GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION
Got this video by Cham "Hip Hop Police", it’s been out for a while, but its one my favorites this year. The song is produced by Jonathan Rotem, he is done a number of trax for big heads. The best part about him is, he is South African! (Pull ya right sleeve up!). If you've been following rap from waaaay back then you must know one of the best story tellers that ever did it. Slick Rick. He is featured on the trak but I felt he wasnt given enough room. The video starts with a humorous skit that goes like
Police: There is alot metal on your neck boy!
Look like u looking for trouble
Cham: No I kna' nobody named trouble mayne
Police: dont try to smart talk me boy, I aint ya mama,
N U, shut up! n pull them pants up! (To Chams colleague)
Hey, aintchu that Chamillion that guy?
Aint he Chamillion that guy? (To his partner)
Cham: In the flesh mayne!
Police: I know U, U been makin them police songs,
am not a fan, last song was pretty big.
Howz this one gon b?
Police: You just called me a nigger!?
Cham: What! nah mayne u trippin I said bigger mayne. This dude's trippin mayne
Police: U just called me nigger boy
Cham: BIGGER! BIGGER!
The song is basically about people who love to talk shit about Hip Hop. If you are in anyway associated with Hip Hop then you are guilty of “murder”. . Murder in this instance was used as a metaphor like Common did with "I Used to love her" He used this to fight the stereotype that rap is about crime and being G. See the evidence collected?
“In the car we confiscated The Chronic and The Clipse
Diary that you had and all your Blueprints
On the Death Row booklet”
The chronic here being Dre's albums, the Clipse Idont have to explain. The Blueprints offcourse referring to KRS' and JayZ'. Do I have to tell you Death Row? In the skit above you can also note the heavy hypocrisy of the police. "Last song was big, howz this one gon b?" Thats the definition of .......
Another thing about this video is that guy reading the news. He’s an obvious parody of Bill O'Reilly one of the best known hip hop police. I just wish that Kenyan Videos would be creative to that level. I however love the concept of Ukoo Flani Mau Mau’s 'All over the world'.
Hip Hop in Kenya has its police too. The other day I saw some guyz on TV calling on the Government to ban the genre alongside Reggae. How are you going to ban a culture? How myopic can you be? They should know Hip Hop is bigger than they can imagine. Imagine there was no Def Jam? to quote Dre. Then you yakety yak about baning something u ain't got a clue about apart from 50's 'lollipop'
On some other fronts, the dumbest thing I've heard lately was blubbered by one Esther Kahumbi a reporter with KTN doing a story about a fire in some slum somewhere in Lunga Lunga. Here is what she said "An electric fault was ruled out as the cause of the fire as the area is not connected with power!"