[EDITOR’S NOTE: Please assist me in welcoming our newest contributor, Foreign Correspondent Jebson Interlandi. This is his first post of what I hope will be many. You other stringers can consider yourselves on notice.]
Hallo en goedendag, as they say over here in the Netherlands. It is with great pleasure that I join The Contrarian Media Group as Foreign Correspondent. The carrier-pigeon brought news of my acceptance yesterday as I was sitting at a cafe, simultaneously sipping wine and espresso, my feet comfortable in yellow clogs, beret resting fashionably on my head, a baguette on the table, an assortment of aged cheeses on their way and my copy of Sartre. . . water-logged in the toilet, where I left it.
I look forward to bringing news and opinions from afar. There’s a lot of action over here in the ‘Dam, and I intend to interfere every chance I get. In the meantime, I figured I’d use this blog to share some phenomenal hip-hop rarely credited for its innovation and superlative lyrical flow.
Today does happen to be (or rather, would’ve been) Dee Dee Ramone‘s birthday. Sadly, he passed away [Editor’s Note: a nice way of putting it] at the age of 50, but we can still honor his many musical accomplishments. Whether or not you’re a Ramones fan, I think everybody can appreciate his influence on the "rap" genre. Working under the alias Dee Dee King, he made a deep impression on the artform, as the following clip illustrates. Unfortunately, this abbreviated video is frequently interrupted by commentary. Still, it remains an amazing example of Dee Dee’s considerable street-cred. In fact, it’s almost as good as Kurtis Blow‘s "Basketball." More to come…