Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bill Cosby to Release Hip-Hop Album


Well, kinda. He's not actually rapping (thank God), but the album is of Cosby's conceptual design, with guest rappers providing rhymes and themes focusing on, according to Cosby, "the value of an education. [and] the value of respecting one's self." Basically, the album, entitled Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency is an answer to the profanity/violence/misogyny-driven hip-hop that has become quite popular. While this album may be ignored or ridiculed by many, I've always appreciated Cosby's outspokeness on social issues and I think it could be legitimately interesting if not outright entertaining. For me personally, listening to rap music can be somewhat of a tug-of-war between conscious and musical objectivity, with albums like, let's say, Cam'ron's Purple Haze showcasing jaw-dropping rhyme schemes and vibrant soul samples while also offering lyrics like, "The game and the chick/Like Kobe ima rape the bitch." Not to mention the criminal background of nearly every meaningful rapper on the planet...but anyway, Cosby's got a rap album...well, a Cosby-curated rap album, to my understanding, so we'll see what happens.

5 comments:

dan said...

I wonder how many of these tracks will feature Lil Wayne...

Anonymous said...

lil wayne is the worst rapper alive, i dont care how many people ride that guys dick or consider him the greatest rapper alive.

Zack said...

Bill Cosby feat. T Pain

Joey (reasonableman616) said...

lil wayne...not a big fan, but this will be album of the year if t-pain sings the hooks

Andrew said...

The SBT contains both jaw-dropping rhyme schemes and educational lyrics. Cosby should follow their model.