So, we’re back with more notes from Hip Hop In Context. These are from Week 3. As I may have said before this is a 5 week course being taught by 9th Wonder. Each class is from 7-9:30 on Wednesday night at the Hunt Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus. I’ve been having a blast in here and I honestly would take this class if it was offered over the course of a full semester. I wouldn’t be surprised if that ends up happening at some point based on the feedback from this 5 week session. If/when they ever do offer it as a full semester thing, I’ll jump on the opportunity to take it if I’m still in the area and if time permits me to do so. Anyway, here are the things I wrote down in class Wednesday July 13, 2016. There are also a few gems I was able to get before we began as 9th played music while waiting for start time. These gems are information about songs that were sampled to make Hip Hop records. Just like I did last week, I have included links to these songs so you can listen to them yourself. I hope you enjoy this week’s notes. I look forward to attending classes 4 and 5 and sharing some of what I learned in them with you over the next couple weeks. Feel free to let me know what you think of these and the other notes I’ve shared by sending a tweet to me @LBrothersMedia. Anyway, without further ado, here are the notes from what 9th called “The things that go bump in the night session” aka The Influence Of Media session…
The Influence Of Media is one of the biggest downfalls of Hip Hop
Yo! MTV Raps – Created in 1987 by Ted Demme. It was originally a 30 minute show that aired at 10 on Saturday nights. After a while, it became more popular and it was expanded to an hour long show. It also moved to 5 o’clock on weekdays.
“Public Enemy was Fischer Price compared to NWA” – 9th
NWA – Easy was the only “criminal” in the group. Cube had an architectural scholarship and went to private school. Dre figured out how to sequence albums to make them events. His Chronic album was/is considered a Hip Hop event.
Easy E met Jerry Heller and created a friendship and business relationship with him. Jerry became NWA’s manager.
Ice Cube wrote all the lyrics on Straight Outta Compton and without any radio play the album sold 2 million copies in the year 1988. Jerry Heller only gave Cube $75K for his contribution. Because of this, Cube left the group and went solo. He released Amerikkka’s Most Wanted in 1990. It was produced by Public Enemy’s production team, The Bomb Squad.
“NWA and Public Enemy was the same group. Different coasts.” – 9th
“All revolutions are started by young folk” – 9th
“Everything I wanna know about the world is going on in a rap record (in the early 90’s)” – 9th
“Secret Meeting that changed Hip Hop”. There is a debate about if it’s real or not, but it seems plausible. In short, it was (supposedly) a meeting of top record executives held to figure out how to destroy the political power of Hip Hop music. Hip Hop was very influential and instrumental in teaching young people of all backgrounds about the ills of the world, black history, etc. It is said that if this meeting actually occurred it was about how to steer the music toward promoting criminal activity. It is said that the meeting was attended by the heads of Sony, Universal, and Warner Records (which are all movie companies). They were told about privately owned prisons and how they could use Hip Hop to send messages of violence and crime to the masses. The goal was to have those messages and the images they create to get the black and poor to eventually fill those privately owned prisons as a result of the crimes they committed under the influence of the music. For more on this click the picture below. It's one person's account of the meeting (assuming there actually was a meeting).
“(In the late 80’s early 90’s) Hip Hop made HBCU enrollment increase 45%” – 9th
Sony, Warner, and Universal are owned by Seagram’s (The Gin Company).
Lucian Grainge – CEO of Universal Music Group. For more on Grainge click the picture above.
Vincent Bollore – Chairman/CEO of the investment group Bollore. He’s also the head man at Vivendi. Vivendi is involved in multimedia, Cable TV, etc. They got involved in these areas in 1990, but they were/are a water company. The specialize in old water and control all the water ducts in Paris. These water ducts date back to the 1850’s and 60’s. For more on Bollore and Vivendi click their pictures.
“People don’t know what they wanna hear until it’s played 50 times” – 9th
Henry Louis Gates defended 2 Live Crew in their censorship case. This got him fired from Duke University. He then went to Harvard University. For more on Dr. Gates, click his picture.
* 9th Wonder got his name from a Digable Planet song by the same name. He used to play the song all the time, and eventually took it on as his stage name.
Below are some sampling notes I took in class along with a couple of my own discoveries. Enjoy!
* Gap Mangione “Diana In The Autumn Wind” was sampled by Dilla to make “The Official” for Jaylib and “Fall In Love” by Slum Village.
"Who Got The Props" from Black Moon uses a sample from "Tidal Wave" by Ronnie Laws.
* "Straighten It Out" by Pete Rock And CL Smooth samples "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines
* "How Many MC's" by Black Moon Samples "Hydra" by Grover Washington
* "Wind Parade" by Donald Byrd was sampled to make both the original and remix versions of Black Moon's "Buck Em Down"
* "Shine On The Straight Arrow" by Cris Williamson was sampled to create "The Red" on Jay Dilla and Madlib's "Jaylib" album