Thursday, April 9, 2009

stic.man's "S.W.A.G." Is Up!


Let's Get Free will forever remain a staple in my CD collection. And as far as 2Pac's Outlawz ensemble is was concerned, Noble was always my top pick amongst the bunch. But that doesn't mean I've got unconditional love for these guys. To see them dickriding the wave of all things "swagger" is just sad.

I respected dpz for their unabashed embrace of revolutionary, socialist philosophy and the depth and struggle(s) of class-conflict. But now I suppose stic's just another one of those swag-rappers. It all seems like such a gimmick. It reminds me of all those times I've seen Che Guevara t-shirts sold on Venice Beach or in Downtown. They were probably made in some factory or sweatshop in some third-world country. What a farce. The man is rolling in his grave. Or that one time I walked into Urban Outfitters and found a CCCP t-shirt. Price tag? Forty-five bucks. For shame.

I'm getting real tired of this shit...

32 comments:

  1. Ok I agree (partially) I kinda feel the same way but, this game is ever changing and you have to adapt and overcome in the right way - I think they want to still be relevant - and keep some face - listen to the lyrics - positive vibe, i still hear Dpz in this track.

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  2. stepitupnattyyouthmanApril 9, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    This is sad. Is this part of black nationalism? How are black people supposed to know themselves if we keep promoting fads like "swag" and half-dressed queens shaking their booties like daughters of babylon. Zion, where art thou?

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  3. Huh?? The whole song is about him being a strong and respectable man. Not about rockin Gucci or anything like that. He takes the existing played-out concept and puts it into a realistic and self-empowering concept.

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  4. @ stepitupnattyyouthman

    I see - no - black women ,shaking ass in this video. The definition of swagger is pretty much being arrogant or cocky - we all have a Lil swag in us. lighten up - im str8 out of BK born in raised on ATCQ, De la soul and on and on. a Lil swag don't hurt.

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  5. Amen stepitupnattyyouthman!

    Soulkhitect & Anonymous: Old dpz is more relevant than this pop-chasing trash. The "positive vibes" get washed over completely when you try to contextualize it over a pop theme. The only artist from this pedigree who hasn't disappointed me (yet) is NYOIL.

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  6. Soulkhitect: How many more f'ing songs about swagger do we need!?!? From Kanye, Wayne and them, I get it. But dpz!?!?!? C'mon now....

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  7. Ivan - I feel you, but they got to eat 2. I love and produce real hip hop, but I also have a BA in marketing and grew up in the Golden age of Hip hop and traveled the world - THEY DON'T DANCE NO MO - as long is we have the jean grea's and the madlib's and so on .....well im good

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  8. @Ivan

    You have got a point i was going to say something but then i read your last comment and thought Dead Prez should not being doing this

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  9. Soulhitect: "They got to eat 2". You're right about that. But they're gonna starve if they put out this bullshit.

    The fact that stic.man would stoop this low -- which, admittedly, isn't too low (but disappointing nonetheless -- is disheartening given the expectations I had about him as a true socialist.

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  10. OK Ivan - lets talk socialism - it has a new face thanks to our fairly young hip cool President...
    but socilisim, I say, with a twist -

    The once hard line DPZ are marred and at the same time "lightened up" by the recent emotional election of our first black president - I think Obamas presidency has effected hip hop in a major way and this is a great example of it....

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  11. Not that I AGREE with this outcome but - i think it has its upside and downside - a downside being DPZ - going in this direction - but like you said its not that bad...... come on

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  12. As much of an Obama supporter as I am, I expect to hear criticism from groups like dpz - which is exactly what they did!

    Just before November 4th, they put out a track called "Politricks". Right? They asserted along the lines that Obama is "just another politician like they rest". I expect to hear that from dpz.

    That's called the loyal opposition.

    I don't think Obama affected dpz's music, and if he did, that's... odd...

    Obama is and never was a socialist, so that shouldn't really alter much about dpz. It might soften them up a bit. But not to the extent that they'll be dickriding the Weezy/Yeezy of "swag".

    Yah'mean?

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  13. Ok I see your point - but going back to my original argument the current state of the "WORLD" as a whole has been affected by the election of a black president in the US - what do you think that is going to do to the hip hop game concerning acts like DPZ - it will end them -fast- Black AMERICAN hip hop artist say "what" "the man got his foot on my neck" ???? and we just elected a black president!!!!! they had to change it up come one think about it.

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  14. Electing a black president didn't eliminate the fact that an African-American is more likely to be turned away from a rent application than a Caucasian. It didn't eliminate the fact that the young black youth is getting gunned down in the Bay and other areas of the country.

    The white power structure still reigns supreme.

    I believe all of these things to still be true, and I'm not even black!

    I'm not saying dpz should be the stereotypical "angry black males" just for the heck of it. Obviously there's got to be a message behind the image.

    But jumping on the swag-wagon? Nuh-uh. Sorry.

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  15. HA lol - I agree @ Ivan but at the end of the day I think DpZ are a group we see in a certain light, and as true Hip Hop heads we hate to see this happen to OUR artist. I'm not saying because Obama was elected my credit score is going to shoot up 100 points but it changes the mood in the room even though i know he's a a politician and part of the agenda - his existence and current status dose something to the sheepeople that inspire and ignite change for the better, in the lives of "underdogs" more so minority's like my self "BHAHAHAHAH"

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  16. I take it to heart when artists I like disappoint me. If it somebody I hardly listen to, then it's no big deal.

    I dunno...

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  17. Did notice that they were mocking the other artists music videos 3/4 of the way through the video...........

    One of them is doing a 'arab money' busta dance ;)

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  18. this shit really made me sick.

    couldn't agree more with you ivan.

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  19. i don't know, i always thought of dpz as kind of gimmicky to begin with, but this is probably a joke or someway to lure people in, a kind of spoonful of sugar type deal. Also, i never understood the che shirt thing. Half the people who wear them, che would've hated and probably would've killed

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  20. first thought was what the fuck....not sticky on this swag shit.....but i listened and yeah its on some positive upliftment type vibe...it is not disrespecting anyone...its something i could hear in a club and vibe out to but still get a positive message...i think that they are precieved as sooooo radical that they may wanted to show that they are regular people just like everyone else but they can connect their ideals and philosophies to a wider mass of people....stop trying to pigeon hole soo much...they aint comprise they ideals...its still uplifting..just presented in a different manner..shit i see the younger crowd being able to get down with this

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  21. with that said i do hate the whole "SWAG" fad...get a new term...use ur damn vocabulary....i just think they could have done better with that....

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  22. Either you all didn't bother watching the whole video, didn't listen to the lyrics, or the concept went over your heads. Stic is definitely not falling into the swag trend with this video, if anything he's rejecting the trendy and redefining it in his own terms with his usual positive message.

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  23. ^ Anon: Aw, c'mon man. He's rockin' the keffiyeh. Only two people wear the keffiyeh: Devout Muslims or hipster douchebags.

    ...I thought dpz were atheists. Process of elimination leads me to believe that it's a d-bag move on stic's part.

    My 0.02

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  24. So, you're criticizing him not for the music and message, but for wearing a scarf? Sounds like some elitist shit. How does that attitude separate you from the children that won't listen to artists because "they dress gay"?

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  25. Aesthetics and art (music) go hand-in-hand. The keffiyeh would not bother me if this song wasn't laced with these swaggerish chorus vocals.

    Obsession w/Swagger + wearing keffiyeh - Muslim = douche

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  26. @Ivan You're right this doesn't sound like DP. Musically I am not really down with it but I can't say they are straying too far from the DP message -- especially at the end when he's done rhyming. it's just watered down. They musta chilled out cause if they were still the old DPz this track would be calling for Unlce Tom to stop worrying about Uncle Sam and help out his people.

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  27. @Ivan people rock the keffiyeh all over europe and south america too.

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  28. ^ Okay, I can't comment on what goes on overseas. But in the US, you're either a devout Muslim or hipster douchebag for wearing it.

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