Meeting Recaps: November 8th, 2017

SoHHL Meeting Recap: November 8th, 2017

Meek Mill Court Drama

Background Information:Meek

Just this Monday, November 6th, Meek Mill appeared in court where he was sentenced to two to four years in prison due to a pair of arrests made earlier this year which violated his probation. Meek had been involved in a fight at a St. Louis airport back in March and was recently arrested for recklessly driving his motorbike (literally just popping wheelies left and right) in New York City in August. The legal issues began long before his rise to fame, dating back to his younger days in Philadelphia where he was arrested for drug possession in 2007. Since then, he has had multiple run-ins with the criminal justice system. Here’s a look at the timeline of events:

2008 – Meek Mill heads to prison for the first time

2012 – Halloween arrest

2014 – Violates probation

2016 – Violates parole, again

2017 – St. Louis Airport scuffle, rides “recklessly” through New York City streets

Meek had avoided jail time for his most recent arrests. Although on this particular occasion, his presiding judge was not so forgiving and made it clear that she’d had enough. Judge Brinkley told Meek, “I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court.” As Meek was taken into custody, rap peers offered him some encouraging words including A$AP Ferg, Nipsey Hussle, YG, Kevin Hart, JAY-Z, Rick Ross and more.

The attorney associated with Meek’s case, Joe Tacopina, vows to appeal his client’s ruling and tackle Judge Brinkley’s decision, citing that she has a personal vendetta against the Philly rapper. “She’s enamored with him,” Tacopina told Billboard. “She showed up at his community service for the homeless people. She showed up and sat at the table. Furthermore, she requested that he re-record a Boyz II Men song and shout her out, and how she wanted him to leave Roc Nation to sign with a friend of hers.

Main Discussion Points:

  • In general, people are upset over the situation – believe he is receiving too harsh of a punishment
  • A lot of artists, who are in the phase of becoming more popular, hold previous charges and aren’t completely separated from their lifestyle in the streets – makes it easier for them to stir trouble because that’s what they grew up on
  • As a rising artist, conditions of probation can be hard to meet due to their demanding lifestyle
  • Some individuals believe that the demand of an artists’ lifestyle should be considered while on parole
  • Do you believe more in punishment or in restoration?
  • Need to find ways to prevent artists from doing bad things in the future – maybe probation doesn’t work as well as some may think
  • Should always wish the best for an artist – want them to go make their money & reach a platform
  • Probation is a rehabilitation period – time to get reemerged into society, it varies in terms of the laws in their area & the way their parole officer operates
  • Why bring up the previous charges now? – seems like they’re just setting them up
  • Was the judge attempting to look out for him? – could be a good thing that she
  • Other people are out here doing worse things & receiving lesser charges

Eze’s Artist Showcase – Foggieraw

Songs Showcased:

  • Foggieraw – “Look Like Porzingis” w/ Erik Kingsley
  • Foggieraw – “U Can’t Be My Baby” w/ DJ Yung Vamp

Main Discussion Points:

  • Utilizes mumble rapping technique – although he’s not on a tradition trap mumble rap beat
  • Large majority felt that he’s trash – he’s not going w the beat & the music seems to be more comedic
  • His comic delivery – makes use of comedic spacing, although it doesn’t go w his flow melodically

Song Suggestions

Dax – “Dear EX” (Loyalty Remix)

  • Some thought it was very standard, nothing special about it – not bringing anything new to the table, corny

Dax – “I Want” (Official Music Video)

  • Better than the last song

Main Discussion Points:

  • Larger consensus that Dax is a good rapper – “Dear Ex” had some good bars
  • How he proposed the message of his experience was dope, wasn’t saying he was a great rapper per say
  • Expression of self & how others relate to it – Songs are good when they evoke emotion. You don’t have to have the best lyrics or beat as long as an individual has a spiritual connection w the message.

Jedi Mind Tricks (Vinnie Paz + Stoupe) – “Razorblade Salvation” feat. Shara Worden

  • Rapping from the perspective of someone going to Vietnam
  • Poetic, delivered well, enabled story telling

Andre 3000 – “Sixteen” (Solo)

Loaded Lux Freestyles on Flex

  • Past few videos show the culture of “real” hip hop, artists who aren’t popular in mainstream categories – those are punchline heavy rappers, many from New York/east coast in general
  • Joey Bada$$ is the most currently know person with these aspects
  • Some artists are considered rap legends but don’t have mainstream hits
  • These artists lack subject & melodic delivery
  • Last time a freestyle truly was off the dome – the 90s

King Los Destroyed the 5 Fingers of Death on Sway in the Morning

  • Truly off the dome

Joey Bada$$ Impressed by YouTube Rapper Harry Mack’s Freestyle 

Announcements

  • This Friday the 11th, from 6-8 in Tidewater B of Sadler, the African Cultural Society (ACS) is presenting a benefit dinner & auction where there will be a special performance from members of SoHHL – Sivon, Kamiyah & Huey Shy!! Proceeds from the gift basket auction will go to Read 2 Lead Philanthropy. Entrance fee of $3. DRESS TO IMPRESS!!
  • Don’t hesitate to submit some writing to Sam at sjhuffman@email.wm.edu for the SoHHL website!! It could be as simple as introducing yourself, explaining why you joined SoHHL and listing a few of your favorite artists/songs/albums. This is a great way to still contribute to the club if you aren’t very comfortable with speaking during meetings. Be involved.
  • Next meeting is on Wednesday November 15th in Morton 40 @ 7:00 – make more of an effort to be on time everyone!!!

Amaya Ashe

SoHHL Meeting Recap: November 1st, 2017

SoHHL Meeting Recap: November 1st, 2017

Is Drake an Emotional Rapper?Drake

  • Example: “Marvin’s Room”
  • Every rapper makes you feel emotion. Therefore, the question should instead be: is Drake a “sensitive” rapper?
  • Does putting your emotions on a track make you a soft rapper?
  • Example: A Boogie – majority agreed he’s a soft rapper
  • Is Drake soft because he sang it or is he soft because of the context?
  • Example: “Trust Issues” – Drake begins by singing, then switches to rapping
  • Vocals vs. rapping: being able to do both is called talent – this is what makes someone an artist
  • Global misinterpretation of Drake’s singing: the emotion truly comes from the lyrics when he’s rapping
  • Example: “Doing It Wrong”
  • Is there such thing as a sensitive rapper?
  • Different audiences you have to connect to as an artist
  • Drake is expanding hip-hop in a different direction: “sing-rapping”
  • Is sensitive rap a genre?: No
  • Gangster rap vs. sensitive rap
  • Drake is making all genres of music – this is what makes him a well-rounded artist
  • Delivery has something to do with how we classify an artist
  • Truly a combination of subject and delivery

How would music be different if we took away the layers (harmonies, ad-libs, etc.)?

  • It would suck
  • Lyrics would begin to matter a lot
  • Layers are what makes the sound full
  • A lot of artists today wouldn’t succeed without layers
  • Lacking layers shows who can really spit
  • Example: Desiigner, Lil Dicky & Anderson .Paak’s 2016 XXL Freshmen Cypher
  • Desiigner’s ad-libs added to Anderson .Paak’s part
  • Example: Reed Dollaz (Freestyle) – “American Hustle”
  • Suga Free Classic – “Do it like I’m used to it”
  • Good enunciation

Sexism in Rap

  • As a women, it can be difficult to listen to hip-hop when 75% of the time artists are saying things against them – they may enjoy the sound but not the content
  • Rappers can say the “B” word – seen as interchangeable with the “N” word
  • Example: “Doves in the Wind” – Kendrick devalues women to their body parts
  • When artists bring up race in their lyrics – always about a white girl
  • Cheap shots taken at white women
  • Truly a gender issue
  • Boosts male ego to say white girl
  • Should we boycott sexist music altogether?
  • Can’t make the whole world stop listening when sexism is engrained in culture

Some Music that the Pres. Recommends: 

  • Will Smith
  • Common
  • Rapsody
  • Talib Kweli
  • Queen Latifa

New Music?

  • Rich The Kid – “New Freezer” ft. Kendrick Lamar
  • Rapsody – “Laila’s Wisdom”
  • IDK – “17 Wit A 38” ft. Chief Keef
  • “Banana Clip” – Bali Baby ft. K Mitch
  • 21 Savage & Metro Boomin – “My Choppa Hate N*****s”

Announcements

  • Don’t hesitate to submit some writing to Sam at sjhuffman@email.wm.edu for the SoHHL website!! It could be as simple as introducing yourself, explaining why you joined SoHHL and listing a few of your favorite artists/songs/albums. This is a great way to still contribute to the club if you aren’t very comfortable with speaking during meetings. Be involved.
  • Next meeting is on Wednesday, November 8th in Morton 40 @ 7:00 – make more of an effort to be on time everyone!!!

 

-Amaya Ashe