I am not 100% sure how I fit into the larger puzzle, but one of my personal goals is to become a "familiar" voice for Baltimore Hip Hop. I have made a few blunders along the way, but every day I progress. I have grown increasingly aware of the dangers that have hindered this area's progress in the past and will continue to do so unless we enact some change immediately. The immediate change that is required concerns our thinking. Because I know this to be true...I am very careful about the words I used to describe things.
I am NOT
tryna pick on him...because I think his blog [Status Ain't Hood
] and other writing [Pitchfork/ City Paper] is on point, but when I read the following line....I was kinda perplexed [for lack of a better word
".....The track*s organic thump resonates with Miami*s bass history and the stranglehold that mutant house music still holds on Baltimore*s black clubs, but it could work just as well in New York, where hopefully an Afrika Bambaataa sample can still trigger memories the same way a dusty jazz loop can....."[source: 4/17/06]
Which are the *white* clubs and which are the *black* clubs in Baltimore? And what do those distinctions mean? Thanks Tom for gettin this party started!!! LOL!
Aiiiiiiiight!!! I am no dummy....the division in the scene would be OBVIOUS to Stevie Wonder, but until recently it never even mattered to me. I hang out with people I am familiar with....so for the most part...I*d always hung out with black people. It wasn't until I started getting really involved with local rap that I started to realize that white folk wanted to hear more than Green Day in the club. I was ignorant and lacked exposure. I care now. Shucks ...there are some white folk that are bigger Hip Hop junkies than I...That's whats up!!! Buuuuuuuuut...I never made a decision to not go to a place because it was a "white" club. I wonder....do white people make the decision to not attend events at let*s say...The 5 Seasons because it's been added to white Baltimore*s list of "black" clubs? I have given plenty events at the 5 Seasons and always put my flyers in the same spots that Sonar advertises as well as the other spots like Good Love, Ottobar, Fletchers, Red maple....shucks I live in Charles Village....Record and Tape Traders is next door to my "hang out"....But I can literally count on my hands how many non-black faces I*ve ever seen in the spot. What's up with that?? How can I get a copy of that list?
Is it my name?.....Does C Love sound "Black"???...LOL!
Is it the name of the event? I guess *Get Throwed* is out of the question for the next show!!!
Is it the design of the flyer [what looks black or *ghetto*? Nooooow....I do see how the first *In the Field Flyer* was crossing the line...LOL!]
is it the venue??? I view the club scene and Hip Hop scenes as 2 separate entities. Maybe that is where the problems with labels begin. Have we made the mistake of not picking venues that white people already frequent.
Are the drink specials [or lack thereof] indicative of a black sponsored event???
Please...tell me!!! I am asking all this b/c I want to do better! I don't want to be known for giving *black* events if that is a bad thing. But if that is the case...WHY?...when we love Hip Hop [Do you know what Hip Hop iz?]....Im confused
There are very few events where there is an equal sampling of the Baltimore population. This has to improve!!! None of us will truly experience the joy that TRUE diversity could bring. I love that Hip Hop has enabled me to form friendships and alliances with people of other races, nationalities and persuasions....I wish others could feel a lil bit of what I feel.
Creating more of a melting pot at Baltimore Hip Hop events is one of the biggest obstacles that must be overcome. Our artists need the support of EVERYONE. Ghood music is supposed to be ghood music.....white folk know what is hot just like we do....and I am SORRY, but some of those local groups [who happen to also be white] that KEEP ON getting booked at SONAR suck!!!! Why give the people the impression that there is only one viewpoint that deserves consideration. We need to start spicing these shows up a bit!!!
I pray that the people who are out here writing under stand that since not many other people are mentioning us by name...we are responsible for shaping public perception. I am always very curious about what others think about our city....I love the fact that everyone sees something different. I appreciate the bouncing of ideas. I just pray that people give Baltimore Hip Hop [regardless if it's at a black club or white]
a chance. Lots of Baltimore artists are on Myspace ...really trying to get their name out there
. Get to know them....check out MY page
...I switch my music up often. Find a few acts that you like and when you see they have a show advertised GO
. That should be your thought process
. I have been going to events for almost 2 years on a regular basis and the only fight I EVER
saw was at a *white* club....feel me. People*s perceptions of Baltimore will determine if they are willing to venture out to a club or event.....can we all promise to keep that in mind. I could say stuff that would make black people not want to go to some of the "white" clubs, but I don*t
cause at the end of the day....It's all Hip Hop & opportunities are already limited.
As time goes on....I hope that more people will come out of the wood work and start talking about Baltimore Hip Hop. This is the only way that Baltimore as a whole can generate a buzz...a BUZZ for Baltimore as a whole is the only way that the whole City can benefit from our music.
If anyone wants to talk about how we can get some collaborative efforts together that will bring everyone together ...let*s talk. Make sure you are ready to keep it real or please believe I will call you on it. I can*t stand phony *ss people.
Food for thought:
Have black people stop liking Hip Hop?
Do we not like being around one another or around other races?
Do the promoters at the traditionally white clubs not care about the black dollar?
Is our presence not desired? If not, why? Are we perceived as trouble makers? Does our presence take away from the authenticity of the event? I ask myself the question of...."does it take away from the authenticity of the event"...because it seems like the only events that are labeled and celebrated as "real hip hop" generally are being given by non-black people.
Are we just harder to impress? Do we expect more from the acts than non-blacks?
Are all the things that are said about our superficialness true?
Does it take for someone else to show us something is hot before it becomes hot?
These are the kind of questions I ask myself?
Other stuff in the NEWS:
Baltimore's Rebel Sun
is here to let all you fake gangstas out there know a thing or 2 about living in a war zone.*
......The Q remains the best rap station I*ve ever heard, far-reaching and good-natured and locally connected to the point where they*ll throw an hour-long old-school Baltimore club mix on at noon on a Wednesday, with virtually no bourgie silk-shirt slow jams except during the obligatory midnight-love show...