Exciting News!

Source: Natalie Dee

Hey guys! As you’ve probably guessed: I’ve got some exciting news! And I’m going to tell you what that is….now *drumroll* I have a radio show! After a quick run-through of the studio today, the show (New JAC City) will be up and running this Sunday the 14th from 12-1pm. It is a Hip Hop and RnB program that will feature fresh new hits, old school faves, interviews, juicy gossip from planet Hip Hop and announce urban events happening in Brisbane. New JAC City will air on JACradio; the School of Journalism and Communications digital station at The University of Queensland. The name of the show is a take off of the 1991 urban classic New Jack City and coincides with the station title.

To listen, head to http://www.jacradio.com.au every Sunday from 12-1pm. Follow New JAC City on Twitter (@NewJACCity) and check out the Facebook page to find out what’s going to be on the next show as well as a complete track list.

I can’t wait to get started, it’s going to be so much fun and I hope you enjoy it! 😀

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Whackity Whack Lyrics

Can somebody please tell me what in the world this means?:

“Man me too hurry up with da kool aid
Aight ta weeeeeeeeeee!
Aye dis dat fye kool aid nigga
I’m ta I swear ta god!
We gota anotha ‘clusive man.”

………………………………wtf :(?

These lyrics are from a song called Kool Aid by the Pop it off Boyz and all i can say after hearing that is….”cocain is a hell of a drug!” “I swear ta god” these guys must have been smoking something strong as hell when writing this. I was listening to it with one of my best friends and it got me scratching my mind and thinking about other lyrics that make NO sense at all, and really when it comes to rap there’s a wide selection *cough* LIL WAYNE *cough*. -Sidenote: Speaking of Lil Wayne, half the time in all his songs he is just coughing, burping, laughing like a maniac and just making weird noises, period. I love it though!-

I’m a huge fan of JB the Poet and in one of his recent posts he mentions another rap quirk- lyrics that don’t match titles. For example, Rapper Song Title: “I love my mama” .. Lyrics: “I ran in that f*** n**** house & shot em in the HEAD!” I’ve found A LOT of new era rappers do maybe a few lines relating to the title then just talk about random things for the other 3 minutes.

Then you have the artists who don’t say anything BUT the title the whole song; main offender- Soulja Boy Tell’em. How is it that people get mad when their parents order them to do something more than once, but this guy tells you to ‘crank that’ 20 million times and gets no1 on the Billboard charts? It’s not just that song either, it’s every single song on his first and second album….but hey the dude has a freakin remote controlled black diamond lamborghini chain, he’s gotta be doing something right!

I will find more examples of the crazy lyrics and lyrics that don’t match the title, but for now here are some very repetitive songs repetitive songs.

Sidenote: Crank Dat is actually one of my favourite songs ever ^_^

Nightclub Review: The Pressure Lounge

I had never been to the Calamvale Hotel before and its reputation as a “Bogan filled stink hole” (as one of my friends so kindly put it) didn’t have me knocking down the door to get in. However, said friend had not been since its renovation, and my boyfriend assured me I would love it.

Unfortunately, he said this on the way to the venue, just before we heard that there had been a bomb threat. Argh! Not a good start; but after being given the all clear we pushed on, getting closer and closer to what I was sure was going to be a bad night. “If one guy grabs my bot bot, we are leaving,” I thought to myself.

As we pulled up to the venue I’m impressed with how nice it looks: its white shade sail roof gives an impression of cleanliness and class. I was not expecting to enjoy any aspects of The Vale, however, I mustn’t let my guard down too soon as looks can be deceiving.

We arrived at around 9:30pm (before the large crowd that is usually expected after 10:00pm) so we jumped straight to the front of the line to have our I.D. checked. Again, I unexpectedly thought something about The Vale was kind of cool: after the bouncer scrutinised my Learner’s License, he scanned it and I was required to have my photo taken, both to be put in the hotel’s system. This process is required to keep tabs on troublemakers and ensure anyone who is banned, stays banned. It was the most high tech security system I had experienced in all my clubbing years, and I felt a great sense of safety and security. My curiosity to find out what was waiting on the other side of the doors suddenly peaked and my constant complaining that we were there at all lightened.

Our crew started off with a laid back sing-a-long session to the live band playing Aussie classics in the Circuit Bar. The bar is plain and small, with seating for about 16 people, and is usually counted as ‘pre-drinks’ for Pressure Lounge goers. Despite being an RnB girl myself, I had a great time singing with the band and strongly recommend anyone interested in going to the Pressure Lounge to make a stop at the Circuit Bar first.

“Okay, here we go.” I made my way to The Pressure Lounge, still with some doubt, but mostly with excitement – I had had a fun night so far and was now looking forward to what else The Vale had to offer. We walked in.

My first thought? “Wow.” The Pressure Lounge is The Vale’s RnB/Hip Hop club and it is huge! A long bar stretched along the back wall serves up standard drinks for the standard price of around $8-$10; there are bar-style tables with stools in the back left corner and a well lit couched area in the back right, and two podiums equipped with stripper poles on either side of the dance floor. Despite the dance floor coming close to the size of Mystique’s, it was packed and the DJ spinning a mix of 80% mainstream Hip Hop and 20% old school Hip Hop. There were much less fitted cap and baggy jean wearers than I thought there would be as well. Everyone seemed to be there to have a good time and weren’t judgemental on the dance floor, which meant I could dance as crazily as I wanted and people would join in… and that’s exactly what I did all night.

I loved my experience at The Vale and recommend it for all RnB/Hip Hop lovers!

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Hip Hop Too Bootylicious?

Source: necolebitchie.com

Hip Hop isn’t exactly the most modest of music genres. It has come under a lot of fire recently because of its tendency to be more about the booty than the poetics; although this could be a metaphor. With 90% of music charts consisting of Urban songs, artists are certainly reaping a large booty for their promiscuous portrayals, and proving that sex does in fact sell. However, with great popularity comes great responsibility and for these artists the responsibility of being good role models for young fans doesn’t seem to be a priority.  Parents, psychologists and even some rappers agree that the sexual content displayed in Hip Hop songs, music videos and even artists dress sense and behaviour is forcing young fans, particularly female, to grow up too quickly.

In a recent interview, clinical psychologist Lucy Tan listed becoming sexually active at a younger age as a negative effect, but stated that it is a mix of influences that leads to this, “This decision will be influenced by…peer pressure and also pressure from the media, which does include music artists and videos,” (full audio below). New York based rapper Khalil Armstead agrees that mainstream Hip Hop is having a negative effect on young listeners saying that it is, “…one of the most influential tools these days,” and even referring to it as “brainwashing” and “sad,” (full video below).

Three culprits of ‘musical sexual abuse’ are Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Lil Kim, who are very well known for their controversy-causing outfits, and crudely sexual song lyrics and music videos. They claim their sex appeal status is a way of encouraging young fans to be strong, independent people who embrace their sexuality, but Lucy says this is rubbish, “Young fans would not guess they are encouraging independence from their actions…there is no indication in their lyrics or music videos that they are doing this.” Khalil agrees it does send mixed messages, however, says the artists’ are not to blame, “[Artists’] are just puppets; somebody is telling them to do that.”

When asked if they think Hip Hop was too sexual and if this was having an negative effect on listeners, the majority of young fans in Brisbane, Australia said yes on both counts (full audio below). Although consumers recognise the genre does glorify sex, it continues to grow in popularity; Khalil sums this up by stating “Hip Hop is…a business and in a business you have to make money…and everyone knows that sex sells.”

Click here to take a loot at rappers expressing their sexuality.

Click here to take a look at sexually focused urban t-shirt designs.

Lucy Tan interview:

Vox pop:

Urban T-Shirt Designs

Rappers Expressing Their Sexuality