Thursday, June 10, 2004


Last night I watched a documentary called American Rap Stars. When I saw it in the scheduled program guide, I pushed myself to stay up a couple of more hours. The word for this experience is disappointing. This documentary goes down as one of the biggest waste of Showtime programming in cable television history (I put it in the same category with the Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown interview with Barbara Walters). But we are also talking about Showtime...Home of the Rejected Movies. The only reason I got Showtime in the 1st place was because THE ONE watched Soul Food, and now that over with...But that's another story. Any way, it was 90 minutes of ___________ (you fill in the blank). Every other word I heard was cars, money, jewelry, bitches, hoes, niggas, killing, guns, and "uknowhatimsayin" (in the English language it is pronounced You know what I am saying). Then they spent a majority of the time interviewing individuals like Chris Black from INC. (formally Murder Inc.), Bad Azz, Royal Flush, protocol Sunn, Outlawz, and Oynx. They gave pioneers and REAL MCs/artist like Russell Simmons, Run DMC, Jay-Z, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, and Talib Kweli a grand total of about 15 minutes at the most. I was hurt. The guys that they gave all the air-time to are a few of the cats that are given the hip/hop world a bad name. I didn't even know half of the artist that were on there. What I really didn't understand is when Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson started speaking the truth on how tainted the hip-hop game is now, they cut him off. If I had to do a documentary on the hip/hop world this is a piece of my list of people that would be interviewed;

Grand Master Flash
Afrika Bambaataa
Russell Simmons
Rick Rubin
Sugarhill Gang
LL Cool J
Kool Mo Dee
Melle Mel
Greg Nice
Chuck D
Jay Z
Mos Def
Talib Kweli
Snoop Dogg
Dr. Dre
The Roots
Kanye West
Dilated Peoples
and the list goes on and on

Now I know I added a few youngsters in the game on there, but they have that much respected for the game.
Well the only good thing I got out of last night was right after that mess went off, Cornbread, Earl, and Me came on (now that's a classic). I got to get out of here...I'll keep you posted

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