Life After Death

Someone somewhere once said that all good things must come to end…I think that’s what they said, don’t hold me to it.

Anyways, when that someone somewhere was talking about good things coming to an end I doubt that the subject they were referring to was rap music but they might as well have been.

Christopher Wallace, better known by his rapper pseudonym The Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie Smalls), was only 21 years old when he released his debut album Ready To Die in 1994 to critical acclaim. Biggie was well on his way to superstardom in the music industry until his life was cut short on March 9th, 1997 at the young age of 24.

Biggie’s second and final album was released on March 25th, 1997. The posthumous album title Life After Death (eerie right?!) sold close to 700,000 copies after its first week of being released. Considered one of the best hip-hop albums of all-time the album lives up and stays true to its name; even after his death Biggie’s album was able to reach critical success selling over 10,000,000 million copies and reaching Diamond certification.

Biggie’s words and thoughts, through his music, have stood the test of time. Even though Biggie is no longer alive, by listening to his music and hearing his words you can easily get a sense for the type of person Christopher Wallace was. I can only hope for the same of my words.

Our Culture’s Different will be coming to an end. In the few short months that I have been running OCD I’ve come to learn that I’m a better writing than I am a speaker. I always know what I want to say but I can never seem to convey my thoughts when I speak; this blog allowed me to express my thoughts. I can only hope that my thoughts stand the test of time even if Our Culture’s Different is no longer around.

Our Culture’s Different. I hope my words, thoughts, and experiences brought some insight.

 

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From Rags To A Livable Income

It’s crazy but nowadays I swear that everyone wants to be a rapper. And why not right…you get to drive fancy cars; you get to wear the latest and expensive clothes; you are constantly tripping over beautiful women every time you walk around your big mansion; and best of all you get the chance to annoy people by telling them about how much money you have…being a rapper sounds great doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to be rich and famous?

That’s where the misinformed have it all wrong

A lot of rappers, even ones that are successful and by success I mean making a living off of music, are neither rich nor famous. To really be defined as a famous rapper you have to be a mainstream rapper (have a top 40 hit) and what is considered rich is up to anyone’s interpretation.

Having a career as a rapper does not always mean that one day you will be famous and it certainly does not always mean you will end up making Diddy money.

There are a lot of rappers that are making a living off of just their music but they are still not in the mainstream spotlight. Great examples of this are rappers Tech N9ne and King Chip, formally known as Chip Tha Ripper.

Tech N9ne is successful; he does not have a lot of mainstream notoriety but he sure does have a lot of money. King Chip is not on any Forbes’ list of hip-hop cash kings and it is safe to say that he is not a mainstream rapper, he is however successful. In an interview with Karmaloop TV Chip stated that, “I’ve been supporting myself for the last 7 years off my voice. I ain’t had a job in 7 years”.

I myself have in the past pursued a music career in the rap industry and I’ll keep it real with you: It’s takes A LOT of hard work, dedication, time, and of course money.

If you’re thinking of pursuing a career as a rapper I’m not here to try and s*** on your dreams I’m just being honest with you:

You WON’T BE GAURENTEED fame
You WON’T BE GAURENTEED fortune

But that doesn’t, by any means, mean you won’t be successful.

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Looking To The Past

Hey. I’m Dave. Nice to meet you.

My buddy Clxxf (better known as the author of this blog) was kind enough to allow me to contribute a little to Our Culture’s Different. I’m planning on getting him a thank you card or something. He’s a really swell guy.

Hopefully he doesn’t regret it.

Just so you’re in the know, I maintain my own hip-hop blog titled Half-Day Hip-Hop. You should check it out, when you get the chance. I’d appreciate it.

Aside from the societal aspect of the genre, Clxxf has done a great job of keeping you in the know regarding current artists and releases. My job, then, is to throw a few classics your way; Albums and artists that, I feel, are pivotal to any self-respecting hip-hop head’s collection, and important to hip-hops history.

(I don’t have administrative privileges for Our Culture’s Different, so I can’t add pictures. Hopefully Clxxf will help me out in that department.)

A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory

Widely considered to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, The Low End Theory helped to establish and solidify a connection between hip-hop and jazz. This connection, as it would play out, would become a prominent theme for artists making their headway during the “golden age.” As a testament to the legacy of The Low End Theory, Rolling Stone ranked the album 154th on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

 

Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother

Mecca and the Soul Brother is a strong contender for my favorite album ever. Pete Rock and CL Smooth come together here to create a masterful blend of, again, jazz-influenced hip-hop. CL’s vocals are smooth as silk, and Pete Rock’s production is impeccable. Also, this album houses They Reminisce Over You – arguably one of the most well-produced hip-hop tracks in history. Rolling Stone plays wingman here again, naming T.R.O.Y. the 12th greatest hip-hop song of all time.

 

Dr. Dre – The Chronic

Before Dr. Dre became a world-recognized hip-hop producer and mogul, he released his solo debut The Chronic. This album was monumental to the rap world because it helped to popularize gangsta rap and G-Funk to mainstream proportions. It, in a sense, re-defined West Coast hip-hop and helped to demonstrate it’s potential for commercial success by going multi-platinum. Time Magazine has ranked The Chronic as one of the 100 greatest albums of all time.

 

Ultimately, this list is just the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to historic albums and releases. If you haven’t yet listened to any of these projects (shame on you), go do it right now.

I’m serious. Right now. I’ll wait.

Done? Okay, good.

That’s it for me. Thanks for reading, guys. Enjoy your day.

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What I’m Listening To…

Nas x “You’re Da Man”

“Since the project bench with crack in my sock, asleep / I never asked to be top of rap’s elite / Just a ghetto child tryna learn the traps of the streets – Nas”

With the 20th anniversary of his debut album Illmatic just around the corner I’m bumping this track from Nas’s Stillmatic. This is just the song to listen to if you need a little braggadocio or swagger in your step to get you through the day’s grind. Enjoy.

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Childish Gambino – Sweatpants (Video)

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Childish Gambino drops a trippy new video to his record, Sweatpants, directed by Hiro Murai and Larkin Seiple. The record can be seen on last year’s LP, Because Of The Internet.

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Are You Serious?

Ok so I was at work the other day and I had about an hour left in my shift to kill. I decided to check out some rap blogs. I ended up on HipHopDX and ended up discovering Lil Dicky.

Before stumbling across this article I had absolutely no idea who Lil Dicky was. After a quick Google search I was able to find out that Lil Dicky aka David Burd is a white rapper from the suburbs of Philadelphia. I decided to check out his official website and his bio read as following:

“Lil Dicky is the voice of the voiceless. In an era where rap is dominated by racial, social, and economic minorities, LD decided to put the upper-middle class on his frail, Jewish shoulders.

The results have been monumental. His debut mixtape, So Hard, has been categorized as “funny,” and “impressive” by his friends.

A non-traditional rapper, Lil Dicky uses a mix of comedy, lyrical ingenuity, and self-deprecation to spew out entertaining and relatable content.

When he was 14, he opened up for the R&B group 112 at his overnight camp. He’s been rapping ever since.

Currently, he’s had sex with 4 women, but he’s hoping that number goes up with time, patience, and a positive outlook.

At night, he’ll pee sitting down, due to fatigue.

Join him on his quest to change rap forever.”

After reading his bio I still wasn’t sure what to think of this Lil Dicky guy. After seeing the video below I can easily say that any question I had about Lil Dicky were left unanswered:

The only real question I would have to ask Lil Dicky is “are you serious?”

I want to know if he seriously has a passion for hip-hop and its culture or if it’s all just a big joke for him to get rich off of.

If Lil Dicky really is serious about hip-hop as he says he is then cool more power to him but honestly I’m kind of getting sick of seeing hip-hop culture being used as a joke.

Hip-hop is already not taken seriously by the mainstream of our society, our culture doesn’t need amateur comedians using hip-hop to get their 15 minutes of fame.

 

 

 

 

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The Truth With Elliot Wilson – YG (Video)

Great interview with YG (4hunnid!!!)

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The Truth With Elliot Wilson is back for a fifth season. For the first episode, Wilson takes a trip to Los Angeles and catches up with YG to talk about his debut album, My Krazy Life, his relationship with DJ Mustard, and the resurgence of the West.

Take a trip to the West Coast below.

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