provide Walmart with no financial reenforcement for that reprehensible behavior.

> Personally, I loathe rap and hip hop music. To me, it seems like
> commercial glorification of a degenerate situation without any true
> 'message' in the music.

Of course, as with any such stereotype, while you can find plenty of vile confirmation for it, glorious counter-examples await your discovery. As in any pond, the scum rises to the surface, so, for the most part, you won't find the good stuff on MTV or on commercial radio.

> Some songs:
>
> One about feelings for the ladies: "So what about the B--- that got
> shot/ "Man, F--- her/ "I don't give a D--- about no B---/ "I ain't a
> sucker!

NWA: Straight Outa Compton! -- THE ARCHETYPAL gangster rap album. I have a very soft spot in my heart for that album, though every time I put it on I end up skipping around for the few choice tracks, "Fuck the Police" standing head and shoulders above the rest. Brilliant!

> Of course, any complaints about such music are met at least with charges
> of racism.

Anything other than total aquiescence to pure Politically Correct thought and speech will bring charges of racism/homophobia/misogeny from the fanatical academic quarter. If you never get called a racist I'd take it as a sign that you don'
sutut
May. 22nd, 2003 12:26 am (UTC)
That reminds me
There is one "Rap" album I liked incredibly well, Ice-T's infamous "Cop Killer" album. However, it's only called 'Rap' because of association. It sounds closer to "Anarchist speed-thrash metal" for the most part.

IMHO, it got put down and banned as much as for the title, as for it's other content, namely the call for social change via EXTREME anti-racism.

Most "PC" thought is technicly guilt/counter-racist. That is, vehemently anti-KKK stuff, but tolerant or even pro racism from 'non-white' races. The sort of malarkey that asks for 'reparations' for slavery is in this category. Some indians I know would LOVE this door being opened at last. (mayhap I should write the queen and ask for lands stolen and titles removed from my ancestors in Ireland?)

kmo
May. 22nd, 2003 01:32 am (UTC)
Get me on da gravvy train
The Ice-T album you mention is actually an album by a project rock band of his called Body Count. The content of that song pales in comparison to stuff on his other albums, but the title attracted police attention and police unions put the pressure on Time/Warner to drop Ice-T from their record label, which they did. He then started his own label and laughed all the way to the bank.

Check out the lyrics on the opening track of his first album released under his own lable.

You'd besta let me rap
Ice back on the streets?
You don't want that
Cause I'll break ill
And you'll really
have to body count
the cops I'll kill!


BTW, KMO stands for Kevin Michael O'Connor. If Queen E responds favorably to the request for the return of stolen Irish lands, put in a good word for me.
sutut
May. 22nd, 2003 10:08 am (UTC)
Letters to the Queen
>BTW, KMO stands for Kevin Michael O'Connor. If Queen E responds
>favorably to the request for the return of stolen Irish lands, put
>in a good word for me.

I will:-) However, when (if) I make that request, we'll ALL need the money. (US citizens, anyways) Any "Reparations" would likely come from a tax increase on this whole country, not a tax increase on descendants of wealthy southerners. Losing ONE Stealth Bomber would buy MANY acres of land and MANY mules, but I doubt the Military would allow that... Not me, nor any of my kin had any part in the slave trade. Matter of fact, it seems more like the British PRACTICED on our ancestors long before they set sights on black people.

Somehow, I think if I did write that letter, and I did get a favorable response, things might turn out whacked anywyas. My mom told me that I have "Black Irish" roots, from pre-potato famine days. These had more to do with political exile. That means I'd likely get a plot of land on and around the burnt out ruins of a castle, and likely the ire of the farmer who plants crops around it.
pcitizen
May. 23rd, 2003 06:06 pm (UTC)
WTF? FYI...
Ever heard, saw the video "Pretty Fly for a White Guy"? [...] To put things in perspective, it came out when that stuff hit the big mainstream, [...] About TEN YEARS before the internet and computer power made it possible to download songs on Napster.


Ummmm... "P.F.f.a.W.G." came out in November, 1998, on The Offspring's Americana... just two months before Shawn Fanning quit school to work on Napster. FYI...
kmo
May. 23rd, 2003 06:14 pm (UTC)
Change my pitch up...
Ah, memory.

hardcorae
May. 22nd, 2003 08:15 am (UTC)
The best visualization plugin, hands-down, is Milkdrop for Winamp 2. It's smooth, goes perfectly with the music, and always does something new. I seriously can't get enough of it.

http://classic.winamp.com/

http://classic.winamp.com/plugins/browse.jhtml;$sessionid$2GBLCBXPMHAFFTN241GBC0Q

Just thought I'd share. :)
kmo
May. 23rd, 2003 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing.
I'll check it out.
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