My Fidelity.

Posted by hoodstakidd on September 14th, 2009 filed in hip-hop, movies

Another blog entry with video! Watching them is recommended! *LANGUAGE WARNING*

High Fidelity is one of my favourite movies. If you really love music and haven’t seen this or read the book, stop, go rent/read and come back. Or, as is probably more likely, read this entry and stick it on your ‘what was that movie again?’ list for the next time you’re at the video store and cant find a movie to watch. It’s a sweet flick and I love this scene in paticular as it really illustrates the way music impacts our lives, even though we may not realise. How many times have you heard someone exclaim after they hear a particular song, “No way! I haven’t heard this song for ages! This brings back so many memories!”. Music is never ‘just music’. It will always provoke some kind of response, whether it’s the music snob preaching about how Australian Idol has killed the industry or the little kid gettin’ his groove on to the sounds of The Wiggles, music affects you. Sounds funny but whenever I hear the song “Neverending Story”(which isn’t often!), I always think back to when I was a kid and I heard it on the radio while I was brushing my teeth and I yelled out to my Nan, “Turn it up Nanna! Turn it up!”. Ok, maybe thats one I should have kept to myself.

That said, I thought I’d share a bit about my early exposure to hip hop, and use these videos to help elaborate. Now, unlike High Fidelity, this isn’t a ‘Top 5’ list, but a few select tunes among many, that came to mind when thinking about the early days! So sit back, grab a mocha and enjoy the journey..

To call Tribe’s impact on hip hop ‘huge’, would be a massive understatement! Any hip hop artist worth listening to will, most times, cite A Tribe Called Quest as an influence. For me personally, this track was my first introduction to Tribe and is the epitome of the interesting, fun, creative, expressive aspect of hip hop I love. It’s also proof a fresh cap and hoodie combo never goes out of style! There is no graff in this video but for some reason, it reminds me of the time I was dabbling in graffiti, running with an old mate of mine, learning the fine art of late night/early morning bombing runs. That didn’t last because, a) I wasn’t very good and b) I didn’t like the feeling of thinking I was gonna be busted by a cop at any second. Don’t ask me why it reminds me of that! Shortly after, I’d see a local emcee from a crew called ‘The Brotherhood of Justice’ rip the mic and then I’d know what I wanted to do!

I heard this track for the first time on local radio station 2VoxFM. Back then, the hip hop show they had was on a Saturday night, was called The Funkin’ Lesson and was hosted by local hip hop icons, Skoop and A.S.G.. I remember hangin’ to hear this one, as the week before they had announced they would be playing it the following Saturday. This isn’t the typical Eric B & Rakim song most dudes reference, but for me, this song made me go check Rakim’s back catalog where I discovered classics like, Paid In Full, Microphone Fiend and Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em. The sound of Rakim’s voice over Eric B’s rugged jazz streetscape had me hooked and this gem was one I came back to many times! Rakim is often referred to as the greatest emcee of all time, and the sound of his flow was and still is, mesmerising. An emcee’s emcee no doubt!

LL straight rips hip hop a new one with this joint! An all time classic, and one that my friends and I used to recite endlessly as one person beat boxed, one person did the ‘aaah aaah’s’ and one did the lyrics! This WAS hip hop for me, back in the day! Aggressive, energetic and unstoppable, it made any young hip hopper feel invincible, even if you had to take out the garbage at the end of the day. It expresses exactly what I want every song I write, to do. Knock you out! Not just have you say, wow that was cool but to blow your mind and decimate every expectation you had. Hip hop may have changed over the years but the intent of any hip hop artist is captured expertly with this track! This should make any self respecting emcee hungry to craft a classic. ‘Nuff said!

At a time when Australian hip hop was really in it’s infancy, these guys, although on more of a commercial tip, were still a big inspiration to kids like me. These were Aussie hip hoppers, living in Sydney, making hip hop music and doin’ it on my T.V.! Helped make me think, Maybe one day I could do that! I remember my best mate and I workin’ on our Code Blu impressions! What a voice!

Def Wish Cast. Oz hip hop legends. This was my anthem when it came out! I’m showing my age now, but I remember my best mate had this on cassette, I borrowed it, copied it and played it over, and over, and over, and over, and over until the tape broke! This was uncut Australian hip hop and was an anthem declaring Australian hip hop in all it’s glory was here, it was real, it was raw and it wasn’t going away! This clip had it all. The raw underground vibe, breakin’, graffitti, deejaying, the emcee’s rippin’ it and it was all home grown. Def Wish, Die C, Sereck and DJ Vame became legendary in my mind with this one. There was no going back for me after this! Also proof that white dudes have trouble jumping for extended periods.

Hope, you’ve enjoyed this little insight into some of my early influences. I’m definitely nowhere near being a rap superstar but it’s always interesting to me, hearing about how other artists have influenced other artists and so on.

So, the writing continues, it goes well and I got a bunch of fresh beats this week that I’m mad excited to share soon! Stay tuned..


2 Responses to “My Fidelity.”

  1. Paulo Says:

    Juan, I am not sure whether you’ll believe me but these are my top ole skool songs ever. I grew up to all of these man, including def wish cast. I even used to write ragga style lyrics or at least try to get sounding like def wish. Obviously it didn’t last long so…yeah to make a long story short, these were THE SONGS i followed and found enjoyable. I won’t get into the silly stuff that came with it but if anything is classic it would have to be these.]

  2. Jai Says:

    Juan,

    That just took me on a trip down memory lane (corny but true).
    THE ELEMENTS OF HIP HOP:
    Breakin – Dance
    Emceein – Divine Speech
    Graffiti Art – Graphics
    Deejayin – Music production and radio broadcasting
    Beat Boxin – Body music and body language
    Street Fashion – Urban trends and styles
    Street Language – Communication
    Street Knowledge – Ancestral Wisdom
    Street Entrepreneurialism – Business management

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