It always seemed to me to be a bad beer commercial put to a drum machine. I could tolerate Eminem, like everyone else on the planet, but even he got pretty repetitive and simple themed. (I fully acknowledge that every style of music has its repetitive boring music *clears throat nickleback*)
This changed when I got into yoyo. So many yoyoers use hip hop/rap to yoyo to. This started with a Jensen Kimmett video set to the song "Promised Land" by Edan. I thought, this is a clever song, so I checked out the album. The rest of it didn't really speak to me, but that was a foot in the door, rap can be something other than noise, rappers have brains.
I can't remember what video lead me to the Cunninlinguists, but that was the slippery slope into having to admit that I like Rap. I was hooked on these guys that rapped, but were clever and articulate and mixed really cool music to do thier thing to. Followed through this group to Tonedeff, and almost cried when I listened to Porcelain.
I don't know if there are many men out there who made it through High School without falling madly in love with a girl who was unattainable, carrying that torch, but I was not one of them. The mix combined with the sould wrenching poetry left me in pieces. I selected this song for one of my first 4a competitions, becuase I couldn't help but move to it.
So now we have Maclemore and Ryan. "Taking the world by storm" is a good term. These guys have broken records, topped the charts and are just getting started. Once again, I can't stop listening, becuase they have something to say. Thier first hit "Thrift Shop" was brilliant. A theme I'm pretty sure no one has rapped effectively to before. This song deserves all of the acclaim it gets. I was hooked with "Same Love", to the point where I changed my song for competition 1 week before the contest just so I could use it. Politics aside, this song was masterfully crafted. Just a masterful work of art.
I think for Canadian Nationals this year I'm going to have to use one that hasn't hit the radio yet, 10000 hours. I had a conversation with my old guitar teacher the other day about practice. The fact that it takes ten thousand hours of practice to master something. Not just doing whatever it is, but doing it intentfully. Its probably why I took 7 years to get to the point where I"m starting to feel like I'm an adequate school teacher. I'm going to wrap this with a few lines from that song that summed up why I teach, and what I keep in mind every day.
Now I'm going to go throw my yoyo some more, and try to get an hour closer to the goal. And doggonit, I"m going to have fun while I'm doing it!
"See, I observed Escher
I love Basquiat
I watched Keith Haring
You see I studied art
The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint
The greats were great cause they paint a lot"
(10000 hours by Macklemore and Ryan)