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• Hip Hop Rules the Nation by Billy Jam
• SHING02's Top Five of 2003
• Todd Inoue's Funky Eight plus 1 more of 2003
• Fuck the Bushit! by DJ Killabush

Hip Hop Music Rules The Nation: So Stop Whining in 2004!
by Billy Jam

Who would of thunk? That hip hop music would become America's most popular genre, overtaking country and rock and every other type of music in sales and airplay. Yep, that once scorned little bastard of the American pop music family who, since its earliest crossover hits (Rappers Delight. The Breaks etc) was written off as "a passing fad" - a "fad" that just wouldn't go away.... but instead overstayed its welcome well into the eighties and beyond.....steadily building its audience numbers with such landmark releases as 1992's The Chronic....and countless more into the nineties....up to the point where it overtook all other genres and landed proudly atop America's pop music heap. 2001 and 2002 were good years for hip hop/rap but 2003 was an amazing one. The recently announced 2003 Soundscan figures placed 50 Cent as the #1 selling album of the year with numerous other hot selling rappers close behind including Outkast who placed #5 with 3million in album sales in 2003. And that's just the ones they sold in the USA. You can be sure they also shifted additional millions of CDs overseas ("Hey Ya" gets more damn play in Europe than here!). Additionally Outkast also deservedly got nominated for a shitload of Grammys. As an old school (old geezer) rap fan it still amazes me how this former underdog, which seemed destined to remain an underground/alternative art form, would beat all the odds and rise to the top of pop.

Props to all of the pioneers of hip hop, most notably the true creator/pioneer DJ Kool Herc. And as for all of today's young, well meaning but whiney lil self-appointed guardians of hip hop culture who, with frowned faces and backpacks full of downloaded indie hip hop, bitch and moan that 50 Cent or Nelly or Ludicris or whoever are "not really hip hop....where's the four elements?....blah blah blah" - to them I say Stop Whining U Lil Biaaatches! And I point out to them that rap is a part of hip hop even if 50 Cent's gangsta ways dont live up to their ill-informed, narrow-minded, over-intellectualized, academically confining vision of what they mistakenly believe hip hop to be. And I remind them of a time when rap/hip hop got little or no airplay - a time just twenty years ago when artists like Huey Lewis or even worse were in heavy rotation with no rap to be heard at all.... Think about it: even the least likable current rap hit is a hell of a lot better to hear on the radio than some fuckin Barry Manilow joint. Right? End of subject. And may both you and hip hop have a positive and productive 2004!

by DJ Killabush

Bush in 30 Seconds is a contest put on by the Voter Fund to pick from all the participants the ad that best tells the truth about Dubya's policies.
For more info go to where you can also log in to vote on other ads submitted to the contest.

WAR (if it feels good, do it!) — the new anti-WAR compilation released by Hip Hop Slam continues to get a good reception including write ups in the latest issues of both WIRE (where Hua Hsu calls it "an excellent collection of political raps and liberated and rearranged Presidential jibber-jabber....after a while impossible to tell the splice from the truth") and the East Bay Express (where Eric K. Arnold says the compilation's 28 tracks offer "examples of extremely relevant and often satirical sociopolitical commentary").

Meanwhile online Tim Pratt from the PaperSpray BlogSpot wrote that it "serves up some deliciously harsh critiques of the Bushies, including some clever cut-and-paste speeches of Dubya...... it's refreshing to hear the hip-hop community coming together with such a unified voice." (timpratt.blogspot)

Radio stations in Europe, including SPIN 103 in Dublin, Ireland, and many stations in the US including WFMU and KALX, have been playing the CD. It's also been getting honorable mentions by respected hip hop critics like Jeff Chang who included it in his top picks of the year on his cool-ass BlogSpot ( Speaking of Year End Picks check out both Shing02's and Todd Inoue's Best of 2003 lists below.

SHING02's TOP FIVE of 2003

1) V.A. "What About US?" (Hard Knock Records)
Much respect to the artists, Nick and Icewater.

2) V.A. "WAR (if it feels good, do it!)" (Hip Hop Slam)
Much respect to the DJs, and of course Billy Jam.

3) The Supplicants "Balance" (Isotope)
These guys are keeping free Jazz alive.

4) Live Human in Japan
It was such a treat to tour with them.

5) Dr. Lonnie Smith live at Yoshi's (Oakland)
Sitting right next to him, his vibe brought tears to my eyes.

* We made it through 2003! Lord willing 2004! *

Todd Inoue’s Funky Eight + 1 More of 2003

I’ll never give up my ‘tables but carrying 5000 songs and megamixes in a device the size of a cigarette box is kinda fly. Now if the battery would last longer than four hours…

DJ Jubilee
While in New Orleans, I witnessed the impact of this New Orleans bounce pioneer and special ed teacher. I was at a New Orleans club and the DJ threw on a couple of Jube’s joints and the place went berserk. There was an unbridled fun and purity that’s missing in most hip-hop these days. All his stuff is out of print but I’ve lucked out (through my Friendster
network of all places). I’m spreading the Jubilee gospel out west in 2004.

Mighty Crown at StudioZ
My favorite show of 2003, by the Far East Rulers. Crazy amounts of designer dubplates and foundation tunes. San Jose Earthquake Dwayne DeRosario was in the house, pushing up his lighter.

“Ghetto Celebrity“ by Donnell Alexander
Journalism, hip-hop, family relations and a lot of bullshitting—I related to this book in a major way

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below - Outkast
Worth the wait, above and beyond expectation. Thank you.

“The Anti-War Mix” by DJ Z-Trip
Not all DJs are so caught up with themselves so as to ignore the world outside. Also, check HHS’s and Hard Knock Radio’s consciousness-raising CDs.

2004 is the year I step up my cooking skills but I had some great meals at Defina, Papalote, Commander’s Palace, Acme Oyster House, Oodles of Noodles (Kona), Sam Choy’s, Kaita, La Victoria and my neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant Pho My.

Random Rewind
Oliver Wang's Classic Material book; Interviewing hip-hop author/UCSC professor Tricia Rose; Jeff Chang’s “So You Want To Be a Music Journalist” class at Media Alliance; David Choe’s anti-art; Transporting Kid Koala, DJ Jester and their crew from North Beach to the Bomb Anniversary Party in the Upper Haight in my tiny ass Honda Civic. We got there just in time for DJ T-Rock and DJ Quest. Driving through the crowded streets of San Francisco, I kept thinking, ‘This is waaay too much responsibility.’

Getting a Dog
Shoutout to Foxy, the ill nana of Shetland Sheepdogs


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