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Today’s Rap Flashback – H.A.M.

January 11th, 2011 marked the release of ‘H.A.M.’, the much-anticipated 1st single from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch the Throne’ album.  “Going HAM” (i.e. going hard or going all out on a given task) has been part of our Hip-Hop vernacular since.

January 11th, 1971 marks the birth of the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige.  With 65 million+ units moved to date, she’s one of the most influential Hip-Hop artists of our time, male or female.  Happy Birthday Ms. Mary!

1 Comment on Today’s Rap Flashback – H.A.M.

  1. Because you can’t dance and grind to stuff like Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC, Journey, Motley Crue, etc. Now, there may be some danceable songs here and there, such as Pour Some Sugar On Me and Livin’ On a Prayer , but most rock songs slipmy can’t be danced to.Now that’s different when you get songs with danceable beats by artists such as Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, Eminem, Savage, etc. It’s all a matter of opinion. Rap music is made largely to be danced to and/or to relate to kids in low-income urban areas. Rock music was (and still is) made primarily to rebel, bang your head, and/or to raise your adrenaline levels.EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention that probably why many young people prefer hip hop over classic rock when they go out to bars/clubs/parties is probably the same reason why people back in the 70s and 80s liked classic rock music so much: Both genres, during their times, are being/were played extensively on the radio stations at the time. It’s all a matter of popularity. If you’re going to gripe about how classic rock is dead to you, just listen to contemporary country music stations, which appear to have taken extensive influences from the classic blues-rockers and southern rockers.

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