[JPL] Re' Kenny Drew Jr's remarks = Response to Arturo
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YSP7 at aol.com
Sun Apr 16 16:39:15 EDT 2006
I think you missed the point completely.
The "Visual" Rap/HipHop videos --- what ever YOU want to call it IS NOT
Your monologue on Aristotle, select history of Black music with
innvovations in Jazz -- bebop, swing,etc., 1950's Rock & Roll, Rhythm&Blues and the rest
of modern popular music -- has absolutely NOTHING to do with what Kenny
Drew Jr. was talking about nor was he in the category of "dismissing current
music by elders..." etc., etc.
Drew made a point when he said: " ... when I first started studying
music.... I was told (it) had to consist of three elements: melody, harmony and
rhythm. Rap ...... has basically discarded the first two elements and is left with
nothing but rhythm . Since only one element is present in most of this crap
it doesn't even justify being called music. "
Also , what I have heard -- with very few exceptions -- is that any music
that is 'found' in most of the Hip Hop/Rap offerings is never original but
'borrowed ' from some earlier Pop, Jazz or 'Old School' R &B songs
and just "looped" over and over and over....
This should not be considered "sour grapes "-- just the truth .... Rap is
spoken word ( and most of it is not very good spoken word at that ). A rap/hip
hop missive like "Its hard out there for a pimp" being given an Academy award
(what a joke that was) still does not make it legitimate music. (You
should be hear the flack artists get from audiences in clubs -- totally baffled by
the acceptance of "Its hard out there to be a pimp"). Does this academy
award mean that artists have to start doing: "It's hard out there..." "My Hump
" "Back that *** up *****" , etc., etc., in a well-arranged Jazz fashion?
By the way, the so-called "underground" Hip hop/ Rappers and their music
labels don't need you to feel sorry for their lack of exposure -- they still
make more money than YOU could even imagine. Again, this is not Sour Grapes by
the way, Just trying to "Keep it real"
Proud to be an 'Old School' Jazz Vocalist,
Los Angeles CA
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