Saturday, February 03, 2007

A Revolution Stunted: More on Keepin' It Real

In honor of The Roots'performances tonight, here's their video for "What They Do," which deflates one hip-hop video stereotype after another. This post in no way is stating that The Roots are part of the problem; we find them and their music to be the opposite. Instead of focusing on materialism and all the trappings that come along with that, The Roots go a bit deeper, keeping things live literally (they're an actual band) and figuratively. We think hip-hop and music in general has the power to change lives, but too much of what gets exposure is out to do nothing but "party all the time." We just want some balance in the commercial landscape.

For those of you interested in more music by The Roots, start here.

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  • I remember watching this video in college when I was 20. It rang true as not only the best hiphop song I had ever heard but also the most honest video I had ever seen on MTV.

    8 years later it is it still both.

    By Blogger Joel, at 3:02 AM  

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