I always thought it was so hilarious that Teddy Riley wanted to change my "Hip Hop styled music and put his own claim on it as the New Jack Swing. No, it was never New JACK but HIP HOP all along (probably the reason New Jack only got swallowed up by Hip Hop and not the reverse - an admirable effort though). Make no mistake about it, Teddy is one masterful producer. He has given the world some great and unforgettable music that many will set their lives by.
To a fan - I may want to write a little piece in the film featuring you and how you've stirred these emotions in me, that I had just assumed were left dead and dormant. There are many stories to tell about all of this. Is anybody even listening? Does anybody really care anymore? Apparently so. It's funny how one thing begets another, begets another....
And now the final and only explanation you will ever need to explain what Hip Hop Music is. Ever notice when you ask someone to explain Hip Hop Music to you they never come with a clear, concise and definitive answer. It almost inevitably winds up with the interjection of Hip Hop Culture infused into it. Truth is, Hip Hop Culture existed long before hip hop music did. Then it was all simply known as rap, but a funny thing happened when rap came to somewhat of a stand still. Rappers could not sing and though they wanted to challenge the prevailing standard of playing R&B music on ("Black (not urban radio stations), while these stations absolutely refused to play any kind of rap at all for such an inordinately long time, something had to give.
Enter Dougie Fresh and his "killer" rap track "The Show" (6 minutes Dougie Fresh your on). That was enough to spark the fire Beck would need to fuse both genre's of music into one cohesive, combination which would brand its huge imprint on many cultures throughout the world. It also gave New York radio (home of rap and Hip Hop) the impetus to start playing rap music, since rap had sat there like ticking time bomb; waiting to explode in a frenzied melee, dash for "bling and glory". Hip Hop is the combination of a rap music beat (very distinctive), an R&B song (not country - hey now, there's a novel twist), with a bad-ass R&B singer (initially Black-only), pumping their lungs out.
By using a similar rap beat to "the show" and infusing the element of a good R&B song, while capturing the phenomenal essence of one of the most sought after young divas on two continents (Octavia), the stage was set for the identifying, crowning achievement that is now known as - Hip Hop Music. If you go to my http://Superstarcase.com website now and look down the column on the left hand side for the link: Hip Hop vs Rap. I think what you'll see there is quite eye opening! The next piece in this multiple-part series lays out how Hip Hop Music portends to be the great saving grace of the global entertainment industry, with it's influence being extended by it's naturally formulated, sibling associate - Superstarcase.
Have a pleasant evening.
Kenny Beck Superstarcase.com (Hip Hop vs Rap) Babybeckrecords.moonfruit.com