If you’re of the mindset that hip-hop used to be better, you’re not alone; in fact, you’re in good company. And C-Notes has everything you need to feed your fiendin’ through next week.
To start, check out the Knux’ “Cappuccino” by clicking the pic above. Despite the title, C-Notes’ group consensus says the song’s not about coffee. With only minimal nods to the glossy production that marks modern rap, the song sounds like it’s pretty much straight outta ’88. From the video to the vocals, the only definitive clue that it’s not a leftover De La Soul track is the fact that there’s a white girl in the video. You’ve come a long way, baby...
If the Hollywood-by-way-of-New Orleans group gets your jones going, check out the city’s best hip-hop party this weekend. Terry Urban hosts I Got Five On It at Touch Supper Club (2710 Lorain Ave, Ohio City, 216-631-5210) Saturday night. It’s a monthly party that’s heavy on old-school hip-hop, with enough funk, soul, and contemporary jams that the entire lower level turns into one big, sweaty dance floor.
Scene previously described it as being a recreation of “the best house party you went to in 1996,” and Urban said the nights are “like a Coke commercial – black people and white people partying together, dancing, everyone having a great time.”
The jams kick off at 9 p.m., 21+ only. Cover is $5. Catch it while you can; Boogie and Urban are about to relocate to New York City.
To keep the rappin’ happenin’ after the weekend, check out the new, expanded re-issue of Boogie Down Productions’ full-length debut, Criminal Minded
. The 1987 album set a new standard for rap, and emcee KRS-ONE became a new hip-hop archetype: a well-read rhymer who could beat your ass, outtthink you, or rip you two shreds with a off-the-dome freestyle.
The new edition has a second disc full of remixes and the Stop the Violence Movement’s landmark “Self Destruction
.” Paving the way for star-studded remixes, the song was one of the first tracks to team up a dozen or so rap stars all on one track, from BDP to D-Nice (remember him?) and Public Enemy. Sadly, the violence did not stop, but the song remains strong. It’s in stores and Amazon now, and eMusic has it as a super-cheap download
. – D.X. Ferris