Put your hands in the air, Mixtapers! And move them back and forth in the manner that indicates a certain level of apathy about the whole matter. Welcome to another stunning, flawless, amazing, SNATCHING THE GOLD CHAINS OFF YOUR FAVORITE edition of the Majak Mixtape, where pop culture goes when they know little story that must be told. Today is Thursday and you know what that means? Well, besides being the day when people routinely pass out from having one too many drinks and one too many karaoke songs at The Recovery Room. It's THROWBACK THURSDAY, that special day of the week when we indulge in a heavy bit of nostalgia. We're busting out our Adidas tracksuits, Kangol hats, flat tops and our Jheri curl activator as we groove to some classic hip hop tunes.
But before we get to the tunes, let us first:
In our first cup of tea, Shaquille O'Neal announced his retirement from the NBA yesterday by way of his Twitter account. We hope this move from playing professional basketball means a) less of those Icy Hot endorsements and b) more of a chance to a long needed sequel to the classic Shaquille O'Neal film "Shazam." We can only hope.
And while Shaquille O'Neal was busily dropping out of professional sports, "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner was being dropped by his publicist with rumors swirling it was because his father was a regular Mama Rose. But, you know, probably smaller balls.
In other news, the Parent Television Council, who seriously get paid just to sit around drinking tea and being periodically enraged by things, has taken Rihanna to task for her latest music video for her single "Man Down." Is it because it took some 5 albums for Rihanna to be somewhat of a competent performer? Nope. The PTC has issues with the dark storyline in the video that has Rihanna's character shooting her rapist. PTC goes as far as saying, "If Chris Brown shot a woman in his new video and BET premiered it, the world would stop. Rihanna should not get a pass ..." The PTC is allegedly outraged even more because Rihanna tweeted fans that the video had an especially important messages for girls. What's there to be mad about, PTC? Ladies should always have their weave on-point even when committing vigilante justice. Lesson, consider yourself learned.
And speaking of murder, Bieber Beliebers on Twitter have sent out vicious attacks towards Selena Gomez after Ms. Gomez visited Justin Bieber's family, and he posted a photo of himself giving the Disney Channel starlet a foot massage. Somewhere Clay Aiken fans are relieved that there is finally a new fandom for a music star that has finally out-crazied them. We adore that a) we never had Twitter when we were a pre-teen and b) that half of these fans making threats are going to, by the time they reach college age, pretend that they never liked Justin Bieber to begin with.
And lastly, the Blake Lively photo scandal keeps on getting more and more interesting as her reps denied yesterday that it was here. This apparently angered the hacker who released another set of photos with the delightful tag on each photo saying, "Oh, yes, Blake's rep. These are totally fake. We really, really believe you. Want moar? BTW, thanks for all the faps." While TMZ was quick to point out they had never seen Blake Lively with tattoos, the sleuths on ONTD pointed out that she had some for her small but highly publicized role in the film "The Town." Whatever, we're still waiting on a nude photo scandal related to Chace Crawford.
Mic check, one, two, one, two Mixtapers! Welcome to another fine, fresh, fierce, got nostalgia on lock edition of the Throwback Thursday. Today, we have no room for no sucka MCs as we're serving up some fat beats, hot lyrics and the dopest/illest/insert other cliche hip top term here music as we look back to the some classic tunes from rap's golden age in the 1980s. We were all about the rap music when we were a kid. The biggest treat was going to Gary, Indiana, when we were a kid because, aside from MTV, we never got to hear rap music since the local Top 40 stations really had an aversion to playing it for the longest time. But as soon as we got outside of Chicago, we'd immediately turn off our mother's Anita Baker/Patti Labelle/James Ingram CD and switch over to 107.5 WGCI. We kick off this Mixtape with one of our favorite hip hop acts, De La Soul and their classic single "Me, Myself and I."
De La Soul had some of the best grooves and some of the smartest lyrics on the block. And while "Me, Myself and I" is the song that most people remember them for, our personal favorite will always be their song "Buddy," especially remix that featured folks like Monie Love, members of A Tribe Called Quest and Queen Latifah.
Musiq Soulchild a few years back took the song "Buddy" and made his own excellent version of it.
Long before Busta Rhymes was shutting it down by himself, he was in the excellent group Leaders of the New School. What bratty child didn't hear their song "Case of the PTA" and didn't find some sort of kinship to it.
And if we're talking about rap groups, this Mixtape desperately needs some Digital Underground. Gleefully irreverent in a world that often takes itself dead serious with its beefs, Digital Underground was just here to make you dance. The humpty dance of course.
Another great hip hop act was PM Dawn, who were setting us adrift on memory bliss with their mellow rap tunes like "Set Adrift."
And while other people were into NWA, Naughty By Nature and the like, we were all about A Tribe Called Quest. Smart, talented, clever and extremely catchy, Q-Tip and crew were shutting it down in fine fashion.
Hip hop, like a lot of genres, is awash in those one-hit wonders who come out strong and then quickly fizzle out. One of our favorite one-hit wonders has to be Positive K and his song "I Got a Man," a song that has ten million come-ons and just as many bitchy retorts.
And with that, we're bringing this Mixtape to a close. As always, we like to wish you love, peace and downloads. NOW LET US CLEAR OUR THROAT.