Watch how Jinzo kills this remix to this famous Hip Hop Tutorial Video that became a meme.
Jinzo kills it–per usual. But he makes sure to take it back to his popping roots to show you he never misses a beat.
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By cactus — 1 month ago
Get to know the girl in the pink bodysuit that killed the Milly Rock and gained traction for her online dance videos.
– A Chio Interview.
Chio joins Cashmere in the Nexus to talk about her multi-talented childhood and life after going viral. Similar to Almonte, Chio is a young renaissance woman. She describes herself as a ‘whirlwind of art’ being an alto saxophonist that studied dance and acting in college. Chio even went to the same African dance program as Cashmere in Brooklyn’s Restoration ART Youth Academy with legendary Baba Chuck Davis as her primary dance choreographer. New York really is a small world when it comes to artistry.
Chio’s transition to becoming a music artist
Chio recently teamed up with the producer of hip hop’s iconic hits “Ether” and “Pop Champagne” Ron Browz. “Candy” is Chio’s break from her serious tonality in previous tracks. She talks about embracing a more fun, vibrant aura. Something her fans “can dance to.” It’s great to see Hip Hop’s icons empowering the next generation of music as she describes Browz to be “in tune with social media–” a primary platform for most young indie artists.
Pressures to stay relevant and being an ‘inspiration’
As Instagram’s new algorithm ghosts accounts from the explore page that don’t have 10% engagement rate, the pressures to keep your clout pushes on. And Chio describes the pressures to pump out daily content being ‘odey.’
“I wanna give you content, but… I got a life.”
The idea of giving up your real social life to unlock the full potential of your online social media presence is pretty haunting. Especially when the internet holds you to a higher moral standard just because you’re popular.
Chio humbly rejects the idea of being an inspiration. While she finds herself “not perfect,” it is that very fact that makes her relatable to the fans that look up to her. Fans don’t look to idolize a saint but to find guidance in someone they can relate to. Someone that is flawed yet still pushes themselves to grow.
It’s hard for artists to get a grasp on the fact that they are leaders. People literally follow their every move. And even people just minding their own business like Target Bae (Alex from Target) develop online followings they’ve never even asked for.Post Views: 864
By Jeffrey Almonte — 5 days ago
This video addressing Bruno Mars cultural appropriation has sparked controversy.
Many Black fans have ran to his defense with fists in the air claiming, “the man is Black! Leave him be! Go after Iggy or Justin Timberlake!” But pointing our fingers at White people for cultural appropriation is picking the low-hanging fruit. We can hold Iggy, Timberlake, and Bruno Mars accountable. All at the same damn time. People are allowed to be concerned about more than one thing at a time.
People of color tend to get a pass for cultural appropriation merely because they aren’t White. And because the power dynamic isn’t as polarizing as a White person profiting off Black culture, it’s swept under the rug. So whether or not you agree with the claims that Bruno Mars is a culprit of cultural appropriation, it opens the important conversation about the relationship between non-Black people of color and Black people.
Bruno Mars has yet to confirm if he identifies as Black. Before we even accuse someone of stealing from Black culture, we must at least agree on whether or not someone is Black.
This isn’t the first time Bruno Mars’ identity was questioned. In 2017, he was accused of changing his name in order to hide his Puerto Rican heritage. He immediately cleared the air telling Latina:
““I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican. Why would I fucking say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that. “
In the same interview, Bruno Mars speaks about being mistaken for biracial(Black and White) while growing up in Hawaii. He’s identified with many things including Ashkenazi Jewish, Puerto Rican, Spanish and more. Everything but Black of course. Despite the numerous times he credits Black music as his inspiration, he never calls himself Black. He remains in the “safe zone” of racial ambiguity.
And I’ve already heard it.
Bruno Mars cultural appropriation? But How? Puerto Ricans are Black!
If you’re Puerto Rican, chances are you MIGHT be Black. More African slaves were dropped off in the Caribbean than in the present-day United States. However. After the revolution, many Spaniards remained. Despite whatever ‘Latino’ label you want to give, Spaniards are White. Not even people of color. Spicy Whites perhaps. The ‘Mestizo’ race of people who were offspring of the White colonizers and indigenous Taino population in Puerto Rico also remained. Then of course you have the ‘Mulatto’ Black-Spaniards and tri-racial Creoles. Similar to Dominican Republic.
So to equate every person that’s Puerto Rican–especially when they specify that their mom is Spaniard– as Black is a grave generalization at best. An injustice to the Afro-Ricans that still experience anti-Blackness at the hands of non-Black people of color at worst.
Bruno Mars’ brown skin could just as easily come from his Filipino ancestry. Asians can also be of darker complexion. Cambodians. Filipinos. Indians. Vietnamese.
When a racially ambiguous person tells you they are all of these heritages except for Black, believe them.
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By cactus — 5 months ago
What exactly makes Lil Uzi gay to so many Black men?
As the group that dominates Hip Hop, we need to self-critique our perspective of these new rappers. Not just whether we are right or wrong. We need to ask; where is this judgement coming from? What are the subjective biases we grow up with that make us look at someone and say, “na man. That looks sus. Lil Uzi gay.”
Why do certain things turn us off? You could just say “well I prefer my favorite rappers to look masculine” and leave it at that. But we have been taught to like half of what we like. Not everything we think is “natural” is truly organic. Our preferences are socialized. Men are taught since birth to “man up” at any remote sign of emotion by family. The news gives us a hyper-representation of Black criminality. Mainstream music & film glorifies a lifestyle of promiscuity, violence, and aggression as defining traits of Black masculinity. It’s ironic that there are so many men with a hand in the media yet masculine-presenting men have such a one-dimensional TV presence. No one wants to break the cycle. The moment a man goes against what we normally see, us men get naturally insecure in the box we’ve been comfortably living in.
That looks gay.
Let’s define gayness for a second. Attraction to the same gender. Sexuality doesn’t have a look. Cool. We know this. Yet that all goes out the window in everyday practice. A lot of things go out the window in practice. Like knowing that cheating is bad. Stealing is wrong. That you should floss after every single meal.
But here’s the thing. There is a gay look. A straight look. There shouldn’t be. But there is.
There’s a reason why straight men get called “f*ggots” for doing “unmanly” things as we previously mentioned. Anything outside of a man being dominant and a woman being submissive pretty much gets thrown in the gay box.
The capitalist protection of the monogamous white family has us conflating gender identity with expression and with sexuality. Yet so many white male models get away with expressing femininity without feeling like their manhood is threatened. Even openly speaking about being straight and being attracted to trans women.
I’ll give you a hint.
White men have nothing to be insecure about when they have solid, objective government power. Many ankh-right, hoteps, Black capitalists & nationalists… do not seek equality justice even among their own people. They seek power. They seek to replace white patriarchy with Black patriarchy. This hierarchy is expressed in more overt homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, classism, and every -ism outside of racism. When you are oppressed in one way, it is easy to latch onto the other -isms for a leverage of power in your own community.
Low-income whites blame those filthy immigrants for stealing all their jobs.
Black men blame the ‘gay agenda’ and Black feminists for ruining their progression.
Hip Hop is the cultural expression of the hood. Thus, the fight for power using masculine dominance is emphasized. The hierarchy straight Black men control is less secure and more violent. Being simultaneous victims and oppressors of their own people. White patriarchy is much more institutional. Social bigotry doesn’t need to be as blatant to maintain its power.
So who cares if it looks gay anyway?
The fact that a lot of ‘new age rappers’ are coming about wear tight jeans, chokers, makeup and come out of their shell to speak about “soft sh*t” is a GOOD thing. It expands hip hop’s masculine spirit to leave the one-dimensional definitions behind.
The commercialization of Black aggression has made Hip Hop a branded cash cow spitting out the same “look” for ages. Perpetuating the same dangerous hierarchy we already have in urban culture. It’s about time we see new steps in fashion and gender expression and still recognize artists as a man simply expressing themselves differently.Post Views: 3,560