Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Didn't Even Scrape the Bottom of the Goodie Bag!: Review of VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South
--I appreciated the interviews, especially Organized Noize and J. Prince.
--Where the Legends at?!?! A GAPING hole in the honoree lineup was the lack of key pioneers in southern Hip Hop. While legendary acts like OutKast and Scarface declined being honored, other acts like Goodie Mob, Bun B, and 8Ball and MJG, who SHOULD have been honored, were performing for other honorees. Where they do that at?
--You're talking about the “Dirty South” and fail to acknowledge the term’s origins? C’mon, son. Goodie Mob, Track #4 “Dirty South,” Soul Food, 1995.
--You mean to tell me that of all the southern rappers available, you had to recycle performers and borrow from other coasts (and countries)? Kid Rock is the most southern, eastern, western, Midwest, rock-rapper alive. He's been at EVERY Hip Hop Honors. Man must work cheap. Asher Roth performed for Luda. Luda shoulda kicked him in the thoat (yes, no typo, THOAT).
--The intermission segments of “you know you’re southern” re-emphasized those same stereotypes that hinder the south’s progression. Granted, grills, rims, and “scrippers” are part of the culture, but they are not the culture in its entirety.
--The song selection(s) bothered me. The majority of the playlist consisted of songs that were current, not what put these artists on the map. There should have been a better blend to show both history and current day catalogs.
--In similar fashion to Hip Hop discourse, only specific cities represented the entire south: Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston. Umm, okay. No shade, no shade but the beauty of regionalism is to be able to include the multidimensional, rounded experience of the dirty south. We got you next time Mississippi and Memphis Tenne-kee.
--Cash Money didn’t even get a glisten off a tooth of a grill during the New Orleans tribute, but you're playing the instrumental of “Lollipop.”
--Jermaine Dupri’s automatic fail with that suggestion that southern rap didn’t arrive until Dem Franchize Boy’s “White Tee.” Taking a cue from Big Boi… “Booooooooooooy stooooop.” That should have been prefaced with “southern rap in the 2000s.” Southern Hip Hop was popping off way before yo patna ‘nem.
--This shoulda been the Jermaine Dupri honors. He had the longest tribute.
--Another automatic fail: Diddy talking about repping New York. Right.
--These tributes were underdeveloped. Less commercials! More music!
--Tribute part 2: How you give a No Limit tribute and not invite Mama Mia X?!??!
--Drake was an EPIC fail for trying to rap Pimp C. Seriously, folk.
-- Saddest part of the show: Trina’s bedazzled granny panties.
If there is ever a round two of Dirty South Hip Hop Honors, please do some research and don’t take the easy route. Deuces.