Tennessee’s own SPITdigital Recording Artist / Entrepreneur, Memphis Jelks, joins the Oddballs this week to discuss his music, inspirations, and vision for Hip Hop’s future. A conscious emceee, Jelks recently amassed 20,000 views for his video “Happiness is Love” off his eponymous album, and he’s looking to celebrate the milestone with the Oddballs. Jelks has also collaborated with and is endorsed by a true legend Hip Hop, the one and only, Chuck D. Rap music, Memphis hoops, and the business of Hip Hop, this week on The Oddball Show, Tuesday August 30th at 8pm EST.
Today’s Rap Flashback features Lawrence Krisna Parker, aka KRS-One, on his 51th birthday. A native of Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, “The Blastmaster”, along with DJ Scott La Rock, formed Boogie Down Productions and released the classic Hip Hop album Criminal Minded in 1987. Since then he’s been responsible for a whopping 25+ albums (w/ BDP, as a solo artist, and as a collaborator), and has established himself as an activist and positive influence in the Hip Hop community.
KRS, moved by the murder of his BDP brother Scott La Rock, as well as the death of a concert goer who was killed in a fight at a BDP / Public Enemy show, created the Stop The Violence campaign in the late 80s. The movement galvanized several prominent East Coast Hip Hop artists and culminated in the release of ‘Self Destruction’, a track calling for responsibility, accountability, and tolerance within urban communities. It is this type of activism and calls for both accountability and higher learning that have defined KRS-One’s public persona. As he states on 1995’s DJ Premier produced ‘MCs Act Like They Don’t Know’, off his eponymous album, “Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everybody,” for which, of course, his stage name is an acronym.
“The Teacha” is also responsible for the Temple of Hip Hop, a ministry, archive, school, and society which aims to promote and maintain the culture of Hip Hop and encourages artists to be socially conscious in their creative endeavors. Also noteworthy is KRS-One’s 009 2book, The Gospel of Hip Hop: The First Instrument. It’s the first in a planned series where KRS uses a format not unlike that of the Christian Bible, to explore Hip Hop’s spirituality and divinity. As he puts it:
“It explores the spirituality of Hip-Hop, the divinity of Hip-Hop. I?m suggesting that in 100 years, this book will be a new religion on the earth. Now you talk about controversy, there?s some Christian ministries if you go online, look up some ministers, they dissing right now. ‘Who the hell does he think he is?’ Well, I think I have the authority to approach God directly, I don?t have to go through any religion [or] train of thought. I can approach God directly myself and so I wrote a book called The Gospel of Hip Hop to free from all this nonsense garbage right now. [I] respect the Christianity, the Islam, the Judaism but their time is up.”
Strong words indeed. Regardless of your viewpoint, you gotta respect this man’s longevity, accomplishments, and vision. Happy Birthday KRS-One, JP Lime Productions salutes you!
Two weeks ago we received a mysterious postcard at JPLHQ, a photo marked only “Greetings from Rio”. We found it hard to believe that it could be true but it seemed our friend and silent mascot, Limehead, long thought lost to parts unknown had resurfaced at the Rio Olympics!
We kept a photo journal of his adventures over the following two weeks. And we got him a brand new outfit, one appropriate for a #TeamUSA supporter of his caliber.
We’re unsure how but he was able to get himself some great viewing for events like the Women’s Soccer quarterfinals, USAvsSWE.
Or this front row seat for Gymnastics in the Olympic Arena. Though excited for Men’s Gymnastics, Limehead had hoped for a photo-op with Simone Biles. His expression says it all.
This Tuesday night the Oddballs are joined by the cinematic mind behind 2014’s ‘Who is Vermin Supreme?’, filmmaker Stephen Onderick. His newest film is ‘Save the Planet – Kill Yourself’ an independent documentary on the Church of Euthanasia. We’ll dig into both films and what inspires his unique cinematic choices on this week’s #OddballShow.
Alas, poor DCEU! Such a bright future I saw for it, True Believer, painted in dark tones; amassed of colorful characters, full of most excellent story potential. And now, how abhorred my imagination is! My nerdom rises at it. Where be your plot and character development, your source material loyalty? Your flashes of brilliance that were wont to set the superhero genre on a roar?
Suicide Squad, the ensemble super-villain romp that was set to take the 2016 Summer by storm, is now disappointing a theater near you. As the third installment (counting Man of Steel), many hoped SS would be the film to right the ship for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) after the poor critical reception for Batman v Supermanearlier this year. Did it succeed in doing so? In the name avoiding SPOILERS I’ll save my opinions until after the jump (spoiler: no, it didn’t. Oops.), so CLICK BELOW to read my bitterness at review of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
August 8th marks the release date of two awesome, yet vastly different albums. On 8.8.88, N.W.A dropped Straight Outta Compton which, on the strength of its controversial west coast gangsta subject matter and raw energy, catapulted Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre into stardom and kick-started their rise to Hip Hop legends. Powered by its classic title track, “Straight Outta Compton” and the anthemic, highly controversial, and still topical “Fuck Tha Police”, the album went platinum at the time with little radio play, eventually amassing triple platinum sales.
On the strength of this album, the group became perhaps the most influential of all time, as evidenced by this “N.W.A. Flow Chart“, built by the folks at Medium.com. Ultimately, Straight Outta Compton solidified California as a musical force within Hip Hop and stands as N.W.A’s crowning achievement a full collective, as the unit would disband after touring for the album concluded.
‘Eazy is his name and the boy’s coming, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON!’
Conversely, on 8.8.11 Jay-Z and Kanye West released a collaborative effort called Watch The Throne at the height of their respective popularity. The record touches many subjects including the fruits and burdens of success, Jay-Z’s thoughts on fatherhood, Kanye coping with being s a media villain, and of course, “Paris”. The duo’s vocals are backed by production from West himself, as well as standouts 88 Keys, RZA, and Swizz Beatz. Debuting at #1 on its way to platinum sales, the album produced several singles, including “Paris”, “Lift Off”, “Otis”, “H-A-M”, and the Grammy winning, “No Church In the Wild”.
For very different reasons, but with the common denominator of great music from Hip Hop giants, both albums proved to be very successful in their own rights. Accordingly, today we salute N.W.A as well as Jay-Z and Kanye West for their stellar contributions to Rap music.
‘Psycho, I’m liable to go Michael.
Take your pick: Jackson, Tyson, Jordan, Game 6. Ball so hard!’
This Tuesday night the Oddballs welcome Greg von Teig, the creator and host of Junkman Radio. We’ll discuss what drives his diverse musical tastes and we’ll explore his latest release, ‘The Prisoner of His Dreams: Greg von Teig Plays Bruce Springsteen’. Dylan, Ramshackle Glory, The Boss, and the Junkman, tonight on the #OddballShow.
To tune in all you need do is PRESS PLAY BELOW and Lime On.