Maybe this post should be titled "Real Vs. Fake" or something like that . You be the judge. This story originated on myspace back in october 2007 with a bulletin from Roxanne Shante in regards to the vh1 hip hop honors. She mentioned how she had never been invited or reconigzed for her contributions in hip hop by VH1. She asked if she should even attend the show as a guest. This was my response to her and several people on my myspace friends list including fab 5 freddy.
upon receiving my "comment",fab 5 freddy decided to respond,and the story goes like this,
Darrell D's Comment:
"I just can't believe it. the vh1 hip hop honors show gets worst every year. why do you ask? well, it started out pretty good. honoring Grandmaster Flash,Dj Hollywood,Kool Herc,Sugarhill Gang,Rock Steady,Bambaataa,Russell Simmons,etc.
But at the same time it was honoring some artists way too soon. people like Rakim,Beastie Boys,LL Cool J,KRS-ONE,MC Lyte,etc. Don't get me wrong,i love all these guys but to honor them right now is way too soon. There are many many people from the 1970's and 80's that have yet to be honered. People like the Cold Crush Brothers, Fearless Four, Jazzy Jay, Sha Rock, Disco Wiz, Busy Bee, Eddie Cheeba, the Latin Quarter, Fantastic Five, Love Bug Starski, Pete Dj Jones, Sal Abbatiello/the Disco Fever, Style Wars, Jamal Shabazz, Treacherous 3, Spoonie Gee, Soul Sonic Force/Cosmic Force, Dj Breakout, Dj Baron,NYC Breakers, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Electric Boogaloos, Alien Ness, I could go on and on. why aren't they being honored???!!! Even the VH1 hip hop honors is all about ratings, and now,(i can't believe i'm about to say this) now they want to honor people that should never in this lifetime be honored,yes i'm talkin about Missy! c'mon y'all, Missy?????!!!! Where did this chick even come from?! She has nothing to do with Hip Hop. Roxanne Shante asked me if i thought she should go to the show this year even though they keep passing her by. i told her she should not go,and for the record, i'm not watching. what do you guys think? let me know. peace & love darrell d
Date: Oct 7, 2007 10:03 PM
Hey, it's your lucky day darrell d.
Now let me school you son.
Watch the format of the previous shows and you'll see that we draw from various periods of hip hop culture. It's not just about the 70's, 80's or the 90's. it's about all of that. The span of greatness, creativity, originality and innovation that hip hop has spawned in music, art, dance and film. It's about those that trully made an innovative, creative and forceful impact on the game.
It sounds like your just hating after choking on a bunch of sour grapes.
TV is about ratings. Remember, this is show business. After the initial hip hop revoloution in the 70's and early 80's here in NYC the business took it's place next to the show. If your at the top of your game, no business, no show. We were all teens back then. Adults now.
I'm proud that we've come up with a method to get ratings, keep the show moving and do what we do well with Hip Hop Honors. Entertain, educate, and enlighten. I laid bricks in the foundation of this culture and worked on the blueprints. What have you done? Yea, I'm on the team that puts Vh1's HIP HOP HONORS together. Co-executive producer to be specific. And my film, the fist and best to date on hip hop culture gets honored as well this year. And I'm sitting next to Missy in the honoree box. A truly creative talent, and the most succesful female producer ever. And shes also a branch of the broad, ever expanding and encompassing hip hop tree. Wild Style put it all together. It's the reason the 4 elements exists as the foundation of all this. Wild Style put them all together in a neat little picture frame 25 years ago. The trully smart ones get that. The smart ones will also get it later tonight when the show airs and sees how big and diverse it all really is, and in many cases, was.
So put your own show together. And I wish you luck. I'll watch and see what you come up with. if you do it well I'll give you props. If not. I wont watch.
I never hate. I congratulate.
I was there in the "old school" my son. I've done it all. From the streets to the suites and back to the corners. And some of my best work will be shinning bright on our 4th and best Hip Hop Honors show to date.
Share this with your friends darrell. Wether they watch or not
One, FAB 5 FREDDY
from DARRELL D
That's the problem!!!! it's that kind of attitude that keeps us from giving credit where it is really due. this show started off incredible! then slowly but surely you got away from the real innovators,the real legends. grandmaster caz wrote the biggest rap song of all time but instead of "educating and enlightening", as you put it,we instead will hear about Teddy Riley and the "New Jack Swing" era. WOOPEEDOOOO!!! Who in the 1990's can you honestly call a legend? What did snoop dogg do that was so great? Can you compare him to Grand Wizard Theodore? Can you compare A Tribe Called Quest to the L Brothers? like i said before,it's not that they should not get any props but first things first. "The Business" as you call it is the reason why radio sucks today, it's the reason why we only see "bitches" and "hoes" in videos, when was the last time you heard "Catch the Beat" in a club? The public cannot be properly educated untill you use the proper tools or in this case,people.
I love this culture. You have no doubt made big moves in hip hop and for that i thank you. From my heart,i thank you. But don't forget that this culture is being exploited by the powers that be, all for the almighty dollar!
Let me tell you. I'm not from new york and was not around for the birth of this culture, but i was there all throughout the infancy stages. I saw it grow from a baby to a grown man and the entire time i continue to educate the masses. I have been a Dj in this culture since 1986. Because i have such a love for this culture, i have studied the lives of the poor urban ghetto youth who created it. That includes you freddy. What have i done? I flew to boston last year to attend the MILESTONES ceremony which you hosted and slept in my car just so i could meet you (you signed my wildstyle record. remember?). I have traveled all over the country to meet and speak with many hip hop legends because i want all of you to know that i appreciate what you guys/gals did for me. That's what i have done.
I am aware that you are involved in this show,that's why i sent this to you as well. Let me ask you a question. Why is it that out of everyone that responded to this bulletin you are the only one who disagrees? Could it be that out of everyone who responded you are the only one on VH1's payroll? I understand that hip hop in now a business. I also understand that you have bills. I believe that if you were not receiving a paycheck from VH1 you would be over here with the rest of us and you would be asking, "why are they honoring "Boyz in the Hood" and not "Wild Style?". 4 years it took to honor "the first and best to date" Hip Hop movie of all time??? C'mon! There are tons of award shows that honor Missy and people like her and i don't have a problem with that. But this is suppose to be the "hip hop" honors. You of all people know that hip hop represents a culture,not a music genre. She's not a hip hop artist, she's a rapper/singer. And not a very good one at that. And while we're on the subject of missy, lets also point out that her fame comes from 3 things. 1. Timberland 2. Hip Hop's old school (notice how she wears shelltoes,sweat suits,& fat gold chains these days. and let's not forget all the old school music she uses) and 3. Bull***t radio. Can you admit that? And you say that you are sitting next to her as an honoree? That is nothing to brag about my brother.
No need for me to put a show together because i honor the greats on a daily basis.
"share this with my friends" Freddy?
You bet i will bro. But i noticed you did not share this with any of your friends when i sent it to you. Let's see if you do that and let them judge for themselves.
peace and love Darrell D
Here's some responses Darrell D got from some LEGENDS!!!!!
dj easy lee
Darryl, I can't agree with you more. I'm so disgusted myself, that I can't even watch. I myself am the only old school DJ to have DJ'ed for (3) three old school pioneer groups. 1. Spoony G 2. Treacherous Three 3. Kool Moe Dee I have releases on my own rap label (EasyLee Records) on The Fearless, Treacherous Three, and Kool Moe Dee. I'm still very active in the music industry in 2007. I started in 1978, and no one even knows who I am. My deceased buddy DJ Scott La Rock, God bless his memory (KRS One fame) is more of a household name thatn I, and he's been gone over ten years. I read so called rap books, and periodicals, and it's like I never existed! I have to explain who I am to even get in a rap pioneer event. I just can't understand it. Thanks for posting, and voicing your opinion.
peace thanks for sharin this info...on my main page read my blog hip hop honor....shit ive never been invited 2 the awards....and thats crazy...for me what i dont like about it is...if you are goin to call it hip hop honors....where is the legendary graffiti writers???...where is the b-boys & b-girls???....dont call it hip hop if all the elements are not on the show....freddy got my info and never once said yo donald-d....we need ya present there....damn ive been in it since the days in the parks....doin radio....makin musik....producing...workin in films....touring....one of the most sample lyrics in history....and still putting out musik....yo fab 5 where is my honor????.....oh i guess i need 2 be on mtv & prime time radio 2 get in.....one!!!!
Cee-knowledge a.k.a. doodlebug of digible planets
yooooo, darrell d you are dat cat!!! i am a fan of yours from this day forth!!! you gave it to him...all your answers were concise and to the point...nuff respect my brother...hip hop is not dead as long as there are men like you standing up for the integrity of our culture...peace cee know the doodlebug
dj louie lou (dj for t la rock)
Yes,I thought the same thing.It is to damn early to crown Missy as a legend.She is truely talented,but to early for the legendary crown.
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You checked that *****. Fab Five Freddy hasn't been much more than a hip hop Uncle Tom since Yo MTV raps any way. He's defending his work. I guess I can't blame him. Hip Hop honors has bored me to sleep since the first show. I haven't watched it since. One love for representing like that though. Holler at your boy though, Darrell. I'm trying to get back to Arizona soon as possible.
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fab 5 is a real house *****. He's been selling Hip Hop to them for a long time.
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dj disco wiz
you are fighting the Good fight, never feel that you are alone Bro...
dres from black sheep
can you here that darrell? that's the sound of me applauding you brother. thank you for the support of real rap music and keep up the good work.
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peace to you bro...your letter to fab jive freddy was shared with me. there are not too many words that you can sum the so called brother up with. but dildo would be one. i know the man personally know how he slithered into the game...etc..etc...and have been an advocate of the essence and realities and facts of hip hop forever...which would be a good reason why though the brother man knows my track record and history in hip hop you would not see the likes of me in or behind the scenes of a vh1. fred knows the half but he's never gonna let the public know. and as for wild style and the man charlie ahearn who behind the scenes is as full of it and as sincere as a pedophile...he and his movie get no respect from me...for a number of reasons that i will not get into at the moment...i was never involved in it never supported it...but somehow my image and name seems to continue to pop up in connection to it...but not just for historys sake...but for his storys sake..
there's alot more to vh1 and wild style than meets the eye...as there is to fred too...
but i commened you for bringing it to the poser. he is just another self serving prop as are the primadonna lady pinks...and the list goes on. alot of folks are not what they appear to be...and if they are put to the test like fab...everyone else and all eyes will see...
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VH1 Hip Hop Honors has it all wrong. i agree im not involved with the show i just did it. anyway, people think Hip Hop started with Run Dmc and even some think it started with rappers delight, but theres a whole world of Hip Hop that no one knows about! before rap was on records there were the first KIngs and Queens.......Kool Herc, Grandwizard Theodore, Fantastic Five, Flash and The Furious 5, Cold Crush 4, Charlie Chase, Tony Tone, Afrika Bambatta, Zulu Nation, Jazzy 5 MCs, Treacherous 3, DJ Easy Lee, Crash Crew, DJ Darryl C, Breakout, Baron, Force MCs, DR.Rock, Sha ROCK! Does anyone have a Shorn Cee Tape! and a wholel list of Super Stars who are way way way way awesome and influential than these "recording artist" of today. my world of everlasting Hip Hop begins and always will be the days of the cassettes which recorded the live shows! without that Run DMC and Jay would have never been allowed to kick the doors of popular music open! on that note i want you to know that i am starting a network....Darryls Music Channel DMC-TV that will be Hip Hop Cultures Heaven and Haven. im gonna put BET,MTV, CNN,FOX,MSNBC and all the others to rest. Hip Hop Is a way of life!!!!!more powerful than religion and politics combined! also i will be forming the true and chrnologiclly correct Hip hop Hall Of Fame! just like the Rock N roll hall Of Fame!!!!! Cold crush vs Fantastic Five is tape that stays on in my box!!!!! thanks for the concern.
i also recieved a phone calls from Kangol Kid and Biz Markie.