Oct 17, 2011

Where has the "stupidness" gone from Hip Hop?

At first would you watch these two videos?

The former is Parliament, which is one of the most important funk bands in the 1970s. How stupid they were! (Of course I use the word "stupid" in a very very very very good sense.) At that time sound the conditions of the cool funk band were groovy sounds and stupid fashion, lyrics and behaviors. Uncool was cool. Parliament was the most uncool and cool funk band!

The latter is Kanye West and Jay-Z, who are two of the contemporary richest Hip Hop musicians. They aren't stupid at all. They are sophisticated and gorgeous. I like Jay-Z, but he isn't uncool cool but just cool.

At the beginning of Hip Hop history they were still stupid. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the origin of Hip Hop, were stupid enough to be uncool cool. Where has the "stupidness" gone from Hip Hop?

Ah, we have LMFAO! They are soooo stupid and uncool cool.

And George Clinton, the leader of Parliaments, is still stupid now!


  1. Dear Yagian,
    Thanks for this post, but I would ask an even larger question which is: where has gone the stupidness and silliness of the musical world. Although I am not and was never a fan of hip-hop, I was a huge fan of rock, punk, and pop, and I remember so well how silly, creative and utterly rebel the bands were in the 1970s and 1980s. Particularly in the rock, things were a mix of wild and really silly (have you seen concerts of Europe, Poison, Rat, etc? - They all look pretty silly with those huge hairs, tight leather trousers, and silly/mocking stares. See a concert from the band Twisted Sister and you will see what I am talking about. They were fantastic!). Let me advise you a movie that tells a lot about the silliness of those times: "Detroit Rock City" about a bunch of guys trying to see a Kiss concert in Detroit. It is hilariously silly and great at the same time. I think that feeling died a little in our times - too much style and celebrity feelings and less - let it flow feelings.

  2. Thank you for your comment as always.
    I love the 70s' music, so I understand what you mean very well. I'll watch "Detroit Rock City", thank you.