My daughter’s ballet recital yesterday featured music by Ying Yang Twins, 50 cent, and Moby. It was not that long ago that each of these acts were underground.
This is a topic Dare blogged recently; calling out his favorite dirty south acts. I’ve followed the evolution of dirty south music since Master P and Silk da Shocker through 3-6 Mafia and onward. I guess it was around DJ Skrew that the “sizzup” culture started to get integrated into the music; and it’s been amazing to see a totally fresh and creative new branch of the art develop from that. I think the stuff around 3-6 Mafia time now looks pretty lame in comparison to what’s out today; but that’s just because the stuff out today is so good.
In addition to the songs Dare mentions, I think Jim Jones & Juelz Santana “Crunk Muzik” is a great introduction to state of the artform today. The music is so different and fresh, you’ve never heard anything like it. And it is really, really good; you wonder how it wasn’t invented before now. As long as mankind can keep channeling brand-newworks of pure genious like this, you know the world is all right. The lyrics are nice, too:
“You know what the movements like
You know how we movin’, right
Move, cause we in the mood to fight”
I think the current Pistons vs. Spurs NBA championship has some parallels to the current music industry. Detroit has to take notice when Atlanta and Texas start dominating the hip-hop charts. I’m still not quite sure how Houston went from being the land of a million bottlebags to being a leader in urban culture, but it’s a welcome change.