Thursday, September 24

Throwback Thursday: Yep In Your (Insert Favorite Color Here) Tee!

I'm not going to say that the year 2004 killed Hip Hop, but it didn't quite keep it from dying either. Actually, I'll go ahead and say this: some of the music in 2004, although ingenious, eventually caused the quasi-downfall of Hip Hop.

How So?

One example will be the topic of today's Throwback Thursday:

I absolutely love this song. I think it is incredibly creative. In addition, it encapsulates what MUSIC should be. Although it is ghetto, upon further analysis, one will see that "White Tee" described the diverse experiences of young African American men who all shared the commonality of rocking the fashion phenomenon of the oversized White T-Shirt. The song took a relevant issue (in this case, a piece of fashion), and used it to discuss a huge block of society (young African American men).

In my opinion, it's a brilliant concept. Banjee, yet brilliant nonetheless...

The problem with things that are both banjee and brilliant is that people fail to realize brilliance when its shrouded in Banjeeness. The converse is true with bougie things. We are all guilty of thinking something/someone contains depth or intellect simply because of bougieness. So, instead of seriously analyzing "White Tee," people just made random songs about T-shirts in other colors.

Black Tee was purportedly a diss song to Dem Franchize Boys. I honestly don't know, because I never listened or plan to listen to the lyrics of this song, but Gucci Mane could have kept it.

Pink Tee--I guess this was supposed to clown dudes who wear pink T-Shirts. Although I think wearing oversized pink clothing is a bit of paradox, this song did nothing for Hip Hip (except for push the knife in a little bit harder)

And even Soulja Boy had one about Blue Tees. PressPlay below AT YOUR OWN RISK, because this song is horrible.

It's time for some Real Hip Hop Therapy. Every now and then, we need to hear some real music to purge our minds of the ignorance the pervades Black radio. This song, which has nothing to do with t-shirts, always helps. Plus, it takes us back to when Hip Hop, no matter how violent or misogynistic, was generally really good music.