I recently watched a video of how the legendary hip-hop producer J-Dilla broke all the rules in his use of the MPC-3000, and created beats that appeared misaligned and disjointed. The production in Giriboy‘s “The Graduate” brings that to mind. And, actually so does Bono’s recent interesting commentary on hip-hop and male anger.
Now, I don’t mean to inflate Giriboy in anyway. The kid’s got talents, but you know, he’s still got a ways to go. And, his use of what appears to be misaligned chords are more in the melody than in the drum beats.
Coming along for the ride in The Graduate are the R&B vocals from “George,” which are a comforting salve from Giriboy’s emphatic flow.
Enter Bono. Didn’t Bono recently say in a recent Rollingstone interview that hip-hop is now the only available outlet for male-anger in music? Well, Giriboy’s flow in The Graduate is definitely is along those lines.
As the case was made by the pioneers and legends of hip-hop, like KRS-One and Tupac, who stamped hip-hop with all kinds of male anger, it’s better to hear all that testosterone driven emotion and strength in a rap song, than to witness is at the end of a clenched fist, or worse a weapon in those clenched fists.
So, what is Giriboy’s angst anyways!? Didn’t he try to disown hip-hop recently, when he tried to claim he doesn’t make just hip-hop.
“I don’t feel like a hip hop artist. It’s just music.”
– Girboy in Dazed Magazine June 2016
Maybe that’s now a trend for frustrated male hip-hop-inspired Korean artists, including B.A.P and Zico, who are constantly tossed about in the intersectional waves of black culture (with it’s demand for homage and respect) and it conflicts with Korean culture (with its demand for exclusivity and insularity).
BAP thought they could run away from hip-hop completely, when in their first comeback of 2017 they tried Europop, and wore fake unicorn-colored blonde mullets, in Like A Honeymoon. It didn’t work. Within a couple of weeks, they came crawling back with what made them famous to begin with. A hiphop centered music and themed comeback, with all its attendant male-angst, channeled properly, in Hands Up.
Coincidentally, just a week prior to the release of The Graduate, Giriboy released another MV called “Why You Mad.” Anyways, I guess Giriboy is back making hip-hop. After all, how else will he let loose of his male-anger from all those fan-hate he talked about in the Dazed interview.
As for that J-Dilla video:
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