The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Hierophants of Hip Hop #9



H. P. L. said...

My very first encounter with rap! Wonder what they're up to nowadays?

swac said...

Sadly, Jam Master Jay hasn't been up to much lately.

Run found the lord and I think he records gospel rap as Rev. Run. He also had a reality show called Run's House, but I don't know if that's still on or not.

DMC continues to record and is working on an updated autobiography.

Fred said...

Swac is right. Jam Master Jay was shot to death in a recording studio in 2002, which prompted the retirement of the band.

Testify said...

I love Run DMC but I do sometimes think that they and Def Jam ruined hip hop. Before it was a home made but funky thing post Run DMC (and later Public Enemy) it became a sort of 'rock' thing and found a new (white male) audience. Not to mention the kind of early product placement of My Adidas, which could me seen as a kind of early bling brag. So basically Run DMC I accusse you of turning hip hop from funky fun to the kind of dull heavy metal blokey bling fest it is now.