Diggin’ in the Crates: A Dr. Dre Production

I’ve been sitting on this radio.blog for a while now because I’ve had radio.blogger’s block. It’s not that I couldn’t think of anything to post, it’s that I had too many ideas floating around in my head. At least now I have some good ideas for next year.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite Dr. Dre produced tracks. This was very difficult for me to pare down from the initial 35 tracks I ripped. But I think it’s a good representation of the man’s skills. It’s got everything from a track from his “lipstick & lace” days to some D.O.C. (damn he was nice) to NWA, Snoop and of course tracks from the Chronic. That ‘album’ is my all-time favorite hip-hop album. It stayed in my car’s CD player for over a year straight. It happened to come out right around the time when I moved from Los Angeles to Atlanta. I used to play it to remind me of home. I especially loved the tracks that talked about the L.A. uprising. Ahhh. L.A…

BTW, I came across this list of the top hip-hop producers/M.C.s the other day. Dre comes in at a respectable #6, which isn’t bad considering all the hating that goes on about his rapping skills.

Honey’s doing her thing again. This time with her Top 25 Songs of 2004 Radio.Blog. The woman’s got great taste in music.

Xzibit: ‘Rap Needs a Message’

Here’s a good article/interview with your boy X-to-the-Z. A snippet:

“What I miss is a time when hip-hop music had integrity; there was some kind of message,” he says. “Not in all the music, because it’s not for that, but there was at least something that got through that had some content that was sensible and positive, not just hooky junk-food rap.” You can’t help but be reminded that Xzibit has a nine-year-old son, who must cause him to be more thoughtful about his pronouncements. “We have kids that listen to hip-hop by the millions and they listen to us more than they listen to their parents, their teachers and politicians. So if the only thing we’re doing is selling them clothes and making them have sex, what are we preparing them for?”

Xzibit names the artists that had attracted him to hip-hop: Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers and A Tribe Called Quest. Not that he necessarily wants a return to some mythical golden age of politicised, didactic rhymers. He believes artists should express their own points of view rather than rely on clichés. “If your reality is get up, drink, smoke, fuck ho’s all day, then say that, but not everyone does that,” he says. “I want to hear other points of view.”

It’s good to see XZibit come up the way he has although I don’t know about doing those deodorant commercials. Isn’t that what led up to the Red & Meth show? 🙂

Six Apart Addresses Comment Spam Issues

There’s some important information MovableType’s blog about Movable Type creating server load issues when dealing with comment spam. It contains some tips for lessening your server load while Six Apart readies a patch. I’m glad to hear that Siz Apart is on this because I was really getting worried after reading ‘MT Plus Comment Spam Equals Dead Site‘ the other day.

Yes, Black English is a Dialect! Argh!!!!

There are a couple of very interesting threads about ‘Ebonics’ (African-American Vernacular English – AAVE) over at Oliver Willis’ blog – “Acting White” & RealityI Be Talking Good, Yo. It never ceases to amaze me how people, Oliver included, can assume that AAVE has no rules. Believe me, you can speak AAVE improperly. Many of those commenters, and Oliver, seem incredulous that AAVE is an actual dialect of standard American English. Well damn, if linguists say it’s a dialect it’s a damn dialect. For those commenter that keep asking for an AAVE book as proof that it’s a dialect, you can borrow my reader from my 1989 Stanford Linguistics 73 (Black English) course taught by Professor J.R. Rickford. (Plenty of books for you there.)

As for the rest of the discussion, I think we all can agree that people need to speak proper English for job interviews and the like.

(Via P6)

P.S. “Do You Speak American?” should be required viewing for all involved in those threads!

P.P.S. I see that Dean has written an excellent piece supporting the uncontrovertible fact that Black English is a valid language/dialect.

Who’s Rolling to SXSW 2005?

I’ve been wanting to hit SXSW (South By SouthWest) for a couple of years now, more so for the music than the interactive portion. But after my talk with Terry Frazier the other day and the fact that they’re having a “Blogging while Black” session this year, I’m considering going. I can hear the conversation at that ‘Black blogging’ seminar now — “I-I-I’m not a Black blogger… I’m a blogger who happens to be Black!…” 😉 And the kickball game looks like big fun!