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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Intelligent Hoodlum - Grand Groove

So I was looking around for some detail on this track, and suddenly I'm on this page on which a university gives an analysis after a study of hiphopvideo's. Peep this:

This is an exploration of the metamorphoses of urban African American male rappers from original gangstas (OG) to organic intellectuals (OI). Systems theory and is the tool used to understand this evolution. Perspectival rhetorical analysis is the methodology employed to interpret the verbal and nonverbal discourse (L. Shaver, 1993, Washington & Shaver, 1997) of 1993 rap music videos. The goals of this study are to compare the historical evolution of communities of residence that shaped the music created by both rappers and blues singers; to trace the metamorphoses of the rappers into "organic intellectuals" (OI) while identifying their roles in the creation of a national popular culture (i.e., a culture that reflects the perspectives of young urban Blacks); and (c) to analyze the discourse of rap lyrics. Intelligent Hoodlum in "Grand Groove" (1993) gives a narrative of the rapper's life. As in many of the videos analyzed for this study, the stories contain the same sites of conflict: poverty, dysfunctional family, socialization into gangs, anger against the unfair actions of the police, and death.

Man. I don't know about this one. Click here if you want to read more.
Anyway. This is probably the finest tracks I have discovered in a long time. Smoov at Vinyl Addicts has a special on Intelligent Hoodlum aka Tragedy. Go check that out.
While you are reading that, start the video download so when your finished reading and are all hyped up, you can kick back and enjoy this fine peace of music. Peace!

Intelligent Hoodlum - Grand Groove


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