On this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with Bay Area rap legend Too $hort. The trio touch on a range of topics, including the evolution of the Bay Area hip-hop sound, Short Dog’s multiple retirements, the huge success he found working with artists outside his genre like Lil’ Jon and Biggie, his trademark persona as a pimp rapper, and why that seems to translate to such a wide audience.
Later, $hort gives his feelings on the #MeToo movement. He also discusses his versatility as an artist in balancing subject matter. He gives insight into his close friendship with Pimp C and what it was like being in the studio with Biggie. He tells about the early days making customized raps for the kingpins in his neighborhood, how dope money funded the early days of west coast rap, and Oakland’s identity of being the epicenter of the pimp game. Finally, Too $hort shares his experiences navigating 2Pac’s multiple personas and speaks on the future of Oakland’s state of gentrification.
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1:34 — $hort speaks on hearing hip-hop for the first time in ’79 through ‘Rapper’s Delight,’
and how he knew it was his destiny. He also touches on the foundation of bay area hip-hop finding their sound through sampling groups like Parliament/Funkadelic and how this later evolved into the Hyphy Movement.
8:20 — $hort explains how his multiple retirements were really just the beginnings of new phases in his career and expanding his horizons toward working with acts like Biggie, Jay-Z, and Lil’ Jon.
11:26 — $hort reminisces on his early days — parkin’ lot pimpin’ outside the clubs in Oakland.
13:23 — Talib brings up $hort’s hit song “Blow The Whistle” produced by Lil’ Jon, and asks him if he knew it was going to be such a monumental classic before it was released.
17:13 — Talib asks $hort what is so powerful about his trademark word “Bitch”. $hort talks about his niche in the rap game as that alter-ego pimp with an approach that people recognize as entertainment, not taking too seriously, just having fun with it.
21:05 — $hort speaks about hard lessons learned on how to navigate social media after a magazine article in XXL was completely misunderstood by the public.
24:27 — $hort talks about the #MeToo movement and the satisfaction he feels in seeing the rise of female rappers who emphasize strong sexual empowerment.
26:46 — Jasmin asks $hort if raising a daughter has changed his perspective and approach going forward in life.
28:02 — Talib tells $hort he taught him a lot with his ability to balance subject matter. While mostly being known for songs like “Freaky Tales” but still being able to turn around and make a hit conscious record like, “The Ghetto”.
30:19 — $hort opens up about working with Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy. He details what led to his infamous, off the top of the head monologue at the end of the song “The World Is Filled…” from Biggie’s album “Life After Death”.
34:50 — $hort talks about his two primary influences. Spoonie Gee being one side of that coin as the ladies man, and Melle Mel on the flip-side as the conscious street rapper.
37:28 — $hort gives insight on his close friendship with rapper Pimp C, and tells us what it was like going on tour with UGK. They also talk Scarface and Willie D running for city council.
40:55 — The trio discuss how Trump has changed the world of politics and $hort gives his take on one good thing that has come out of his presidency.
43:43 — $hort explains how dope money financed the early days of west coast rap, detailing his own experiences getting his career going, and explains how other west coast hip-hop artists like Dr. Dre and E-40 did the same.
49:26 — $hort talks about Oakland’s close knit community, and the trio discuss things of common it has with other cities that are similar in size and demographics.
53:52 — Jasmin asks $hort if he feels like hip-hop is the american dream personified.
57:31 — $hort speaks on making customized raps and putting them on tape for the local kingpins.
1:01:19 — $hort tells his story of how he and Tupac Shakur became friends, and speaks on his first-hand experiences of Pac’s multiple personas.
1:06:59 — Talib asks $hort to talk about Oakland being the epicenter of the pimp game, and asks what it is about the bay that attracted that element.
1:13:42 — $hort talks about the future of Oakland with regards to gentrification.
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Spotify Launching Tekashi 6ix9ine Podcast
Spotify and Complex drop the first episode of their “Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story” podcast this week
“It wasn’t just the music that got him attention, but his outspoken public persona and legal issues that overtook his career. The Infamous podcast dives into an eight-episode series which follows Daniel Hernandez’s transformation, from high school dropout working at a Brooklyn deli, trademark tattoos and rainbow hair, to a polarizing viral rapper, who beefed with anybody and everybody who stood in his way (i.e. The Game, YG, and Casanova, among others). Moreover, his affinity with courted local gang life paid a price not only for him, but anyone around him. With his closest allies now behind bars, Tekashi has to live the rest of his life, looking over his shoulder.
6ix9ine came out of nowhere to become 2018’s biggest new rapper. After a year of hits, beef, and gang violence, he was something else: hip-hop’s most famous cooperating witness. This is Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story, narrated by Angie Martinez.”
According to Complex, a new episode will consecutively drop every Tuesday for eight weeks straight and feature interviews from those who knew Tekashi most intimately.Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story will premiere on Spotify on January 28.
Gabrielle Union Fired From “America’s Got Talent” For Speaking Up About Racism & Sexism
Gabrielle Union was the #1 talent on network TV for 2019. ‘America’s Got Talent decided not to renew her contract after being the #1 talent on the show. Why?
So when i got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? Iam still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2019
Season 14 of America’s Got Talent ran from May to September of this year, crowning Kodi Lee as its winner. Terry Crews was introduced as this seasons new permanent host, as well as the addition of Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union as judges joining Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel at the judges table. The two replaced longtime judges Melanie Brown (Spice Girls) and model-host Heidi Klum.
On November 22nd multiple sources confirmed that Gabrielle Union & Julianne Hough would not be returning to the judges chair on their NBC hit show. According to reports from LoveBScott, the firing came as a result of Gabrielle Union speaking up about ‘problematic’ situations, including racism, sexism, and more.
A source from NBC told the outlet the following about Union’s reported firing:
“[Gabrielle’s] contract was not renewed after being the #1 talent on the show, NBC and network TV. She set the record for her Golden Buzzer. They only replace the women and blacks at Simon’s whim. She wouldn’t walk away from $12 million because she’s ‘busy.’ Based on weekly interactions on social media, by the time AGT finale aired Gabrielle was the #1 talent on network TV for 2019. Why not pick up someone’s option in extreme success?”
The source also alleges that the firing had nothing to do with either judge’s popularity–because both received more interactions than Howie Mandel, who still has a job.
“Social media engagement is the new measuring stick for talent and Simon isn’t on social media. Juliane and Gabrielle were both way higher ranked/engaged than Howie. The idea the network wants to ‘switch things up’ only applies to women and Black folks. Nick Cannon wasn’t crazy. He walked away from 8-figures over how [AGT] operates.”
Nick Cannon quit “America’s Got Talent” in 2017 after hosting 8 seasons. after being “threatened with termination by executives” over a joke he made about NBC on a Showtime comedy special.
“I was to be punished for a joke … My soul won’t allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices. Not to get too detailed but this isn’t the first time executives have attempted to ‘put me in my place’ for so-called unruly actions,” he wrote on Facebook. “I will not stand for it. My moral principles will easily walk away from the millions of dollars they hang over my head.”
YG Brings Fan On Stage To Yell “F**k Donald Trump,” Fan Refused
“I spotted you out of the crowd, I asked you if “you F* with Donald Trump?” and you said “You don’t know”….
— βαυδς (@theofficialacb) October 27, 2019
YG invited a fan on stage to yell out “F**k Donald Trump,” last night at Mala Luna Festival in San Antonio, Texas.
YG had spotted the fan in the crowd after asking the audience if they “F* with Donald Trump” to which the fan responded “He didn’t know.”
YG really kicked a bitch ass trump supporter off the stage, shit was live!0
— Yung Rae 👑 (@reagatron1) October 27, 2019
Onstage, YG asked the fan to publicly announce that he did not endorse Donald Trump by saying “F* Donald Trump”, the chorus of YG’s 2016 Protest song featuring the late recording artist Nipsey Hussle Tha Great.
He reminded him that his family would be able to see the recording via. social networking and the fan was not able to commit the act.
YG promptly kicked him offstage.
“Another example of the tolerant left,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham sarcastically told Fox News on Monday.
Donald Trump is currently under impeachment inquiry.
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