Saturday, January 2, 2010

Corrupting Your Childhood

Disney films have had a long-standing track record of putting out subliminal messages to corrupt the youth. Allegedly. Phallic imagery and fuzzy obscenities aside, you’d be hard-pressed to find a cartoon – old or new – that couldn’t be perceived to contain messages – concealed or not – displaying violence, sexuality or even drug use (lay off the shrooms, Alice). It’s safe to say that Ren & Stimpy turned me the fuck out at a fairly young age. And though I’ve never watched SpongeBob SquarePants, I’ve been told it’s highly entertaining. I was told this by one of my stoner friends (who happens to be older than me). I digress. The relationship between cartoons and hip hop is an interesting one to say the least. Artists like Talib Kweli and Ghostface have rapped about their Saturday morning habits; Ras Kass has quoted Daffy Duck in his raps; Madlib and DOOM have garnered attention from the Adult Swim crowd. Uniquely, hip hop differs from many other genres of music in that it allows the artist to construct long-winded dialogues in a relatively short space. This makes room for wordy compositions – a perfect format for creative storytelling. Let’s see what happens when Coolio and K-Rino bring Mickey and crew to the ghetto…

DOWNLOAD: Coolio - Ghetto Cartoon
DOWNLOAD: K-Rino - Cartoon Orgie