The Planet, along with Chicago’s own Square-One of B-Side Radio, have joined forces to bring you the week in review in Hip-Hop and current events, along with the occasional special guest and some music to keep you moving through your day.
This week’s episode deals with ghostwriting in Hip-Hop. Is it okay for rappers to have someone else write their rhymes? What is the difference between singers and other entertainers performing songs written by other people and rappers doing the same?
We discuss artists like Dr. Dre, Puff Daddy, Eazy-E and Kanye and how ghostwriting enhances their music and the differences between that and “legitimate” emcees ghostwriting. How long has ghostwriting been a part of the music (at least since “Rapper’s Delight”)? We discuss the differences between collaborator writing and whether or not it detracts from an emcee he has help.
If the music is good and the fans enjoy it, does it matter?
We discuss Planet Ill’s interview with L.E.S. rapper Seven Dirty and the situation that got him and his brother Tru-Life held without bail for a homicide. We talk about rappers in jail and whether all that “Free______” stuff makes any sense.
We go over Talib Kweli’s new album and discuss whether he’s trying too hard to get out of the conscious box. We also talk about the proliferation of mixtapes that dropped in the last two weeks including Curren$y, Rick Ross, and Reek Da Villain.
Do we ruin the expectation of albums by hyping them up and then leaking them single by single?
It’s a new format and a much shorter show, so give us some feedback and tell us how you like it.
Sit back, relax and take a ride on the Ill Side.