I don’t frequent many forums these days. The seem to “cliquish” at times, that coupled with a lot of juvenile like behavior from, well, juveniles and I a lot of them just turn me off. They do have their good points as well. There can be some very smart cats on them that are like a book of knowledge. Then you can find some treasure trove of lost gems if you find the right forum or just a released album to “preview”. They can be a great way to kill time when you are bored or trying to avoid doing anything constructive. I do check a few of them out a couple times a week, mostly in “lurker” status. I have been a long time member of mastaace.com boards. That board is a little different, there are about 20 of us that are active and the boards don’t even accept new members, so it’s pretty laxed. I’ve been known to frequent the justus league forums from time to time as well as they seem to have more of a “mature” crowd on their for the most part, kind of like an early version of okayplayer before it became a hip hop household name. One forum I’ve found myself checking about five times a week is the Philaflava forum.
One way Philaflava is different is that they always offer creative polls that encourage debate and jovial banter among the posters. Debate can be great when it comes to hip-hop, it’s one of the reasons I started a blog and these polls are great tools for discussion. In the past month, they’ve also started a sort of “hip hop fantasy” tournament. The first one pitted obscure hip-hop artists against each other in a tourney of 64. Sure, it’s kind of geek like in nature, but you’re reading a blog, so save it.
The current tourney covers a topic that is near and dear to my heart, the greatest 80’s hip-hop song. It all started in the T.R.O.Y. section, which I would like to see more members after the loss of the Cocaine Blunts board. Members nominated tracks, then the monitors narrowed the field down to 64. I’ll admit, my field would probably look a lot different, but that’s part of the fun. It wouldn’t be much fun if all my favorite teams made the NFL playoffs every year (I’m still pissed that “Greatest Man Alive” didn’t make it though..haha). Next, they group the field together to form eight match-ups per group (16 songs for those of you mathematical challenged people) and post up each “group” every third day while people vote on them.
They also include mp3’s of the songs in the match-ups with each new group so the voter can make an “informed decision”. I think it’s an interesting idea, one which I’ll follow, if nothing else just so I can make sure my favorite songs go on in the tourney.
The first group of eight match-ups just ended yesterday
K Rob vs Rammelzee – Beat Bop
Jungle Brothers – Because I Got It Like That
Trav’s Vote: Beat Bop
Winner: Because I Got It Like That 19-11
Run DMC – Beats To The Rhyme
D.O.C. – Whirlwind Pyramid
Trav’s Vote: Beats To The Rhyme (of course)
Winner: Beats To The Rhyme 25-4
Cold Crush Brothers – Fresh, Fly, Wild & Bold
Slick Rick – Children’s Story
Trav’s Vote: Children’s Story
Winner: Children’s Story 28-1
Whodini – Five Minutes Of Funk
Cool C – Juice Crew Dis
Trav’s Vote: Juice Crew Dis
Winner: Juice Crew Dis 16-15
A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien
Kool G Rap – Men At Work
Trav’s Vote – Men At Work
Winner: Men At Work 29-5
Tuff Crew – Behold The Detonater
Treacherous Three & Spoonie G – New Rap Language
Trav’s Vote: New Rap Language
Winner: New Rap Language 18-2
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
Gang Starr – Words I Manifest (remix)
Trav’s Vote: Straight Outta Compton (tough one)
Winner: Straight Outta Compton 37-9
Funky Four + 1 – It’s The Joint
Busy Bee – Suicide
Trav’s Vote: It’s The Joint
Winner: It’s The Joint 23-2
Second Group (The Match Up Links will Take you to links for the songs)
The second group of eight match-ups was posted up today with some interesting match ups.
The Match Up
This match up is probably one of the tighter duels of this group. You have the “900 Number” which contains the classic loop that is better known as “The Ed Lover Dance” for us old fogies that watched “Yo! MTV Raps”. It’s produced by the legendary DJ Mark The 45 King, who is highly underrated in my book. It’s defines “funky” and is a classic in the realms of the hip-hop world and 80’s hip-hop. I do find it kind of hard to vote for something that is essentially an instrumental, but what an instrumental it is.
It’s going up against one of the more underrated groups in my opinion of the 80’s era hip hop, Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rudd. The track has production from the legendary Paul C, who was the master of the drums during this time and on the album from which this track came from. Personally, I probably would have went with “Girls, Got