kottke.org posts about rap

Doctor Who gonna bust a cap in yo assJun 01 2011

Sometimes the simple things in life are best...like a compilation of clips of The Doctor shooting guns with a gansta rap soundtrack.

(via ★interesting)

"Thank You, Vocoder"Mar 27 2009

"Vocoders are an instantly recognizable synthesizer sound, having been used in popular music since the 1960s. They allow you to 'talk like a robot', which while fun, is often not musically useful."

This from "Introduction to Vocoders," proves the point that the vocoder does not, in fact, turn a song into music. The voice analyzer/synthesizer system that was originally developed in the 1930s to facilitate early telephony has now become a seemingly inescapable accessory to popular music.

Rapper Ice Cube also awkwardly reflected on the negative effects of vocoders on rap:

"Records sales really not concerned to me as much as doing it my way. And doing the kind of records I want to do. Without some A&R dude trying to tell me to go find T-Pain and get you a voice box. Ya know, all this stupid stuff that they do that mess up a lot of records, mess up a lot of artists."

This clip of T-Pain v. His Vocoder is the audio equipment equivalent of Stephen King's Christine, and it certainly backs up Mr. Cube's claim.

Update: Turns out that the actual device Mr. Pain uses to alter his voice box is referred to as an Auto-Tune, and it's the weapon of choice for Cher, Kanye, and T-Pain, who seems just as oblivious as this author was. The two machines are entirely different.

Thx jason freeman

An up-and-coming rapper gets shot outside aJul 19 2006

An up-and-coming rapper gets shot outside a Manhattan radio station studio, scrambes inside the building, and does a 2-hour interview/freestyle session like nothing happened. Fun article.

The social networks of the rap musicDec 09 2005

The social networks of the rap music world "differ from all other human networks". By and large, successful rap artists don't collaborate/hang out with one another, as usually happens in other human social groups. (via cd)

DMC, the latter half of Run-DMC, hasNov 29 2005

DMC, the latter half of Run-DMC, has abandoned his trademark (my) Adidas for Le Coq Sportif.

Explicit Content Only, NWA's Straight Outta ComptonApr 15 2005

Explicit Content Only, NWA's Straight Outta Compton edited to contain only the swear words. The full version makes it seem like my laptop has Tourette's and the edited version is pretty funny.

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