Hiphop Friday

Phil Ford

I have nothing much to say today, but it’s been something of a hiphop-themed week, so here’s Mos Def freestyling in Dave Chappelle’s car.

And, for the haters, I give you the Player Hater’s Ball. Maybe the best put-down: while Ice-T is talking to the audience, someone yells “you look like a broke-ass Ice-T.” I’m not quite sure why this is so funny, but it is.

Have a good weekend.

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3 Responses to Hiphop Friday

  1. ECG says:

    Ah, the Player Hater’s Ball…one of my favorites in the Dave Chapelle oeuvre. I think the first time I saw it I actually said, ‘what was that, AMS Houston??’ afterwards, but I suppose everyone in academia feels that way about their particular discipline….

  2. Hip-Hop Lives In My Heart says:

    This is nit-picking on my part, I know, but I felt inspired to point this out nevertheless. Mos Def is not, as you say, freestyling, but is in fact performing the song “Close Edge” from his second solo album The New Danger.
    As I’m sure you’re aware, the true form of fryeestying is the impromptu act of improvising lyrics on the fly. Doing so with skill is an extremely difficult feat and is rarely executed in its truest form in public forums by many hip-hop/rap artists out of fear of appearing incompetent at best and foolish at worst, exposing a flaw in their self-inflated persona and consequently rendering meaningless their claims of grandeur.
    I have no doubt Mos Def can whip up a mean freestyle but saying that’s what he was doing is like saying Dave Chapelle was actually crusing the streets of New York.
    Aside from that, keep on keepin’ on, Professor P-Funk! I like what I’ve seen so far. And good luck with the new gig at IU. Big Ten all day, baby!

  3. Phil Ford says:

    Well, yeah, it’s not *really* freestyle — it’s what might be called “faux freestyle,” or “freestyle style.” A lot of hiphop artists do rhymes in a way that suggests they’re off-the-cuff, while in fact they’re practiced routines — another example of the “rhetoric of authenticity,” I guess. (“Authenticity is everything — if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”) Actually, I like the Chappelle Show version better than the version on The New Danger — I like the little minimal conga beat he uses in this one.
    But anyway, thanks for the good word. And y’know, I *am* kind of psyched to be back in the Big Ten.

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