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Dance Lessons

Ok, two things will be discussed in this particular piece, maybe three if I don’t get too long-winded!

I, like fellow older hip-hop/music heads, feel the quality of music has sunk so low that anything with a passable beat will get radio play nowadays. But, that’s for another time (you notice I like throwing hints on future topics at you?). I am actually kinda happy but sad at the same time. Why? There is a trend of hip hop artists, excuse me, performers, recording dance songs (no, not like Donna Summer/Madonna dance songs), that describe a particular dance they are doing. You know, like “The Electric Slide,” “The Hustle” (for you younger heads, these were disco songs from the 80s, when you were guaranteed to hear good music on the radio and in the clubs), etc. Now, I am not knocking the trend at all (well, maybe a little) but there is a reason I am saddened as well.

I am with any and every thing that will show people a good time and how to have fun through music, specifically hip hop. This is why I am happy with the trend of the younger artists, um, performers, making these type of records for the masses. One small problem is the buffoonery that is sometimes involved in such dances. But you know what? That’s a small price to pay to get people off the gangsta, ignorant messages sent daily via hip hop songs, radio stations and video programming. It seems as though every song has to have a reference of selling drugs, hustling, killing, robbing, bitches, hos and everything that comes along in the ‘How To Make a Successful Hip-Hop Record’ instruction manual. So anything not used from the manual is a welcomed relief.

Now, I am saddened because it seems as if lyricism is no longer needed in hip hop unless it’s written by Nas, Jay-Z or any other head who had to actually think to formulate a verse or two to put in a song.

I purposely used the term performer instead of artist or rapper. We are in the YouTube video days where the song is not based on what can be learned (unless it’s a how-to dance song), but what visuals can be displayed for the viewing audience.

Why are we accepting this? And don’t give me that bull about this being a different generation. Why can’t intelligence or uplifting thoughts be visible in hip hop? I do know there are artists out there that fit the description, but we are not being allowed to see them and they are not being given the same chances as the gun-toting, stupid, stop snitchin’ fools that are ruling the hip hop frequency (at least to the mainstream audience).

Speaking of dancing, my second topic is our favorite hypocrite, Jesse Jackson. I’ve said it for years that this man is two-faced, conniving and couldn’t be trusted. For this man to use the very same word that he is trying to eradicate from hip hop records is simply amazing! I agree that we need to curb our enthusiasm for using the word because I am indeed guilty (except I never use that word amongst non-blacks, as opposed to rappers writing hit songs based on the word. Jigga My Nigga, anyone?) Jesse just proved that he is part of the problem. Don’t tell me to stop drinking alcohol while we are getting drunk at the bar. Does that make sense?

What do you think?

BIG CED is the founder/owner and visionary for The Industry Cosign and has been involved in the entertainment field for over two decades. His rants on music and the industry-at-large are exclusive to Urban Thought Collective.


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July 18th, 2008 at 12:09 am chica22 says:

Mindless rap music (like Soldja Boy) truly breaks my heart.

July 18th, 2008 at 12:09 am chica22 says:

And Jesse does too

July 18th, 2008 at 12:16 am SweetSis says:

I guess dance rap is better than gangster rap IF we must choose but damn, what a choice.

July 18th, 2008 at 12:20 am reneperez says:

The Electric Slide is STILL the joint at weddings and reunions, rite? I hope that copywrote that ditty.

July 18th, 2008 at 5:16 am Big Ced says:

July 18th, 2008 at 12:09 am chica22 says:
Mindless rap music (like Soldja Boy) truly breaks my heart.

What can you do? Hopefully, upcoming ‘performers’ will recognize the ineptness of the current artists and change for the better….

July 18th, 2008 at 5:17 am Big Ced says:

‘SweetSis says:
I guess dance rap is better than gangster rap IF we must choose but damn, what a choice.’
the lesser of 2 evils, I suppose….

July 18th, 2008 at 7:50 am teradise says:

I agree..the music now-a-days is well just beats…I hate to say bakc in my day, but back in my day it was tribe, Jungle brothera, De La, Brand Nubian, Black Moon, KRS, awwwww…the good ol days! Its sad becuase the ones who try to speak about something other than drop it like its hot don’t get airplay..so guess we have to settle for songs that say the same thing over and over again with a different beat. I pull out my old stuff to get me by when I’ve had enough.

July 18th, 2008 at 8:59 am CeaseNYC says:

Good true blog. I agree on both points.

July 18th, 2008 at 9:12 am superjonsey1 says:

Your on point with the Jesse note. He has his nerve!

July 18th, 2008 at 9:16 am Big Ced says:

‘teradise says:
I agree..the music now-a-days is well just beats…I hate to say bakc in my day, but back in my day it was tribe, Jungle brothera, De La, Brand Nubian, Black Moon, KRS, awwwww…the good ol days! Its sad becuase the ones who try to speak about something other than drop it like its hot don’t get airplay..so guess we have to settle for songs that say the same thing over and over again with a different beat. I pull out my old stuff to get me by when I’ve had enough.’
i HARDLY listen to the radio as my mp3 player does an EXCELLENT job at keeping my head noddin’

July 18th, 2008 at 9:17 am Big Ced says:

“CeaseNYC says:
Good true blog. I agree on both points.”
Thanks, I appreciate that!

July 18th, 2008 at 9:30 am Jessica Hubbard says:

I still say that just listening to the radio and watching BET videos ain’t being into music! There is more out there… but I do agree 100% on this. But I bet every generation had their Soljah Boy and TPain or whatever - ain’t nothing new

July 18th, 2008 at 9:34 am Big Ced says:

“July 18th, 2008 at 9:30 am Jessica Hubbard says:
I still say that just listening to the radio and watching BET videos ain’t being into music! There is more out there… but I do agree 100% on this. But I bet every generation had their Soljah Boy and TPain or whatever - ain’t nothing new”

Ah, but the difference is that it was rare years ago as today, bad music and T-Pain is the norm……

July 18th, 2008 at 9:35 am BlackMoonRising says:

Nas stock has fallen far as I’m concerned. This new media world made him have to do gimmicks to get attention when the music used to be more organic. I know you gotta sell records but I still think you can let the people find it so I’m kinda disappointed

July 18th, 2008 at 9:40 am Nubian CoCo says:

No words for Jesse. I hope he has good savings cuz he needs to sit down for a loong time and shut up.

July 18th, 2008 at 9:41 am Big Ced says:

“Nubian CoCo says:
No words for Jesse. I hope he has good savings cuz he needs to sit down for a loong time and shut up.”
A loong time? How about forever?!?!?

July 18th, 2008 at 10:51 am culturepop says:

Goodbye Jesse and thanks for the memories. On music, I’m headed back to my vinyl.

July 18th, 2008 at 12:35 pm Vincent Slaughter says:

I think as the music has become more comercialized we find that the artist have less respect for the music and think of it only as a hustle. Rap game is the drug game. Why we as consumers don’t speak out is beyond me. I guess we are just being led by the corporations behind it all.

July 18th, 2008 at 12:41 pm thelma says:

@Vince - AMEN

July 18th, 2008 at 1:20 pm Ashley says:

Rene if I see the electric slide one more time I am going to scream!

July 18th, 2008 at 1:24 pm Tina says:

I have gotten to the point now where I either buy the old school artist that I know and love ie: The Roots, Common, Jay, Nas etc or I listen to my old cuts. I don’t even listen to the radio any more because of all the garbage they are pumping out.

July 18th, 2008 at 1:40 pm Big Lez says:

WELCOME ABOARD MY OLE SKOOL - TRU SKOOL FRIEND. I’M ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR YOU WITH LOVE!

July 18th, 2008 at 1:42 pm Big Ced says:

“Ashley says:
Rene if I see the electric slide one more time I am going to scream!”
Well, Ashley, my family reunion is next week so i am SURE i will see it then!

July 18th, 2008 at 1:44 pm Big Ced says:

“LEZ says:
WELCOME ABOARD MY OLE SKOOL - TRU SKOOL FRIEND. I’M ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET FOR YOU WITH LOVE!” We go back like LL and Around The Way Girl video! lol

July 18th, 2008 at 2:14 pm Torian Salary says:

At my age, and the way you’re talking about MY music, I’m supposed to get upset and offended. LOL. But I definitely find a lot of truth in what you’re saying. Cant wait to read the next one. Nice work

July 18th, 2008 at 5:59 pm Jedi Mind says:

Hey, this music is all we got we should help them figure out how to be better and lay some lyrics down!!

July 18th, 2008 at 7:04 pm UncleD says:

Diggin your blog and how you interact with us all. Keep up the great work man.

July 18th, 2008 at 7:08 pm Allison says:

I totally agree with you. I am so over hip-hop right now.

July 19th, 2008 at 10:03 am Maya Rainwright says:

Amen on Jesse Jackson!

July 19th, 2008 at 10:27 am Big Ced says:

” July 18th, 2008 at 2:14 pm Torian Salary says:
At my age, and the way you’re talking about MY music, I’m supposed to get upset and offended. LOL. But I definitely find a lot of truth in what you’re saying. Cant wait to read the next one. Nice work”

Thanks! This just shows you can take constructive criticism! LOL! Next for the support!!!

July 19th, 2008 at 10:31 am Big Ced says:

“Jedi Mind says:
Hey, this music is all we got we should help them figure out how to be better and lay some lyrics down!!”
I don’t think that’s the issue Jedi Mind! It’s the companies that are putting out the bullshit is what we have to fight!

July 19th, 2008 at 10:33 am Big Ced says:

“UncleD says:
Diggin your blog and how you interact with us all. Keep up the great work man.”
Thanks, I appreciate that! I’ve been doing this online stuff for over 10 years and it’s important to stay connected with your peoples, ESPECIALLY if they are leaving comments, whether good or bad!

July 19th, 2008 at 10:34 am Big Ced says:

“Allison says:
I totally agree with you. I am so over hip-hop right now.” I don’t think it’s Hip-Hop, it’s the Hip-Hop being heavily and overly promoted to the masses. There is still good Hip Hop out here, sadly, we have to search for it, but don’t give up!

July 19th, 2008 at 10:37 am Big Ced says:

“Maya Rainwright says:
Amen on Jesse Jackson!” My problem with Jesse has always been that he puts on thsi facade and we he speaks negatively of people based on the issues, he speaks fluently because, more than likely, he has done it!

July 19th, 2008 at 10:38 am Big Ced says:

Seriously, all of you are energizing me to want to write more often and about more things and I appreciate the comments and the luv!!!!

July 19th, 2008 at 12:01 pm 1GOODMAN says:

We used to have many many songs about a dance in the 60s and 50s but it was balanced with Marvin and Nina etc. Now it seems one-sided & I think that is the problem.
I didn’t welcome you last week. Welcome. This is a strong blog.

July 19th, 2008 at 2:33 pm Big Ced says:

“1GOODMAN says:
We used to have many many songs about a dance in the 60s and 50s but it was balanced with Marvin and Nina etc. Now it seems one-sided & I think that is the problem.
I didn’t welcome you last week. Welcome. This is a strong blog.”
Well, thank you for the welcome! I strongly believe that if we had more conscious people working at the labels and radio stations, we would have a better balance of music.

July 20th, 2008 at 3:24 am Xoloxlan says:

Your distinction btw performer & artist is a big deal, it helps put everything you’re saying & everything we’re hearing (or being forced to hear) on radio/video in proper perspective.

July 20th, 2008 at 7:54 am Big Ced says:

“Xoloxlan says:
Your distinction btw performer & artist is a big deal, it helps put everything you’re saying & everything we’re hearing (or being forced to hear) on radio/video in proper perspective.”
Thanks, I feel there is a difference because the more talented artists are being passed over for the quick buck, a la the ring tone era as I call it.

July 20th, 2008 at 9:47 pm Najee Ali says:

I co-sign with Big Ced all the way !

July 21st, 2008 at 5:50 am Big Ced says:

“Najee Ali says:
I co-sign with Big Ced all the way !”
Thanks, I appreciate the love!!!!