Video: A Tour of RZA’s House

The RZA takes us on a tour of his crib and shares some of the stories behind his stuff and some of his philosophy. Hit the jump to check out him and Raekwon on the set of Travis Barker’s video for “Carry It”.



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148 Responses to “Video: A Tour of RZA’s House”

  1. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    Question, I want to know what everyone thinks do you think you can tell a lot about a person depending who there fav. mc is and type of hip hop they like or do you think it holds no water

    ^^

    Occasionally it can tell you about someone but more often than not I think it doesn’t hold up. It’s easy to like music from two different ends spectrum.

    I met this really sweet, bright, unassuming white girl named Natalie who was a Mobb Deep STAN. No relation to the music whatsoever but she loved that shit.

  2. Harlem World Says:

    Beautiful house, but i wanna see the studio!

  3. hl Says:

    b-ease Says:

    You can tell ALOT about a person by what’s on their Ipod.

    ^nosign

  4. Troyvul Says:

    b-ease Says:

    You can tell ALOT about a person by what’s on their Ipod.

    ^nosign
    ^
    Co-no

  5. netherlands Says:

    # Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Question, I want to know what everyone thinks do you think you can tell a lot about a person depending who there fav. mc is and type of hip hop they like or do you think it holds no water

    ^

    Yes and no…I say it depends on how passionate they are about music, I know a few doctors and lawyers that just like to have fun and dance to popular music like chris brown, soulja boy etc. The people who are really into rap, you can tell.

    Whites can like any rap and it doesn’t have an effect on their economic status. Black folks tend to mimic the artist that they like. If you’re a kanye west superfan, you’re more likely to be metro. Jay fans are more likely to be corporate. Nas fans, are a mixture of intellectually broke and wealthy people.

  6. mcb Says:

    I hope LS2 is recorded ina dingy basement, like the first was (wasnt it?)

  7. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    smh @ emory been vp of roc nation…jayz dont help none of his old friends and roc nation aint making no moves

    “[I] want to build the best entertainment company ever, which is Roc Nation, which comes at a great time,” Jay said in an interview when asked about his current ambitions. “This week, if you look on the charts, the number one record is Rihanna, and we manage her. The producer of that record is Stargate, we manage them. Number two is Alexis Jordan, she’s on Roc Nation. Number four is Cee-Lo, we published the writer. Number five is Bruno Mars, we published the writer. So I’m just looking forward to building the best entertainment company ever made.” (BBC)

  8. hl Says:

    netherlands Says:

    If you’re a kanye west superfan, you’re more likely to be metro. Jay fans are more likely to be corporate. Nas fans, are a mixture of intellectually broke and wealthy people.

    ^roff

  9. netherlands Says:

    Also people who tend to passionately hate jay-z are people who hate the establishment, for fear he is getting too big for his britches and acting white. It’s like they like you to be rich, but only want you to be hoodrich. Once you crossover to stocks and bonds and deal with the NYSE, they call you a sellout.
    Since when is hustling and “getting money” defined to a street level?

  10. D_Block_4_Life Says:

    like i know alot of people that love kobe bryant and say hes the best player.. WAY better than michael jordan ever was..
    ^
    Never met one in my whole entire life.

  11. b-ease Says:

    ^nosign

    ^^
    Word? So if I’m a black dude with alot of country on my player, you dont think that gives any indication on where I grew up, or who I hung out with in high school? If I’m a dude with Lady Gaga’s entire discography, you dont think that may hint at my sexuality? These ques are rhetorical, of course it does.

  12. 456 Says:

    Whites can like any rap and it doesn’t have an effect on their economic status. Black folks tend to mimic the artist that they like. If you’re a kanye west superfan, you’re more likely to be metro. Jay fans are more likely to be corporate. Nas fans, are a mixture of intellectually broke and wealthy people.

    ^this is most idiotic.

  13. Remixznflow Says:

    i think music reflects some about what kind of person you are…

    music does influence you to a degree.. not on the surface but subtly…

    its part of your environment.. people identify with music because it expresses things better than they can… so yeah it does have something to do with the person you are…

  14. hl Says:

    lol Where do ya’ll get some of this shit from?

    nahright >>>

  15. Black Says:

    Whites can like any rap and it doesn’t have an effect on their economic status. Black folks tend to mimic the artist that they like. If you’re a kanye west superfan, you’re more likely to be metro. Jay fans are more likely to be corporate. Nas fans, are a mixture of intellectually broke and wealthy people.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    I really hope thats not true. I think that by now Hip Hop should be used for entertainment purposes only. We dont know none of these niggas.

  16. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    No shots but nas fans are usually smart dumb dudes…

    The smartest dude who spends a lot of time smoking weed and analyzing whats fucked up in america and politics and there hood. But if you ask so what have you done to change this, usually he will say “I aint did shit”

  17. Remixznflow Says:

    # D_Block_4_Life Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    like i know alot of people that love kobe bryant and say hes the best player.. WAY better than michael jordan ever was..
    ^
    Never met one in my whole entire life.

    ^
    i envy you this… its very hard not to punch them dead in the eye…

  18. 456 Says:

    like i know alot of people that love kobe bryant and say hes the best player.. WAY better than michael jordan ever was..

    ^when did you arrive here on earth?

  19. b-ease Says:

    If you vehemently hate Jay and Puff, and only have Immortal Technique, Talib, and Dead Prez in your ipod, that doesnt say anything about you as a person??

  20. netherlands Says:

    # Remixznflow Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    i think music reflects some about what kind of person you are…

    music does influence you to a degree.. not on the surface but subtly…

    its part of your environment.. people identify with music because it expresses things better than they can… so yeah it does have something to do with the person you are…

    ^

    This statement summed it up the best…yes to a degree

  21. &What?! Says:

    Being inside, warm, comfortable, sipping tea, watching football, eating snacks and listening to hip-hop whilst it blows a gale (nh) outside and is raining >

  22. hl Says:

    b-ease Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    ^nosign

    ^^
    Word? So if I’m a black dude with alot of country on my player, you dont think that gives any indication on where I grew up, or who I hung out with in high school? If I’m a dude with Lady Gaga’s entire discography, you dont think that may hint at my sexuality? These ques are rhetorical, of course it does.

    ^Nah, I mean, just in my experience. People’s taste in music is MAD random from what I’ve seen. What say you?

  23. Remixznflow Says:

    # 456 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    like i know alot of people that love kobe bryant and say hes the best player.. WAY better than michael jordan ever was..

    ^when did you arrive here on earth?

    ^
    LOL… im an 80’s baby if this was a real question…

  24. cOLD Says:

    Question, I want to know what everyone thinks do you think you can tell a lot about a person depending who there fav. mc is and type of hip hop they like or do you think it holds no water

    ^ a lot of chicks love listening to Jay-z, cause they fear hearing real shit that would but their lives in the proper persective. The like to get lost in the fantasy world hov creates for em.

  25. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    # Remixznflow Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    i think music reflects some about what kind of person you are…

    music does influence you to a degree.. not on the surface but subtly…

    its part of your environment.. people identify with music because it expresses things better than they can… so yeah it does have something to do with the person you are…
    ^^^^

    Co sign, to be honest there are quite a few albums that were the soundtrack to my life in undergrad and grad school and dealing with personal and corporate relationships. I thought you should get something out of the music you listen to. I thought thats why we said such and such mc was dropping gems. But maybe its just me, but when i listened to jayz, outkast and goodie mob, i always got a little sumthin out the music

  26. Remixznflow Says:

    # b-ease Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    If you vehemently hate Jay and Puff, and only have Immortal Technique, Talib, and Dead Prez in your ipod, that doesnt say anything about you as a person??

    ^
    talk to em…

    you identify best with what you like…

    in EVERYTHING… so music is no exception… why are we even discussing this..

  27. b-ease Says:

    If a white girl has Taylor Swift in her pod, and has never heard a Nas song, you dont think you can gather anything about her worldview???

  28. hl Says:

    Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    No shots but nas fans are usually smart dumb dudes…

    ^smh No nigga.

  29. 456 Says:

    co-sign b-ease. one of the first things i do when i meet a girl is find out what she is listening to. i speaks volumes on what type of chick she is.

  30. cOLD Says:

    &What?! Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:31 pm
    Being inside, warm box, comfortable, sipping tea, watching football, eating snacks and listening to hip-hop whilst it blows a gale (nh) outside and is raining

    ^ fixed

  31. netherlands Says:

    # 456 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Whites can like any rap and it doesn’t have an effect on their economic status. Black folks tend to mimic the artist that they like. If you’re a kanye west superfan, you’re more likely to be metro. Jay fans are more likely to be corporate. Nas fans, are a mixture of intellectually broke and wealthy people.

    ^this is most idiotic.

    ^

    How so? I find that Blacks tend to look at rap stars as heroes and inspirations, while whites just use it for entertainment.

  32. 456 Says:

    *it speaks

  33. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    # cOLD Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Question, I want to know what everyone thinks do you think you can tell a lot about a person depending who there fav. mc is and type of hip hop they like or do you think it holds no water

    ^ a lot of chicks love listening to Jay-z, cause they fear hearing real shit that would but their lives in the proper persective. The like to get lost in the fantasy world hov creates for em.
    ^^^^

    It ain’t like, I ain’t tell you from day one, I ain’t shit
    When it comes to relationships, I don’t have the patience
    Now it’s too late, we got a little life together
    and in my mind I really want you to be my wife forever
    But in the physical it’s like I’ma be trife forever
    A different girl every night forever; told you to leave
    but you’re stubborn and you love him and,
    no matter what despite all the fuckin and the cheatin,
    you still won’t leave him, now you’re grievin
    And I feel bad, believe me
    But I’m young and I ain’t ready, and this ain’t easy
    Wasn’t fair to tell you to wait, so I told you to skate
    You chose not to, now look at the shit we gotta go through
    Don’t wanna fight, don’t wanna fuss, you the mother of my baby
    I don’t want you to hate me, this is about us
    Rather me; I ain’t ready to be what you want me to be
    Because I love you, I want you to leave, please

  34. Black Says:

    Niggas making it seem like u can only be a fan of one artist and that artist is a clear cut representation of who u are. I got Jay and Nas on my ipod and imma fan of both. It means nothing.

  35. hl Says:

    b-ease Says:

    If a white girl has Taylor Swift in her pod, and has never heard a Nas song, you dont think you can gather anything about her worldview???

    ^Just for example, what could you gather from this?

  36. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    Stop skimming thru music

  37. big_seth Says:

    Remixznflow Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    i think music reflects some about what kind of person you are…

    music does influence you to a degree.. not on the surface but subtly…

    its part of your environment.. people identify with music because it expresses things better than they can… so yeah it does have something to do with the person you are…
    ^^

    To a degree, but I have shit from Nelly & Madlib on my ipod.

    from Max B to Dead Prez

    From Jada to the beatles

    to marvin gaye to DOOM

    I mean my shit is hella sparatic.

  38. Remixznflow Says:

    cOLD Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Question, I want to know what everyone thinks do you think you can tell a lot about a person depending who there fav. mc is and type of hip hop they like or do you think it holds no water

    ^ a lot of chicks love listening to Jay-z, cause they fear hearing real shit that would but their lives in the proper persective. The like to get lost in the fantasy world hov creates for em

    ^that interpretation then no?

    which is left up to each listener?

  39. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    If you vehemently hate Jay and Puff, and only have Immortal Technique, Talib, and Dead Prez in your ipod, that doesnt say anything about you as a person??

    ^^

    But see, you’re adding a new dynamic by suggesting that person has a specific view on particular artists or their lifestyle.

    based purely off their playlist, you can only assume.

  40. cOLD Says:

    Niggas making it seem like u can only be a fan of one artist and that artist is a clear cut representation of who u are. I got Jay and Nas on my ipod and imma fan of both. It means nothing.

    ^ talk to em.

  41. why? Says:

    I think that Watch the Throne album might go on the list of albums I’m gonna listen to until I die. Damn the century barely started too. Well we in the second decade but it still early.

  42. Remixznflow Says:

    # hl Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    b-ease Says:

    If a white girl has Taylor Swift in her pod, and has never heard a Nas song, you dont think you can gather anything about her worldview???

    ^Just for example, what could you gather from this?

    ^i one word?

    …naivete

  43. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    How so? I find that Blacks tend to look at rap stars as heroes and inspirations, while whites just use it for entertainment.
    ^^^

    He is telling you the truth, white folks dont care about this hip hop shit, its like wwf to them. We just some jiving monkeys dancing for there entertainment

  44. 456 Says:

    How so? I find that Blacks tend to look at rap stars as heroes and inspirations, while whites just use it for entertainment.

    ^”blacks” use rap and music in the same way every other race uses it. as inspiration. as entertainment. as motivation. like reading a book or watching a soap opera. there is no difference. white people worship rap stars MORE than black people do.

  45. &What?! Says:

    I got the most varied iPod ever, and I like to think it makes me look all ‘open minded and diverse’ and shit.. but in reality I probably only listen to like 30% of the stuff on there.

  46. Remixznflow Says:

    Niggas making it seem like u can only be a fan of one artist and that artist is a clear cut representation of who u are. I got Jay and Nas on my ipod and imma fan of both. It means nothing.

    ^
    this is where i stand… im always amazed at how clear cut the sides are when it comes to this conversation…

    and it seems in hiphop that this is the ONLY one that its so spirited…

    i have no idea why…

  47. Black Says:

    How so? I find that Blacks tend to look at rap stars as heroes and inspirations, while whites just use it for entertainment.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    I think its the opposite, the reason u see alotta black people from the hood “acting” like rappers, is because the rappers are black people from the hood. Its not an act.

  48. big_seth Says:

    Niggas mad cuz I think Jay Z has struggled to make a good verse lately.

    I just want to say that until I felt he started to lose his skills that I was the biggest Jay Z fan. I swear I was like half as bad as IceBey Slim is now.

    which is still a lot of stannery.

  49. hl Says:

    Remixznflow Says:

    If a white girl has Taylor Swift in her pod, and has never heard a Nas song, you dont think you can gather anything about her worldview???

    ^Just for example, what could you gather from this?

    ^i one word?

    …naivete

    ^lol I guess can see why you would say this, but that wouldn’t be my assumption.

  50. Remixznflow Says:

    He is telling you the truth, white folks dont care about this hip hop shit, its like wwf to them. We just some jiving monkeys dancing for there entertainment

    ^
    i wish i could explain in words how true this statement is… but you can only witness it to really get the full perspective…

    and i see it ALL the time…

  51. &What?! Says:

    Liverpool FC couldn’t score in a fucking brothel!

    I’d rather walk alone.

  52. netherlands Says:

    # 456 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    How so? I find that Blacks tend to look at rap stars as heroes and inspirations, while whites just use it for entertainment.

    ^”blacks” use rap and music in the same way every other race uses it. as inspiration. as entertainment. as motivation. like reading a book or watching a soap opera. there is no difference. white people worship rap stars MORE than black people do.

    ^
    How so? blacks tend to mimic rap stars more so than their white counterparts. Whites just have the ability to buy the music. But the rappers are a reflection of the culture. Blacks tend to place a higher importance on their favorite rapper than their favorite teacher.

  53. b-ease Says:

    ^i one word?

    …naivete

    ^^
    Yep.

  54. Remixznflow Says:

    # big_seth Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Niggas mad cuz I think Jay Z has struggled to make a good verse lately.

    I just want to say that until I felt he started to lose his skills that I was the biggest Jay Z fan. I swear I was like half as bad as IceBey Slim is now.

    which is still a lot of stannery.

    ^
    explain this…

    how has jay “lost his skill”

    has he always talked about the same subject matter?

    rapped with up and coming stars?

    set/stole trends?

    been about that paper?

    what has changed?

  55. hl Says:

    I think people underestimate how many fans someone like Jay-Z has. Dude has fans from ALL walks of life. You couldn’t gather much from someone having Jay-Z songs on their ipod IMO.

  56. big_seth Says:

    I’m a staunch supporter of Jay Z when he is good.

    I still say Takeover > ether.

    But Jay Z has not been doing good lately. I don’t think all is lost though.

  57. b-ease Says:

    I got Jay and Nas on my ipod and imma fan of both. It means nothing.

    ^^
    They’re really not that different in the big scheme of things.

  58. cOLD Says:

    Blacks tend to place a higher importance on their favorite rapper than their favorite teacher.

    ^ keep going!

  59. &What?! Says:

    Also, having a varied iPod is a good conversation started with a female if she ever happens to have a look through the albums on there.

    ‘Ohh, you like The Rolling Stones? What’s your favorite album?’
    ‘Umm.. probably The Best of The Rolling Stones..’

  60. 456 Says:

    He is telling you the truth, white folks dont care about this hip hop shit, its like wwf to them. We just some jiving monkeys dancing for there entertainment

    ^
    i wish i could explain in words how true this statement is… but you can only witness it to really get the full perspective…

    and i see it ALL the time…

    ^white people worship rap stars. whatever racism keeps them from truly acknowledging this is a front.

  61. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    Blacks dont mimic mcs, mcs mimic blacks

    It always starts in the streets b4 u see it in your little home, that why we the streets always tell you all whats hot and that why white people are always late with styles and look extra corny

  62. b-ease Says:

    You couldn’t gather much from someone having Jay-Z songs on their ipod IMO.

    ^^
    But what surrounds the JayZ songs? Lil Jon, Van Halen, or Mic Geronimo?

  63. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    I think people underestimate how many fans someone like Jay-Z has. Dude has fans from ALL walks of life. You couldn’t gather much from someone having Jay-Z songs on their ipod IMO.

    ^^

    This

  64. hl Says:

    b-ease Says:

    You couldn’t gather much from someone having Jay-Z songs on their ipod IMO.

    ^^
    But what surrounds the JayZ songs? Lil Jon, Van Halen, or Mic Geronimo?

    ^Or all four?

  65. Remixznflow Says:

    How so? blacks tend to mimic rap stars more so than their white counterparts. Whites just have the ability to buy the music. But the rappers are a reflection of the culture. Blacks tend to place a higher importance on their favorite rapper than their favorite teacher.

    ^
    here is another one of those statements i was referring to netherlands…

    blacks whites asians… NO ONE puts importance over their favorite teachers/ pastor/parents/ moral figure… NO ONE..

    stop putting us in a box…

    name your first grade teacher… name your favorite teacher in highschool and tell me you got a poster of them on your wall…

    c’mon son.. stopit.

  66. Nah'sOnlyWhiteboy Says:

    &What?! Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:31 pm
    Being inside, warm, comfortable, sipping tea, watching football, eating snacks and listening to hip-hop whilst it blows a gale (nh) outside and is raining >

    ^^^^

    And smoking chronic. But sounds nice.

  67. big_seth Says:

    what has changed?
    ^^

    He used to have it all. Great lyrics, beats, hooks & concepts. None of the new music has all that.

    Jay Z is not the same as he was. How can you deny that.

    you gonna tell me BP3 = RD or BP1?

  68. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    If you vehemently hate Jay and Puff, and only have Immortal Technique, Talib, and Dead Prez in your ipod, that doesnt say anything about you as a person??

    ^^

    But see, you’re adding a new dynamic by suggesting that person has a specific view on particular artists or their lifestyle.

    based purely off their playlist, you can only assume.

  69. b-ease Says:

    ^Or all four?

    ^^
    Open minded.

  70. 456 Says:

    How so? blacks tend to mimic rap stars more so than their white counterparts. Whites just have the ability to buy the music. But the rappers are a reflection of the culture. Blacks tend to place a higher importance on their favorite rapper than their favorite teacher.

    ^take a look at youtube once in a while and see how much white people ape rappers and attempt to move, talk, dress and pose like them. it’s not just buying the music. and i know many, many black people who don’t play rap in their houses. strictly listen to it in the club or the car.

  71. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    My bad…

  72. Black Says:

    I think people underestimate how many fans someone like Jay-Z has. Dude has fans from ALL walks of life. You couldn’t gather much from someone having Jay-Z songs on their ipod IMO.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This is true. Jay has transcended the Hip Hop world. i dont think that can be argued. i’ve met a good number of people that have zero rap, aside from the almost obligatory Hov record.

  73. Remixznflow Says:

    thats the second comment dudes made like that…

  74. b-ease Says:

    based purely off their playlist, you can only assume.

    ^^
    Of course it’s an assumption, I think that goes without saying. I mean, my Asian friend MIGHT be a good driver, but its a fair assumption that she is not.

  75. JihaD Says:

    b-ease Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:31 pm
    If you vehemently hate Jay and Puff, and only have Immortal Technique, Talib, and Dead Prez in your ipod, that doesnt say anything about you as a person??

    ^^

    Most people like this are elitists, though. I think it says more about that persons inability to enjoy other facets of the music than the person themselves. Like, I have Puff, camel, Talib, and DP on my Ipod, but my playlists are currently Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Danny Brown, Chic Raw, Prodigy and Nore. I also have Drowning Pool, Kasabein, Cake, and Slipknot. And Coltrane, Isley Bros, and Rose Royce. What exactly does that say about me?

    JihaD

  76. 456 Says:

    Blacks dont mimic mcs, mcs mimic blacks

    ^closer to truth

  77. why? Says:

    Listening to Nas doesn’t mean your smart. Good taste? Yes.

    I got Mobb Deep and The Doors, Tribe and The Clash, Justice and Yeezy, Biggie and Nirvana, David Bowie and Nas, Rage Against the Machine and Sade, Slayer and Miles Davis, Radiohead and Wu. If a person scans through my mp3 player all they need to know is that I love music.

  78. &What?! Says:

    There’s 50 year old white corporate motherfuckers that know all the words to 99 Problems.. but couldn’t name a Nas song.

  79. netherlands Says:

    I think we can all agree that you can’t tell much from a person who listens to Jay-z, but you can tell something about a person if they’re a fan of uncle murder or slaughter house.

    When I said Jay-z fans tend to be this or that, I was mainly talking about being a staunch supporter of that artist. If you’re a staunch supporter of that artist like a flag waver then we can tell a little bit more about you. But just having the music in the ipod is not enough evidence.

  80. big_seth Says:

    Jay Z is still better than A lot of other rappers… but I aint listening to them niggas either.

    and part of it IS due to high standards that Jay Z has set.

  81. cOLD Says:

    Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    Blacks dont mimic mcs, mcs mimic blacks

    It always starts in the streets b4 u see it in your little home, that why we the streets always tell you all whats hot and that why white people are always late with styles and look extra corny

    ^ can’t argue that.

  82. mcb Says:

    JihaD Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:44 pm
    b-ease Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:31 pm
    If you vehemently hate Jay and Puff, and only have Immortal Technique, Talib, and Dead Prez in your ipod, that doesnt say anything about you as a person??

    ^^

    Most people like this are elitists, though. I think it says more about that persons inability to enjoy other facets of the music than the person themselves. Like, I have Puff, camel, Talib, and DP on my Ipod, but my playlists are currently Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Danny Brown, Chic Raw, Prodigy and Nore. I also have Drowning Pool, Kasabein, Cake, and Slipknot. And Coltrane, Isley Bros, and Rose Royce. What exactly does that say about me?

    JihaD

    ^^
    that you like a lotta different music, possibly at different times.

    but in reality, just that you like music.

  83. 456 Says:

    I think people underestimate how many fans someone like Jay-Z has. Dude has fans from ALL walks of life. You couldn’t gather much from someone having Jay-Z songs on their ipod IMO.

    ^there is a million white, asian and indian dudes who pray every night to be jay-z. word to ansari

  84. b-ease Says:

    Like, I have Puff, camel, Talib, and DP on my Ipod, but my playlists are currently Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Danny Brown, Chic Raw, Prodigy and Nore. I also have Drowning Pool, Kasabein, Cake, and Slipknot. And Coltrane, Isley Bros, and Rose Royce. What exactly does that say about me?

    ^^
    My playlist is similarly varied. I would assumed that you’re educated, whether traditionally or self taught, and appreciate or at least somewhat understand the differences of the various cultures that make up this nation/world.

  85. Black Says:

    Blacks dont mimic mcs, mcs mimic blacks

    It always starts in the streets b4 u see it in your little home, that why we the streets always tell you all whats hot and that why white people are always late with styles and look extra corny

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Thats what i was saying to a certain extent. Hip Hop is still a Black artform so of course there are gonna be more similarities between a nigga from the hood and nas, than a suburban kizza and nas. It dont mean the nigga from the hood is trying to “act” like Nas.

  86. &What?! Says:

    Enjoying more than one genre of music > listening to only one genre of music.

  87. 456 Says:

    Most people like this are elitists, though. I think it says more about that persons inability to enjoy other facets of the music than the person themselves. Like, I have Puff, camel, Talib, and DP on my Ipod, but my playlists are currently Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Danny Brown, Chic Raw, Prodigy and Nore. I also have Drowning Pool, Kasabein, Cake, and Slipknot. And Coltrane, Isley Bros, and Rose Royce. What exactly does that say about me?

    JihaD

    ^you are a student of the music and a 50 cent stan. that is all.

  88. mcb Says:

    &What?! Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:45 pm
    There’s 50 year old white corporate motherfuckers that know all the words to 99 Problems.. but couldn’t name a Nas song.

    ^^^
    could the same be said for vice versa?

    i stay seeing older dudes listenin to rap, but your right, its not gonna be the same kinda artists…

    mostly anything thats been on the radio/popular, but thats to be expected

  89. cOLD Says:

    b-ease Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:46 pm
    Like, I have Puff, camel, Talib, and DP on my Ipod, but my playlists are currently Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Danny Brown, Chic Raw, Prodigy and Nore. I also have Drowning Pool, Kasabein, Cake, and Slipknot. And Coltrane, Isley Bros, and Rose Royce. What exactly does that say about me?

    ^^
    My playlist is similarly varied. I would assumed that you’re educated, whether traditionally or self taught, and appreciate or at least somewhat understand the differences of the various cultures that make up this nation/world.

    ^ real music is real music, regardless of where, who it comes from.

  90. Black Says:

    If you’re a staunch supporter of that artist like a flag waver then we can tell a little bit more about you.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    Yeah….. you need to grow the fuck up. The only thing i support grown folks stanning for is a sports team.

  91. mcb Says:

    &What?! Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    Enjoying more than one genre of music > listening to only one genre of music.

    ^^
    truth

    i went through a time couple years ago, it was only rap. i still listen to rap a large majority of the time, but now mix it up. but i dont bother listening to some of the rock i grew up on, just because i dont have much of a desire to.

    so much new hiphop/rap comes out, im just trying to keep up, nh.

    but yeah, black keys, white stripes, sinatra, etc.. are on my mp3 player.

  92. &What?! Says:

    Most people like this are elitists, though. I think it says more about that persons inability to enjoy other facets of the music than the person themselves. Like, I have Puff, camel, Talib, and DP on my Ipod, but my playlists are currently Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Danny Brown, Chic Raw, Prodigy and Nore. I also have Drowning Pool, Kasabein, Cake, and Slipknot. And Coltrane, Isley Bros, and Rose Royce. What exactly does that say about me?

    JihaD

    ^

    That you are a goth?

  93. Remixznflow Says:

    # b-ease Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Like, I have Puff, camel, Talib, and DP on my Ipod, but my playlists are currently Tony Yayo, 50 Cent, Danny Brown, Chic Raw, Prodigy and Nore. I also have Drowning Pool, Kasabein, Cake, and Slipknot. And Coltrane, Isley Bros, and Rose Royce. What exactly does that say about me?

    ^^
    My playlist is similarly varied. I would assumed that you’re educated, whether traditionally or self taught, and appreciate or at least somewhat understand the differences of the various cultures that make up this nation/world.

    ^
    POW…

  94. hl Says:

    Let me find out b-ease been doing independent research.

  95. b-ease Says:

    ^ real music is real music, regardless of where, who it comes from.

    ^^
    Can’t argue that. But certain people dont listen to certain music due to lack of exposure, and that says something about them.

  96. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    I honestly don’t see the “whites exist in the fringes of hip-hop culture” argument.

    I have mad white friends who are heavy into the music & styles and mad black friends who only listen to what’s hot.

    My homeboy was WAY more upset about that Ye, Rae, & Beiber song than I was, and he’s only been heavy into rap since 50 came out. Wad wearing the sneakers and everything. Smh.

  97. 456 Says:

    Enjoying more than one genre of music > listening to only one genre of music.

    ^not necessarily. someone who goes in on one genre might find gems that all you dilletants miss…

    going deep sometimes>going wide (ntpf)

  98. Harlem World Says:

    about the ipod thing..

    i have a lot of rnb in my collection, but i am neither female or metro

  99. netherlands Says:

    How so? blacks tend to mimic rap stars more so than their white counterparts. Whites just have the ability to buy the music. But the rappers are a reflection of the culture. Blacks tend to place a higher importance on their favorite rapper than their favorite teacher.

    ^take a look at youtube once in a while and see how much white people ape rappers and attempt to move, talk, dress and pose like them. it’s not just buying the music. and i know many, many black people who don’t play rap in their houses. strictly listen to it in the club or the car.

    ^

    Can we take a look at real life, how brothers in the street are carrying guns, someone raps about it, then others follow it. Can we take a look at the black women, how they are degraded in real life, someone raps about it, then some other mimics that just to get a rep.

    Can we take a look at men putting tattoos of rappers on their body. I’ve never seen two white people fight over rappers but I’ve seen black people fight over rappers. Youtube is comedic and entertainment. Hip-hop is a way of life to some people. In some places if you speak bad on Tupac or a dead rapper that’s your life.

  100. sincere aka lurk luther Says:

    I think people underestimate how many fans someone like Jay-Z has. Dude has fans from ALL walks of life. You couldn’t gather much from someone having Jay-Z songs on their ipod IMO.

    ^there is a million white, asian and indian dudes who pray every night to be jay-z. word to ansari
    ^^^
    before Jay and Nasir squashed their lil beef, the only jay record i had was RD. but then again thats still the only jay record i still listens to on the regular.

  101. JihaD Says:

    Remixznflow Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    # big_seth Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Niggas mad cuz I think Jay Z has struggled to make a good verse lately.

    I just want to say that until I felt he started to lose his skills that I was the biggest Jay Z fan. I swear I was like half as bad as IceBey Slim is now.

    which is still a lot of stannery.

    ^
    explain this…

    how has jay “lost his skill”

    has he always talked about the same subject matter?

    rapped with up and coming stars?

    set/stole trends?

    been about that paper?

    what has changed?

    ^^

    Thats easy (for me at least). I’m grew tired of CamelGOAT telling me how much better his life was in comparison to mine, like my shit was fucked the fuck up or something. Its one thing to brag about how you made it from a fucked up situation– its another to brag about how people like me (who bought and supported your music/endeavors) are somehow beneath you. I mean, its like the Jordan argument- You never heard Jordan say he was the best–everyone else did. CamelGOAT has reached the point where he HAS to remind everyone how good he is, even though we can all recognize his accomplishments– we don’t need him rubbing his good fortune in our face, yet he does, CONSTANTLY. Thats why those “smart dumb” cats gravitate to Nasir– yea, he’s arrogant, but musically, he comes off as confident and humble, letting his music speak for itself.

    But like I said, thats IMO. He brings this scrutiny on HIMSELF, which feeds into this need he has to prove he is the best, as loudly as possible. It used to be braggadio, but after Ether, it has become ALL he raps about now, and that shit wears thin.

    JihaD

  102. 456 Says:

    i have a lot of rnb in my collection, but i am neither female or metro

    ^it depends on the r+b…b2k – gay

    al green – pimp

  103. Remixznflow Says:

    ever taken someone to eat at a restaurant they’ve never been to?

    its kinda like that…

    outside of music, and normal interaction… this is how i gauge a person…

  104. mcb Says:

    b-ease Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:49 pm
    ^ real music is real music, regardless of where, who it comes from.

    ^^
    Can’t argue that. But certain people dont listen to certain music due to lack of exposure, and that says something about them.

    ^^^
    def doesnt define them tho
    unless they hear that aritst/music and dont like it, then enjoy it more when its popular or something

    i mean, if you grew up in Nebraska field in the 90’s, i can understand not knowing certain music… not an excuse, but an understanding.
    and i still agree with you, just to a point.

  105. Beezy Says:

    if I see T-Swift in a white chicks iPod I know she’s down with anal

  106. why? Says:

    So Lysol ads help keep the electricity on Eskay?

    This guy…

  107. Black Says:

    I also have Drowning Pool, Kasabein, Cake, and Slipknot. And Coltrane, Isley Bros, and Rose Royce. What exactly does that say about me?

    JihaD

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Nothing… and thats my point. Although i will say that if i saw u driving down South st blasting that new Slipknot mixtape id prolly laugh lol. But that has nothing to do with u and is more about my perspective of sht.

  108. Remixznflow Says:

    You never heard Jordan say he was the best–everyone else did.

    ^
    imma have to stop you right there…

  109. &What?! Says:

    If fuck boi music see’s a dudes iPod with Elton John in it, he knows he has a chance.

  110. mcb Says:

    Remixznflow Says:

    November 4th, 2010 at 4:53 pm
    ever taken someone to eat at a restaurant they’ve never been to?

    its kinda like that…

    outside of music, and normal interaction… this is how i gauge a person…

    ^^^
    my roommate will be able to tell me how he feels, nh, about rappers i play for him.

    example:
    danny brown. pretty much an immediate no.
    even thought i still like it, i understand why he doesnt. its just differences

    i also trust his musical opinion more than other people…

    nh

  111. hl Says:

    What we talking bout?

  112. Remixznflow Says:

    if a girl sings lady gaga around me i cant fuck with her…

    maybe im wrong for that… but i assume shes 1 night stand material only…

  113. Black Says:

    Can we take a look at real life, how brothers in the street are carrying guns, someone raps about it, then others follow it. Can we take a look at the black women, how they are degraded in real life, someone raps about it, then some other mimics that just to get a rep.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    That shit was happening in the hood way before Hip Hop was even thought about fam. The art imitates life not the other way around. nobody picks up a ratchet cuz a rapper told im to.

  114. hl Says:

    Mafiaso rap >>>

  115. 456 Says:

    Can we take a look at real life, how brothers in the street are carrying guns, someone raps about it, then others follow it. Can we take a look at the black women, how they are degraded in real life, someone raps about it, then some other mimics that just to get a rep.

    Can we take a look at men putting tattoos of rappers on their body. I’ve never seen two white people fight over rappers but I’ve seen black people fight over rappers. Youtube is comedic and entertainment. Hip-hop is a way of life to some people. In some places if you speak bad on Tupac or a dead rapper that’s your life.

    ^guns were there before rap so how is it that suddently rap is causing the violence? when the most popular black acts were al green and the four tops black people were killing each other with various implements including guns. cats was smacking chicks and leaving them with seeds way before rapper’s delight. people’s love for tupac stems more because he spoke for them than it does from niggas simply following what he does. music influences people, but it doesn’t influence blacks more than whites. that’s just a stupid concept.

  116. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    about the ipod thing..

    i have a lot of rnb in my collection, but i am neither female or metro

    ^^

    Right.

    But if you’re a sexy-flexy nigga (ll) & spontaneously bust out saying, “my mind keeps tellin’ me NOOO… but MY BODYYY… MY BODY keeps tellin’ me YEEEAAAAUS!!!”… THEN it implicates something.

  117. &What?! Says:

    ‘Hip-Hop? I don’t know what that is, I just be rapping..’

  118. JihaD Says:

    Nothing… and thats my point. Although i will say that if i saw u driving down South st blasting that new Slipknot mixtape id prolly laugh lol. But that has nothing to do with u and is more about my perspective of sht.

    ^^

    Slipknot- Snuff >>>>>>>>>>

    youtube.com/watch?v=jMBAS0kqbkw

    JihaD

  119. Harlem World Says:

    the moments: sexy mama >>

  120. Black Says:

    guns were there before rap so how is it that suddently rap is causing the violence? when the most popular black acts were al green and the four tops black people were killing each other with various implements including guns. cats was smacking chicks and leaving them with seeds way before rapper’s delight. people’s love for tupac stems more because he spoke for them than it does from niggas simply following what he does. music influences people, but it doesn’t influence blacks more than whites. that’s just a stupid concept.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Exactly. i’d love to see somebody try and beat a homi with the “Mobb Deep made me do it” defense.

  121. jamie. j Says:

    Oh wow, good debate we’ve got going on in here. I’d just like to chime in with my opinion judging a person (even if only partially) on music: at times you can, and at times you can’t.

    I mean, look at these Hipsters and their dependency on this ‘Indie’ music, which, let’s be honest, does not qualify as a standalone genre. I find that these people go out of their way to look for music that isn’t the norm, which is ridiculous. One day, your mate’s gonna invite you to a club that’s playing hip-hop, and you’re gonna stand in the corner, bat your eyelids, act condescending, and TRULY BELIEVE that your refusal to participate in something more commercial and well-known places you on some upper echelon?

    Surely that says something about you as an ultimate dickhead person.

    I did have an opposing point to make, but I can’t remember what it was.

  122. &What?! Says:

    If music has a HUGE influence in your day-to-day life, then you lost.

  123. why? Says:

    SMH at Hip Hop always being one of the main things for people to point at when it comes to why the youth are messed up.

  124. JihaD Says:

    Remixznflow Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:54 pm
    You never heard Jordan say he was the best–everyone else did.

    ^
    imma have to stop you right there…

    ^^

    You understand what I mean. Jordan never spent the second half of his career telling everyone he was the greatest of all time– he let the accomplishments speak.

    JihaD

  125. 456 Says:

    @ jihad

    rap is the art of bragging. i don’t see why because jay’s brags are actually real and proven that people feel a way about it. it’s your right to not want to hear it, but really your reasons are irrational. ESPECIALLY if you listening to 50 fuckin cents.

  126. mcb Says:

    Can we take a look at men putting tattoos of rappers on their body. I’ve never seen two white people fight over rappers but I’ve seen black people fight over rappers.
    ^^^^
    ive seen people of all races fight over poltiics tho
    over some stupid rivalries between schools
    etc…

    getting caught up in the moment, nh, causes some crazy shit

  127. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    Hl
    2 mins ago
    Queens Mafiaso rap >>>

    ^^

    Word.

  128. NovemberEnd Says:

    Linkin Park – Crawling >>>>

  129. b-ease Says:

    Mafiaso rap >>>

    ^^
    Can’t cosign this enough.

  130. &What?! Says:

    SMH at Hip Hop always being one of the main things for people to point at when it comes to why the youth are messed up

    ^

    Especially in the UK.. Grime is blamed for all the stabbing/fighting/murders

  131. hl Says:

    b-ease Says:

    Mafiaso rap >>>

    ^^
    Can’t cosign this enough

    ^I just recently realized that’s why I listen to DTR so heavy. It has that feeling (nhjic).

  132. JihaD Says:

    Exactly. i’d love to see somebody try and beat a homi with the “Mobb Deep made me do it” defense.

    ^^

    Real rap. Niggas think this music shit got a hold of people like that? Shit is a cop-out, like when them Kizzas in CO were blaming Marilyn Manson for those two Kizzas building bombs and shooting up they school.

    JihaD

  133. b-ease Says:

    sexy-flexy nigga (ll)

    ^^
    Roffle.

  134. netherlands Says:

    # 456 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Can we take a look at real life, how brothers in the street are carrying guns, someone raps about it, then others follow it. Can we take a look at the black women, how they are degraded in real life, someone raps about it, then some other mimics that just to get a rep.

    Can we take a look at men putting tattoos of rappers on their body. I’ve never seen two white people fight over rappers but I’ve seen black people fight over rappers. Youtube is comedic and entertainment. Hip-hop is a way of life to some people. In some places if you speak bad on Tupac or a dead rapper that’s your life.

    ^guns were there before rap so how is it that suddently rap is causing the violence? when the most popular black acts were al green and the four tops black people were killing each other with various implements including guns. cats was smacking chicks and leaving them with seeds way before rapper’s delight. people’s love for tupac stems more because he spoke for them than it does from niggas simply following what he does. music influences people, but it doesn’t influence blacks more than whites. that’s just a stupid concept.

    ^

    If you followed what I said closely you would see that I was saying, Real life > Art, meaning its cyclical and starts in the streets and then someone raps about it expands the ignorance more and then people follow it.

    Hip hop has more influence than you think. Go to an elementary school and listen to these kids mentalities. Little kids knowing the words to all this vulgar rap music and they take it more seriously than you think.

    The stop snitching movement. Something glorified and taken to a whole new level because someone thought it was “a hot line” now the average black youth mimicking that line not knowing what it really means. If Tupac spoke for people how is that not more of an influence on blacks than whites? Who exactly is he speaking for?…He’s definitely not speaking for Sarah and Lily.

  135. Harlem World Says:

    Lucy Pearl ( the album) >>
    Blackstreet: Another Level >>
    Raheem Devaugh: The Love & War MasterPeace >>

  136. mcb Says:

    i have some friends (triscuits like me) who dont like “hard” rap but think wayne is funny or drake is good, but other friends who dont even know 1 or 2 drake songs, but love Only BUilt 4 Cuban Linx 2.

    i prefer to listen to music with the latter, nh

  137. why? Says:

    blacks greatest contribution to music –

    everything >

    Hendrix, Coltrane , and Biggie >

  138. hl Says:

    JDS just looks at her, looks at her… Says:

    Queens Mafiaso rap >>>

    ^Sure, why not. Who from queens did mafiosa rap besides G Rap and Nas though?

  139. big_seth Says:

    Beezy Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 4:53 pm
    if I see T-Swift in a white chicks iPod I know she’s down with anal

    ^^

    and she is probably the right age.

    Fergie listeners = too old for beezy.

  140. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    Exactly. i’d love to see somebody try and beat a homi with the “Mobb Deep made me do it” defense.

    ^^

    Lol

    “It was that nigga P, man… That nigga P”

    *bows head in remorse*

  141. JihaD Says:

    456 Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 5:00 pm
    @ jihad

    rap is the art of bragging. i don’t see why because jay’s brags are actually real and proven that people feel a way about it. it’s your right to not want to hear it, but really your reasons are irrational. ESPECIALLY if you listening to 50 fuckin cents.

    ^^

    No they are not. I clearly said that bragging is one thing– being condescending to your listener/supporter is another thing entirely. I personally feel that Camel has crossed that particular Dune of Sand, and I believe that Ether is the cause, particularly because it was NY itself that turned against him, despite his success. Beginning with BP2, then the Black Album all the way to BP3, Camel has been on a MISSION to convince everyone he is the greatest, thru his words rather than thru his ability to make amazing music.

    And you can say what you want, but 50 has spent more time making commercially viable gangsta rap than commerically viable braggadio rap, and I like Gangsta rap.

    JihaD

  142. Remixznflow Says:

    Hip hop has more influence than you think. Go to an elementary school and listen to these kids mentalities. Little kids knowing the words to all this vulgar rap music and they take it more seriously than you think.

    ^
    i see where you’re going but thats a whole new conversation having to do with the over-saturation of information that a youth is privy to at such a young age… not to mention the different sources that were non existent in previous generations…

    that and bad parenting…

  143. D. Billz Says:

    Nothin’ but TGOD x JETS

    Everyday.

    All day.

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeah BITCH

  144. jamie. j Says:

    # &What?! Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    If music has a HUGE influence in your day-to-day life, then you lost.

    ^^^^^^

    what, why? Maybe you sit fancifully in some large mansion on some fucking sofa worth 5 grand, but if you’re not in such a position (hell, even if you’re are most times) life is hard is cope with. What exactly is wrong with music being escapism?

  145. netherlands Says:

    If blacks were to stop rapping and create another genre, whites would follow. They just follow what black people think is cool. They don’t care or really understand that some people take this hip-hop stuff way too seriously. Why do we constantly see rappers having to defend their music from white elitist who think the music is ruining the youth. If hip-hop is a way of life to the black youth, then you can’t say it doesn’t have influence.

  146. NovemberEnd Says:

    I need 18 points for my next joint, this high anointed king
    To make a deal, I be the one to appoint
    Steve Rifkind must have been sniffin
    To catch something so dope, it left Monica Lynch pussy dripping

    #RZAGems

  147. GC aka Chalky White Says:

    Hip hop can never be a way of life;
    I doesn’t tell you how to raise a child or treat your wife

    — Q-Tip

  148. Suvio-Blue Says:

    MM4 was booty!

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