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April 16, 2008

Bill Cosby’s hip new album is decent

Filed under: Culture — disciplepete @ 3:56 pm

LOS ANGELES Bill Cosby’s path has taken him from pudding pops to hip hop.

The 70-year-old has recorded a hip-hop album 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 on Monday. “I wouldn’t know how to fix my mouth to say some of the words.”

Cosby said 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,” he said. “It really looks at the frustration and the anger that a young man may have.”

The album, assembled by Cosby’s longtime musical collaborator Bill “Spaceman” Patterson, contains rhymes provided by guest rappers. 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. (article)

That would be interesting to hear. Tranimal, you gonna burn me this shit? =) This story reminds me of an album I heard by Cornel West which had some dope hip hop on it (well a lotta hip hop fans might find it corny but I dug it).



  1. Bill Cosby dropping a hip hop album? I love it. However I’m very disapointed in hearing that Bill actually won’t rap on the album himself and is instead enlisting no name emcees. One of my fellow bloggers over on Highbrid Nation reported on Bill’s album and I decided to make a plea in the comments section to Bill to let me ghost write for him and I even wrote some rhymes for Bill. Funny stuff, check it out when you get a chance (Link)

    But anyway, I ain’t mad at Bill, he comes across as an angry old man but a lot of what he says is wrong in the inner city is very on point.

    Comment by Mike Belgrove — April 16, 2008 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  2. Hey, those are some wild lyrics u put on your blog…Bill ain’t bustin that shit! You gotta keep it rated G for our boy! =)I posted a comment on ur blog, don’t know if it went thru..

    Cosby re: the inner city..the gist of it is that he’s telling inner city Blacks that they need to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and stuff like that, right?

    I dunno, the way he puts it really sounds like blaming the victim. Yes, it is the responsibility of everyone to help themselves, but the problems of the inner city folks are also part of a larger system…to be more fair, he should say something about those who hold the political and economic power instead of exclusively harping on the inner city residents themselves. It’s just bigger than that I think.

    Comment by disciplepete — April 16, 2008 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  3. Cornel West made a hip hop album??? Disciple Pete, you must send me some tracks!!! Cuz otherwise, that would be wacks… and now taking it backs…

    Hmmmm… Bill Cosby dropping a “hip hop” album. Tastes like iron. Iron-y. Perhaps… iron-ic? At the same time, I have a hard time knocking people above the age of 50 due to my internalized child-of-immigrant upbringing, but if I were to critique Bill Cosby at alllllll…

    Okay, people who have done so much and survived so much have a tendency to be set in their ways.

    THAT said… I feel critical of the fact that Cosby is using elements of hip hop — a genre of music he conflates with misogyny and profanity (urrgh. I’m allergic to people who base value judgment on the level of curse words) which is problematic itself — to TELL a community which he does not belong to, to PULL THEMSELVES UP by the bootstraps.

    I mean… for a dude who doesn’t dig or understand hip hop (not saying that I’m an expert), it’s problematic to use THAT as a TOOL to CONNECT to a group of folks he seems so disconnected to on a socio-economic scale, and even cultural scale. It’s PATRONIZING. And it keeps reminding me the face of Gwyneth Paltrow in the We Are Africa campaign.

    Aliiiiiiiiiice Passing Judgment. Hence, feel free to judge her judgment.

    Comment by Aliiiiiiice — April 17, 2008 @ 4:38 am | Reply

  4. I actually don’t have that Cornel West album, I borrowed it from the library! It was tight bumpin Cornel in my ride for 2 weeks tho…I think I intimidated the fools on the block and raised my street cred.

    Ya I feel ya on your judgement of Cosby, but he does have more connection to the community than Paltrow to whoever it is she’s trying to save. I think Cosby has good intentions, I just think he’s wrong.

    yeah..that internalized child-of-immigrant respect for older folks… I have that too to some degree. We need to get over it and let our true disrespect ring free!

    Comment by disciplepete — April 17, 2008 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

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