12 Nov 2007, 03:58
I love music that's just a hair on either side of hope and melancholy. No, it's not Bach
that does it for me, although people tell me he's good. Its hip hop's vibrations that hit that emotional spot. I mean the whole massive genre, of course, not just whatever pigeonholed idea fans and non-fans alike may have about hip hop.
Modern hip hop producers are allowed to creatively package aural input from any funky cranny of the universe, and good hip hop production continues to surprise with unique soundscapes. But, as much as I love great instrumental hip hop, the music alone can't quite do it. Beats alone are like seeing a fine female body part without the rest of the beautiful, intelligent, classy, confident, sexy woman attached.
To really get my neurons firing, a hip hop song has to come with tapestries of lyrical styles woven throughout the track, like some kind of sick, crazy, funky, extraterrestrial producer-emcee mind meld. Good music drips with truth…