Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MC Cosby Update

As we reported on DivaSpeak TV Ep: 4 Bill Cosby is releasing a rap cd. Here's the update on what MC Cosby's got cookin:
LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby's path has taken him from pudding pops to hipLink hop.

The 70-year-old has recorded a hip-hop CD set for release next month. Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency blends the comedian's concepts and stories with a hip-hop, pop and jazz soundtrack.

"I do not rap on any of these things," Cosby told The Associated Press Monday. "I wouldn't know how to fix my mouth to say some of the words."

What Cosby does know, though, is that the hip-hop music he hears is profane and degrading. His album is "the opposite of what I think is the profanity for no particular reason, the misogyny for no particular reason. It really looks at the frustration and the anger that a young man may have," he said.

The album, assembled by Cosby's longtime musical collaborator Bill "Spaceman" Patterson, has guest rappers providing the rhymes. The subject matter? "The value of an education. The value of respecting one's self and ... giving (listeners) a chance to raise their self-esteem and confidence," Cosby said.

Patterson said he was surprised when Cosby first inquired about making a rap record — until the comedian revealed he wouldn't be the one doing the rapping.

"People started speculating — is he going to rap about Jell-O Pudding Pops or what?" Patterson said. "But he's always been involved in music and he was there for the first generation of spoken word ... He has always understood rap's potential, but he was appalled by the foul language and the misogyny — the way people used a medium that could be used to elevate people, to open their eyes and provoke thought."

Cosby made the album as a companion to his 2007 best-selling book, Come on, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors. And though he doesn't expect the CD to be a huge hit, it won't be his last hip-hop venture.

"We can do even better," he said. "The next one will be even more cheerleading."

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sounds like some "Oh this Middle Passage Negro" bs to me. I just think for someone who continues to shit on hip hop and how degrading it is but refuses to recognize those of us who use it for a more powerful purpose it's very presumptuous of him to step in like, "lemme show you how it's done." IT'S ALREADY BEING DONE! BY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS LIKE MYSELF! uggh.

Here's the DivaSpeakTV Ep where he got the LET DOWN for this foolery.


Frank said...

I like Bill Cosby:) He's not afraid to speak truth

loveher said...

"I wouldn't know how to fix my mouth to say some of the words." lmao wtf? I guess I gotta update my resume to "bilingual". lol
Cos must be listening to the mainstream rap/hip-hop which unfortunately gives the wrong impression of the art since many of those artists take the craft as just a money-making biz and their messages lack substance.

And I love the YO! What Happened shirt... that message spreads across the board. $30 though? Damn, I'll make my own.

meluv79 said...

I wonder, who would purchase his hip-hop stuff?!

Anonymous said...

i understand the frustration, but naw, he didnt need to make a album....people can sit down and things can be discussed (and no i dont mean on oprah)....