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Watch This: A Beatboxed History of Hip Hop (VIDEO)

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  • February 1, 2011
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Watch This: A Beatboxed History of Hip Hop (VIDEO)

For those of you interested in this history of hip hop, but don’t have time to read about it, check this out. 

In four minutes, French DJ/beatboxer EKLIPS enacts out a 30-year oral history of hip hop for French TV channel Trace Urban by sampling it one beat to the next: 

Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaata, Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh, Eric B & Rakim, Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, KRS One, Nas, Gang Starr, Old Dirty Bastard, The Notorious BIG, Tupac, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, M.O.P, Pharaoh Monch, Terror Squad, Bone Thugs n’Harmony, Eminem & Dr Dre, Dr Dre, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Jay Z, and Kanye West.  

All in one take.

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10:30PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

wow...really good!congrats!

12:06PM PST on Feb 3, 2011

I like hip-hop, but I've got real issues with its sexist lyrics. Just a VERY small example: "If you're havin' girl problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a b*tch ain't one" (Jay-Z); Bustah Rhymes: "tap mistresses and banging b*tches in videos....funny how the chickens all be servin' us...all up in between the *ss where they wanna carry us" (Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See-- and I love that beat---why ruin it with those sexist lyrics)? It's all b*tches, hoes, and... "big pimpin'" (Jay Z): "In the cut where I keep 'em, till I need a nut, till I need to beat the guts, then it's beep beep and I'm pickin' em up, Let em play with the d*ck in the truck." And let's not forget Eminem's infamous use of homophobic and sexist (often violent) lyrics. I know a few (not enough) mainstream female artists (Lil' Kim) turn the tables & use really sexual lyrics to poke fun at men. Some controversial (sexist/homophobic) lyrics are supposedly "raw" and ironic, but often they're just annoying and offensive-- not really that funny or creative. Rock is also rife with violent and prejudiced lyrics--it shouldn't get off the hook for it, either. This isn't even getting into the content in music videos. What has happened to the progressive nature of hip-hop, or even just good songs that aren't full of sexism? There are some, and I know there ARE artists out there making good music, but they need to be given more of a "mainstream" voice. This "history of hip-hop" highlights tha

5:04PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Thanks, I liked it but it would be too hard to dance to.

4:51PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

gave me a headache..

4:49PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

never been my style but who ever likes it, go for it.

1:16PM PST on Feb 2, 2011

This guy could give Bobby McFerrin a run for his money...

11:44AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

no matter if you likeit or not, hes good:)

9:25AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Barbara Kanyaen: Here's a little French lesson for you ;) :

Généralement, les gens qui savent peu parlent beaucoup, et les gens qui savent beaucoup parlent peu. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

9:22AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Peter H: cheers for your comments you're spot on...

9:21AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

ANita B: "Just found it utterly boring, roll back to the 1950s when singers actually sang songs with words that had meaning also were understood by all. If only we could roll back those crazy, yet happy times......"

Yes, if we could only roll back Civil Rights, bring back the Cold War, and once again call into mind the various inequalities the world over at the time and the inane social and political policies of the time. I appreciate the roots of rock, without it the genre wouldn't have evolved to where it is now. However, it seems a bit convenient to evoke "happy times", which weren't really. I'd prefer the angst and vitriol of the late 70s and the dawning of punk and hip-hop any day but I am AWARE that without the rock and blues of those prior, neither of these would have existed.


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