28: Hip Hop (ya don’t stop)


We ain’t no joke.


Don’t you ever wonder why half of the hip-hop songs begin with some dude loudly bellowing out a place name? “Brooklyn!” “North Carolina! Put yo hands up!” Well, when we’re talking about popular musical forms firmly rooted in place, there is no better place to go than the deep, storied, and cartoonishly commercialized world of hip-hop.

It grew, pretty categorically, out of the Bronx in the late 60’s and early 70’s and took all of two decades to basically own the popular music landscape, so who’s to say that place doesn’t matter when you’ve got (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5) MCs and one DJ (or two)? Many of us grew up fondly(?) remembering an era when they loudly bragged about shooting each other, depending on which coast they were from.

If any of you ever meet Ice Cube or Dr. Dre, $100 to whomever shows them this photo.

This week, our buddy Fernando joins us to talk about the ever-changing geographical face of hip-hop, the genre that constantly battles (verbally and metaphorically) over authenticity, representation, and in the case of Lil Jon, DRAAAAANK! WHAT! And you best believe we freestyle here, too. By “freestyle” I mean go off on tangents about hip-hop coming from all over the world, our own experiences getting into it over the years, and drawing the ideological parallels between hip-hop and punk music. This was a fun time.

Produced by Tyler S. for Sonic Geography
Theme Song: “The Face of the Earth” by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Featured:
Mos Def – “Hip Hop”
Bliss n Eso – “Eye of the Storm”
Jurassic 5 – “Improvise”
Atmosphere – “Get Fly”
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars – “Young, Wild, and Free”