Although it’s a title many have placed upon me, “hip-hop head” is not a term I think I’ve ever used to describe myself. To be honest, I’m afraid of the title. There is so much music (new and old) that I haven’t listened to. There is so much music that I’ve listened to, but haven’t digested. Hell, there’s a lot of music out there that I’m not even aware exists.
For this reason, I have a playlist on my phone called “Due Diligence.” Whenever I hear an old hip-hop song that I’m familiar with, I Shazam it (safety first) and add it to my playlist. If I overhear Combat Jack or somebody like that refer to an album or an artist that I know nothing about, I add it to my playlist. On days when I’m feeling studious, I throw it on while I’m cleaning or getting dressed.
Public Enemy’s “911 Is a Joke” is now one of my favorite songs on the playlist. Sure, they’re rapping about how the police have been known to drag their feet when answering calls from the hood; but I like it. The clash of The Bomb Squad’s production and Flava Flav’s taunting tone make it a perfect song for a party or a riot. It’s your choice.