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Friday, January 1, 2010

Your Thoughts on HipHop: ARapperNamedBilal says, "YOU Are My Least Favorite Artist!"

With such an inflamatory title, how do you start? Well of course, with an explanation:
"This May Offend Some of My Political Connects: If You Rap About Yourself...In Over 60% of Your Rhymes, YOU are My Least Favorite Artist!" ARapperNamedBilal
When he wanted me to open the interview with it, I knew it was on! When you check him out on on Twitter, you'll see he doesn't stop hittin folks up with the REAL. Hit him on Twitter at @Bilal504 or @GetRightMovment if you dare to have your mind expanded while he shares his great music with you. Oh, you haven't heard "A Playstation Cost More Than A Choppa?" You betta get it straight.

Throughout this series, God's being Blessing us with folks speaking, reppin, and being REAL without fear of retalliation from the sponsors, or labels for the powers that be but don't matter. Finally, another artist we really want to talk and listen to; someone we can actually have an intelligent conversation with and repoire. Finally, another voice with meaning and substenance. I mean shit man, FINALLY!


by mia harris, Canal St. Louisiana, 05/2009

Here is the answers in his words...

mia: What is your stage name?
ARNB: ARapperNamedBilal
mia: What is your government name?
ARNB: Bilal Abdul-Hakeem
mia: Is the music industry your primary job?
ARNB: Not at the moment. I'm also a barber.
mia: In the music industry, who do you work for? Or are you independent?
ARNB: I'm independent. The name of my label is INTRAKIT.ent.
mia: If you are a DJ, producer, writer or an artist what is your content?
ARNB: I am a writer and an artist; I try to keep most of my content about issues that are affecting poor or oppressed people.
mia: How long have you been in this profession?
ARNB: I wrote my first rap in '84.
mia: What is your relationship with HipHop and music in general?
ARNB: My heart beats to the rhythm of the drum.
mia: What is HipHop to you?
ARNB: Life.
mia: Do you think HipHop has a purpose and what?
ARNB: Its purpose is to unify people of all walks of life. To inform you about your surroundings. To introduce you to new ways of thinking. And make you dance.
mia: Are you influenced by HipHop and why?
ARNB: Yes. When I first heard it, it was something about it that just felt natural. Like I had heard it B4 or something.
mia: When do you think HipHop was born?
ARNB: B4 we even came to this country.

by mia harris, Venice Beach, CA 07/2009

mia: What is your understanding of the birth of HipHop as a music genre?
ARNB: When the Sugar Hill Gang became the first HipHop artist to reach the charts. But rapping can be heard as far back as the 20's with Louis Armstrong (born in New Orleans) and Cab Calloway.
mia: How often to you think about HipHop?
ARNB: ADED <==== Yall should be able to figure dat out.
mia: How long do you think HipHop will be around?
ARNB: As long as music is around there will be HipHop.
mia: Do you remember the first HipHop song you heard?
ARNB: Rapper's Delight by the Sugar Hill Gang.
mia: How did it make you feel?
ARNB: Made me feel like dancing and repeating what dey said
mia: What are your 3 most favorite HipHop songs and why?
ARNB: In no particular order..."They Want EFX," by Das EFX 1992: Because dey weren't really saying anything but at the same time dey were saying a lot and it was new and sounded damn good. Plus I used to make bets that I could rap the whole song and people always thought I couldn't. "Ha," by Juvenile 1999: It put together the whole vibe of the street life of New Orleans at the time. If you wasn't living what he was rapping about you definitely was close to someone who was going through it. It also put a lot of New Orleans slang and swag into the international vocabulary. Woadies everywhere began to be seen more often wearing white tees, white sneakers, and blue jeans. Blinged out headbussas everywhere. "I Aint No Joke," by Eric B & Rakim 1987: No explanation needed.
mia: Who is your favorite HipHop artist and why?
ARNB: Tupac....Because even though he was considered a gangsta rapper he still made music that had positive messages and he expressed solutions for solving some of our community problems.
mia: Who is your least favorite HipHop artist and why?
ARNB: If you rap about yourself, what you can do, or what you have in over 60% of your rhymes YOU are my least favorite artist! Doesn't mean you can't rap. But when I listen to music, I don't want to hear you talk about yourself all the time.
mia: Do you think Rap and HipHop are the same and why?
ARNB: HipHop is the culture; rap is a part of the HipHop culture. HipHop is DJing, break dancing, pop locking, its how you dress, communicate etc......When your just rapping you can rap about anything, but if you call your rap HipHop, then you must be saying something that can effect the listeners in a positive way. (HIPHOP IS NOT NEGATIVE)

"Ya Hear Me?" by mia harris, Canal St., Louisiana, 05/2009

mia: What, if any, would you change about HipHop?
ARNB: HipHop will be what it must be at all times. In other words what HipHop is going through right now seems needed. So much garbage is in the mainstream now that people are really starting to miss the REAL. So when the REAL returns it's gonna be almost impossible for it to leave again. So I guess the answer is NO
mia: Do you think HipHop is used positively or negatively, and why?
ARNB: HipHop cannot be negative, rap can be but not HipHop.
mia: Why do you think most HipHop videos and songs are filled with stunting, sexism and violence?
ARNB: Because someone put the wrong label on the video or song, it should be labeled a rap video not HipHop.
mia: Why do people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds like HipHop?
ARNB: It's a natural vibe. It's undeniable.
mia: Do you think HipHop is a global industry and why?
ARNB: Yes because it's used to sell products on all continents.
mia: Do you think HipHop is a commodity, and why?
ARNB: A HipHop song can be packaged as a commodity but the culture itself cannot be sold.
mia: What do you think when you hear of people in third-world countries, bumping HipHop?
ARNB: I think it's natural and so powerful that if we moved to outter space, we would be rapping on Mars.
mia: Do you think HipHop transcends all languages, cultures and boundaries, and why?
ARNB: I know it does. Because I saw a group of grandmas 60+ in Beijing using HipHop dance moves as exercise. ;D
mia: Why is HipHop used worldwide to advertise a wide variety of commodities?
ARNB: Because people around the world can relate to HipHop in some kind of way.
mia: Do you think HipHop has a negative perception in the media, and why?
ARNB: The media is run by the devil and the devil knows the power of HipHop music. So what the media does is focus on the negativity instead of the thousands of positive HipHop artists out there.
mia: Do you think HipHop is under attack, if so why and by what?
ARNB: Yep, because they know that HipHop has the power to free minds and that is something they don't want. It is, and will continue to be, under attack by HipHop police, FCC, Right-Wing Liberal Whack Jobs, a.k.a. the devil.
mia: Do you think a person can stay conscious and achieve platinum success?
ARNB: Yeah because HipHop is making its way back to being REAL (watch me).

photo by WhiteBoi, SoundClash 2008

mia: Why do you think is it more difficult for conscious artists to cross over?
ARNB: Dey don’t get enough publicity.
mia: Why do you think it is more difficult for a platinum artist to produce content of value and keep the support of their labels and radio stations?
ARNB: Most radio stations are apart of dat media I was speaking of earlier. If the devil can keep your mind on bullshit then dats what he will do. So a good way to keep your mind on bullshit is to play bullshit songs on the radio all day. You are what you think, and most of us thinks about music all day...whether good or bad.
mia: Did you or have you ever paid (or received money) to have a song played on the radio/TV? If so, do you think it is right or wrong, a necessity or not and why?
ARNB: I haven’t got paid for my songs being played on the radio yet but I will shortly.
mia: What is your opinion of the “Where Do You Stand: Why Platinum Artists Flee Underground” series?
ARNB: I think it raises important questions to gauge the thoughts of HipHop lovers, haters, & in-betweeners.
mia: Why did you take out time to complete the survey?
ARNB: Because I love HipHop and I would like to be apart of preserving the culture.

by mia harris, Venice Beach, CA 07/2009

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