Wednesday, May 02, 2007

MCs Just Wanna Have Fun

Lost in all of this media hype about hip hop and degrading lyrics and Don Imus' comments and this "Stop Snitching" madness is the fact that most hip hop artists, much like you and I, are really all about having a good time. Here a few examples of MCs, who would likely cause Bill O'Reilly to clutch his purse if he saw them walking down the street, taking themselves just a little less seriously.

[Also a common trait amongst each of the following -- they'll all be appearing at Rock The Bells on August 11th in San Bernardino. As you can see, I'm taking it upon myself to spread the anticipation, like butter on breakfast toast.]

The RZA, the GZA, and the BZA, er, Bill Murray in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes.
-- "You stupid, yo."
-- "He is stupid, isn't he?"

A series of vignettes Ghostface did for MTV2, entitled "The World According To Pretty Toney", for all you "smart dumb cats" out there.

Cypress Hill brought to life on The Simpsons, down to their dance moves. I'd give anything for a full-length "Insane In The Brain" remix featuring the London Symphony Orchestra -- my soul, a few bucks, whichever is worth more.

The classic "Black Bush" sketch from Season 2 of Chappelle's Show, featuring a cameo from Mos Def as the Black Head of the CIA. Viacom cracking the whip on YouTube means that the only version of this I could find has Portuguese subtitles -- in other words, everybody wins!