Thursday, November 23, 2006

Muhammad Ali and his Hip-Hop Legacy

I've posted bellow the video with lyrics to the Title track of the film, When We Were Kings. It should help make clear many of the concepts which we've been working with over the past few weeks. Perhaps, even some of the skeptics may find some small amount of appreciation for "rap" music and its social and historical context in American society.   I'll let you draw your own conclussions about the lyrics.  I do want to note that each "rapper" performs in very different styles, with differents speeds and intonations.  If taken alone, or without the underlying beat they would appear as musically unrelated to each other.  This, I think, would be quite in line with Kouwenhoven's argument about American music form.