If Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin” teaches us anything, it’s that rap has come a long way and youngsters have never been interested in homage. This song has, of course, taken its place in the normal Christmas urban radio rotation and I can’t help but to giggle at the first couple of bars.
Don’t you give me all that jive about things you wrote before I was alive. Cause this ain’t 1823. Ain’t even 1970.
This was the first rap song released on a major label. So paying respect to artistic elders has never been a huge theme in Hip-Hop. I wonder why folks who started their careers showing little respect are now expecting it to become protocol. And when I say folks, this week the old head screaming for a salute is Canibus.
Mr. Bus decided even though J. Cole gave him props as his favorite rapper, the props weren’t properly propped and he would smack Grown Simba’s hand for not gushing enough about him. This is funny considering Canibus derived his few moments of spotlight by dissing LL. Given it was a move that LL probably deserved for his underhanded actions on “4,3,2,1” but still, Canibus chased the reigning king and offered a pretty good battle showing little to no respect along the way. Cole says you’re dope. You don’t think he articulated it properly so you’re looking for more?
This is what Canibus says is the crux of his issue with Cole.
“Cole might say he does this to pay homage, but in reality, by him playing my older material owned by my former label dating back to 1998, subsequently overlooking my current works and contributions which directly benefit me now, he is treating me less like an artist that has, and continues to contribute, influence, and inspire an even younger generation of MC’s…”
To make his point clear, Canibus released “J. Clone,” an obligatory diss song that was so poorly crafted I couldn’t understand most of what he was saying. Check it here.
Then in an odd turn of events, Canibus decided to admit the move was tacky and unsophisticated in a vlog that was more confusing than the song. Between the belching and the 50 yard scary ex-soldier stare, Canibus comes off as umm… strange.
I know this piece is all over the place, but I mean how do you draw a clear path through Canibus’ behavior? You can’t. Below is the video which upon several takes is just unbelievable. I see this being a sample for a song soon or evidence in his hearing to be committed.
I’m gonna go sit my old ass down somewhere? I don’t trust this. It’s just bizarre.
So what does all this say about homage? Ummm… I don’t know really. Here’s “Christmas Rappin” anyway. It’s a Cole World. Happy Holidays.
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