When trying to define when, where and how Hip Hop is born, many theories usually come out. Many names, many years, many places. Afrika Bambataa… Jamaica’s sound systems… Kool Herc bloc parties… Mohammed Ali interviews… James Brown… South Bronx… Queens… everyone got his own favourite.
A wise person should recognize that Hip Hop was the effect of many different social, musical and human conditions, and that is a nonsense trying to give a single person the credit for the creation of the genre.
But as I said before, is obvious that everyone got his own favourite, and mine is Gil Scott Heron, and the song I am referring to is ‘The revolution will not be televised’, the first hip hop song ever.
I know nothing would have happened probably until Kool Herc started the art of djing, I know the great Mohammed Ali was freestyling rhymes in every interview he made back in the 50′s… But face it, this tune is a complete hip hop song, from the beat to the lyrics, from the beginning to the end. This is more Hip Hop than most of the mainstream Hip Hop out now. And it date back to 1970 !
What a great song, a great content and a great concept. The title itself is brilliant. Gil Scot Heron, almost 40 years ago, already understood what many people still has to…
The track speaks for itself, no need to use more word, just listen.
Mr Scot Heron was sampled by many artists in hip hop history, including De La Soul, Grand Puba, Jungle Brothers and Kenny dope… What I present you now is a song featured on the Bside of ‘The Revolution will not be Televised’ vynil: ‘Home is where the Hatred is’.
Who but Kanye and Common could bring back such a legend, and put such a political artist sampled in a mainstream album? These 2 guys are litterally giving hip hop new life, and this song is just a little example. Stay tuned with our blog if you dig ‘Ye and Common, soon I’ll have a post on some of the best collaborations they made.
DOWNLOAD the song ‘My Way Home’, By Kanye and Common MIXED WITH ‘Home is where the hatred is by Gil Scot Heron
I added some Consequence lyrics to the track too.
Just ended writing the post, a friend hooked me up with the new Common single… Guess who’s the artist sampled?
The karma of the streets is needs and takes
Sometimes we find peace in beats and breaks
Put the bang in the back so the seats can shake
Rebel Cadillac music for the people sake
(Jopparelli Update): don’t forget to check out a classic tune by Masta Ace on “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” instrumental. The song is “Take a Look Around”, a sad but beautiful portrait of Masta’s neighbourhood. The lyrics are indeed a documentary on emargination, full of touching real-life stories about what Ace calls “The other side of town”.
(Update number 2): Soulman found an unexpected candidate for the first hip hop song ever: Joan Baez! Read the full story here
(Update number 3): another big candidate HERE.