Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rolling Stone is Laughable on Hip Hop List

From time to time I have to report out on the insanity of the Rolling Stones lists and their fixation with Bob Dylan, the sixties, and other obscurities. Here I had to revise their top guitarist list which was comically irrelevant, as well as their equally terrible top guitar songs list.

While I know hardly anything about hip hop relative to my knowledge of rock everyone knows that putting Eminem on the cover is a gaffe in that community. Even Eminem himself would probably cringe at being the face of hip hop, when you have icons like Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie, Snoop, Dr Dre, and Kanye. Sure he's the best white rapper alive but really...
Then onto the list. These songs are so old I even remember them.
1. "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash from 1982
2. "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang from 1979
3. "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambattaa from 1982
4. "Sucker MC's" by Run-DMC from 1983
5. "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" by Dr. Dre and Snoop from 1992

It is hilarious that Rolling Stone put their "musty test" to rap just like they do to rock (Bob Dylan) and guitar (Jimi Hendrix). They are really saying that those first four songs that are 30 years old or even older are the best hip hop songs? They are definitely old and were pioneers but that isn't the best. Fine I'll agree with #5 but the first four gotta go.

Luckily the list is so laughably bad right from the top and with Eminem on the cover I don't need to spend even five minutes thinking about it. This post basically wrote itself.

Cross posted at Chicago Boyz


Dan from Madison said...

Who writes for RS? Are they aware how badly they show their age in these lists?

Carl from Chicago said...

The strange thing is that they asked a bunch of hip hop people some of whom actually had credibility like NAS and Rick Rubin. Then all their dumb writers piled on too.

They seem to bring in more and better people to contribute but the results are still a pile of stinking poo.

Dan from Madison said...

I think they probably "ask" the industry people and then just rank and write whatever they were going to in the first place. There is no way anyone really thinks that Afrika Bambattaa deserves to be on that list besides some aged dinosaur from the rap fan bizarro world.

Gerry from Valpo said...

Rolling Stone has turned into leftist propaganda and pop cultural rubbish. Music is an afterthought. I wouldn't use it to start a fire.

Anonymous said...

i stop buying rolling stone mag when they start publishing hip-hop