If what Ice T recently said about Soulja Boy is true--that "Soulja Boy single-handedly killed hip hop--the 17-year-old super boy has an opportunity to redeem himself, thanks to the latest installment of the Unwrapped hip hop series that makes jazz renditions of popular rap songs.
I've always had a way of compartmentalizing when listening to misogynistic, profane and just plain bad rap lyrics. If the song has something else to offer--a good flow, lyric pattern or irresistible track--I can easily dismiss the part that I don't like. And that's been my approach to the lyrical content of Souljah Boy and Hurricane Chris. Interestingly, the Unwrapped versions evoke a completely different vibe.
Imagine a jazz jam session version of "Crank That" minus the Superman lyrics? If you're pushing 40 and have lyrical standards, Unwrapped is the fix for the otherwise guilty pleasure.
Hidden Beach Recordings President Steve McKeever says, "No." In fact, he told me that Mr. Collipark, who has produced for Soulja Boy, Hurricane Chris, and Ying Yang Twins, pitched to Hidden Beach a Collipark Sessions idea a few years ago and actually sent over a demo, doing a lot of the initial prep for the record.
- Soulja Boy
- Ice T