Electro-Pop Is The New Black

One of the reasons why I enjoy rap music so much is because of the many styles it has introduced, incorporated and influenced over the past decades. It’s quite interesting to see a song like Sting’s somber “Shape Of My Heart” (only one of the greatest songs of all time!) get flipped as the backdrop for Nas’ delusional rhymes on “The Message.”

Okay, that may not have been the best example. But I’m sure you know what I mean.

Rap has spent so much time being such a thugged-out militant-slash-street reporter that anything that remotely resembles softness was struck down by its critical Hand Of God, despite that many of the things considered soft today was wholly accepted during hip hop’s early stages. We are quick to clown and “no homo” anybody who slides into a pair or red, meatwatcher jeans, ignoring the fact tight, form-fitting garments were the choice fashion back in the day. Granted, androgyny was also a way of life for some those days also, so obviously times were greatly different then. But I’m straying from the point.

With more artists injecting a sense of emotional vulnerability into their raps the accompanying backdrops have also been altered, and instead of crate digging to use a lift a clip from an obscure artist from the 70s more producers are using everything from Vanessa Carlton to Paul Anka. So seeing Daft Punk being sampled into a song from Kanye five years ago was almost natural at that point; hell, I wish it had happened during my barely-out-of-high-school days. I can only imagine if something like “One More Time” was sampled before Kanye made it all trendy to do so.

“One More Time” bangs.

Speaking of Kanye, his G.O.O.D. Music compatriots have compelled him to explore sounds that are more suburban than street as well. Mr. Hudson and KiD CuDi’s influences were all over 808s & Heartbreak, resulting in a album that sounded like it could have came out in during the 1980s pop music rush. Now he’s linked up with Jay-Z and Mr. Alicia Keys himself, Swizz Beatz, on the over-the-top remix to “Power.” The original, which already sampled *checks Wikipedia* an obscure British rock band, was fine, but its rehash reminds me of effervescent “We Built This City” from the late, great Starship, before Swizz had to go and toss in a sample of “The Power” by Snap! to boot. All I need now is for C&C Music Factory to make a comeback, and my childhood cipher will be complete.

It’s actually quite refreshing to see new sounds being introduced, without it looking contrived like that random Nelly and Tim McGraw song. My hopes now are that I get to see someone sample my favorite Ace of Base song, “The Sign,” before I die, so that I may do so in peace.

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  • http://www.youlovesomethingexplosive.com Fudopi

    that nelly x tim mcgraw song was dope.

    • Meka

      fuck you
      die

    • BEasy

      You’re a fucktard!

      • Smoke Glockington

        Look at this whiteboy using whiteboy ass terms like fucktard. Go back to prep school and stay off hiphop sites lil boy. smh

    • piss dolphin

      After spending the last few days in limbo, it was announced last night that Wyclef Jean is not allowed to run for President of Haiti, because he did not meet his native land’s requirements for office, stating that all candidates have lived in the country for the last five years.

      In a statement Clef said he will not contest the ruling. “I was inspired to run for president because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader,” he said. “But ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.”

      ‘Clef first officially announced his intentions to run for the highest office on the island on August 5.

      Even before the decision was made, the former member of The Fugees member made clear his intentions to work towards social change in Haiti—whether or not he held political office. “If I’m turned down…what we will do is—we have the movement for the youth, which is called Fas a Fas and the political party, which is called Vive a Sum, living together,” he told Larry King. “We will continue to fight…to give kids [a good education], which is one of the number one things in the Constitution, the Haitian Constitution, says all kids should have privilege to a free education. And that’s something that we’re going to push on, whether I make it or not.”

      Pras, a Haiti-American himself, was not supporting the campaign of his former groupmate. “I endorse Michel Martell as the next president of Haiti because he is the most competent candidate for the job,” he said earlier this month in a statement.

      The Haitian Press Association has reported that United Nations peacekeeping forces are in Haiti ready to handle any possible incidents that arise in light of the decision. Clef had already received death threats on the heels of his announcement and was reportedly in hiding earlier this week. —Adam FleischerAfter spending the last few days in limbo, it was announced last night that Wyclef Jean is not allowed to run for President of Haiti, because he did not meet his native land’s requirements for office, stating that all candidates have lived in the country for the last five years.

      In a statement Clef said he will not contest the ruling. “I was inspired to run for president because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader,” he said. “But ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.”

      ‘Clef first officially announced his intentions to run for the highest office on the island on August 5.

      Even before the decision was made, the former member of The Fugees member made clear his intentions to work towards social change in Haiti—whether or not he held political office. “If I’m turned down…what we will do is—we have the movement for the youth, which is called Fas a Fas and the political party, which is called Vive a Sum, living together,” he told Larry King. “We will continue to fight…to give kids [a good education], which is one of the number one things in the Constitution, the Haitian Constitution, says all kids should have privilege to a free education. And that’s something that we’re going to push on, whether I make it or not.”

      Pras, a Haiti-American himself, was not supporting the campaign of his former groupmate. “I endorse Michel Martell as the next president of Haiti because he is the most competent candidate for the job,” he said earlier this month in a statement.

      The Haitian Press Association has reported that United Nations peacekeeping forces are in Haiti ready to handle any possible incidents that arise in light of the decision. Clef had already received death threats on the heels of his announcement and was reportedly in hiding earlier this week. —Adam FleischerAfter spending the last few days in limbo, it was announced last night that Wyclef Jean is not allowed to run for President of Haiti, because he did not meet his native land’s requirements for office, stating that all candidates have lived in the country for the last five years.

      In a statement Clef said he will not contest the ruling. “I was inspired to run for president because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader,” he said. “But ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.”

      ‘Clef first officially announced his intentions to run for the highest office on the island on August 5.

      Even before the decision was made, the former member of The Fugees member made clear his intentions to work towards social change in Haiti—whether or not he held political office. “If I’m turned down…what we will do is—we have the movement for the youth, which is called Fas a Fas and the political party, which is called Vive a Sum, living together,” he told Larry King. “We will continue to fight…to give kids [a good education], which is one of the number one things in the Constitution, the Haitian Constitution, says all kids should have privilege to a free education. And that’s something that we’re going to push on, whether I make it or not.”

      Pras, a Haiti-American himself, was not supporting the campaign of his former groupmate. “I endorse Michel Martell as the next president of Haiti because he is the most competent candidate for the job,” he said earlier this month in a statement.

      The Haitian Press Association has reported that United Nations peacekeeping forces are in Haiti ready to handle any possible incidents that arise in light of the decision. Clef had already received death threats on the heels of his announcement and was reportedly in hiding earlier this week. —Adam FleischerAfter spending the last few days in limbo, it was announced last night that Wyclef Jean is not allowed to run for President of Haiti, because he did not meet his native land’s requirements for office, stating that all candidates have lived in the country for the last five years.

      In a statement Clef said he will not contest the ruling. “I was inspired to run for president because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader,” he said. “But ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.”

      ‘Clef first officially announced his intentions to run for the highest office on the island on August 5.

      Even before the decision was made, the former member of The Fugees member made clear his intentions to work towards social change in Haiti—whether or not he held political office. “If I’m turned down…what we will do is—we have the movement for the youth, which is called Fas a Fas and the political party, which is called Vive a Sum, living together,” he told Larry King. “We will continue to fight…to give kids [a good education], which is one of the number one things in the Constitution, the Haitian Constitution, says all kids should have privilege to a free education. And that’s something that we’re going to push on, whether I make it or not.”

      Pras, a Haiti-American himself, was not supporting the campaign of his former groupmate. “I endorse Michel Martell as the next president of Haiti because he is the most competent candidate for the job,” he said earlier this month in a statement.

      The Haitian Press Association has reported that United Nations peacekeeping forces are in Haiti ready to handle any possible incidents that arise in light of the decision. Clef had already received death threats on the heels of his announcement and was reportedly in hiding earlier this week. —Adam FleischerAfter spending the last few days in limbo, it was announced last night that Wyclef Jean is not allowed to run for President of Haiti, because he did not meet his native land’s requirements for office, stating that all candidates have lived in the country for the last five years.

      In a statement Clef said he will not contest the ruling. “I was inspired to run for president because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader,” he said. “But ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.”

      ‘Clef first officially announced his intentions to run for the highest office on the island on August 5.

      Even before the decision was made, the former member of The Fugees member made clear his intentions to work towards social change in Haiti—whether or not he held political office. “If I’m turned down…what we will do is—we have the movement for the youth, which is called Fas a Fas and the political party, which is called Vive a Sum, living together,” he told Larry King. “We will continue to fight…to give kids [a good education], which is one of the number one things in the Constitution, the Haitian Constitution, says all kids should have privilege to a free education. And that’s something that we’re going to push on, whether I make it or not.”

      Pras, a Haiti-American himself, was not supporting the campaign of his former groupmate. “I endorse Michel Martell as the next president of Haiti because he is the most competent candidate for the job,” he said earlier this month in a statement.

      The Haitian Press Association has reported that United Nations peacekeeping forces are in Haiti ready to handle any possible incidents that arise in light of the decision. Clef had already received death threats on the heels of his announcement and was reportedly in hiding earlier this week. —Adam Fleischer

  • LV

    Finally.. Someone agrees with me.. One More Time needed to be sampled years ago. smh

    • Teddy

      Dude almost anything Daft Punk is good enough to be sampled. “One More Time” still goes so hard in every way. From Production to originality to creativity. Infact that whole entire album their first album was done in their apartment. No Studio. They did that whole album with some home made crap shit and it sounds better than most songs.

      So guess its no wonder why Disney picked them to the Music for Tron. Which will be Jizztastic!!! (No Homo. lol.)

      • LV

        Dont ever respond to me bitch ass faggot i will end your life nigga on my family i swear it pussy. damn

        • LV

          Lmfao.. You sir are a #FAIL at copying people. At least use punctuation if you want to be me hommie.

        • LV

          lol look @ this gay nigga mad cuz someone used his homo ass name what a bitch u gonna go cry to yo stankin ass momma some more? thought so bitch nigga hahahahaa

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  • Sha

    Your mom is the new prostitute.

  • http://www.wevegotthejazz.com kevin

    My hopes now are that I get to see someone sample my favorite Ace of Base song, “The Sign,” before I die, so that I may do so in peace.

    Charles Hamilton sampled Ace of Base’s The Sign already on his My Brain Is Alive mixtape. The song was entitled Highschool Reunion.

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  • El Tico Loco

    form-fitting garments were the choice fashion back in the day.
    ^^^^

    WRONG! There was no choice that all there was on the racks, now these younger cats choose skinny jeans even tho there are other options. But hey as long they don’t try that shit with shorts we straight-no homo.

    • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

      word Tico.

      Yo Meka,

      Rap fans have been listening to club/house/techno for years. Didn’t you even chime in on the Paradise Garage convo months back?

      audio tech what’s good fam?

  • Illes1

    I hate this new pop shit. not cause its soft. because its pop not hiphop. sure, if you wanna sample somthing and you can make it slap go ffor it. i dont give a fuck. just make it sound good enough for a smooth ride in my car. the message slaps and you know it.

  • audio tech

    not surprised at all that XXL and it’s staff LOVE this new wave of faggedy ann music..just look at the “bangers” section and who ya’ll promote as next ‘emcees’ to blow up(or just blow period)and we can all see the machine’s agenda..enjoy the minstrel show while it lasts

    • Afrikah Bokinde

      Enjoy crying cause your punk ass cant handle that people dont wanna hear faggots whine about being broke over some shit ass break loops and sorry ass scratches. Get a life pussy nigga and learn something.

      Also fuck this article and the bitch that wrote it.

      • audio tech

        u can’t have it both ways nigga, i kno ur bi-sexuality wont let u comprehend that

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  • HellNaw

    Funny … i remember Ace of Base.

    Hip Hop is at it’s best when it is merging differing influences of all kinds of music.It needs to keep changing influences to keep fresh.From rock, elctro and hindi (where the fukk is Truth Hurts?!).

    Even as a boom-bap purist i appreciate that it’s not for everyone and in order for the artists that i like to still be around they gotta make some tracks to keep them in throw-back jerseys, Italian jeans and watches from Switzerland.

  • keyolanda

    I THINK THATS WHY THAT DR DRE TURN ME ON IS SO IMPRESSIVE CAUSE IT GOES TO ELECTRO HOP INSTEAD OF ELECTROPOP FOR INSPIRATION . I HAVE A FEELING THAT SONG IS GONNA BE A CLASSIC CAUSE ITLL BE UNFINISHED

    • MALKEM ECZ

      “I THINK THATS WHY THAT DR DRE TURN ME ON”

      Nigga u a faggot!!!!!

  • Ump

    I have a feeling Meka rocks man purses.

  • 6 100

    You’re name is Meka.

    You have fashion dreds

    To you Shape Of My Heart is only one of the greatest songs of all time

    You think One More Time bangs. Only gay clubs play that song

    You accecorize with a satchel(man-purse).

    You obviously have had a stoat up your coat on multiple occasions.

    Just because you embrace your homosexuality doesnt mean you have to force it on otheres[||]

  • NotoriousAGC

    somebody fire this nigga MEKA please!.

    LOL@ meka’s pic, he looks like don cheadle peaking his head no ?