7 Weird Hip-Hop Facts Found On Wikipedia
Thank you, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, for giving us a place to stuff humanity’s collective, highly flawed, and sometimes downright useless body of knowledge. A journey into the oft-disputed online encyclopedia can feel like wandering the corridors of one of those enormous self-storage complexes, lonely and full of mysterious doors, behind which lies all kinds of abandoned junk (whose contents, when auctioned off to enterprising hustlers, actually makes for pretty good TV). So, in the spirit of our favorite genre of reality TV (abandoned storage units), that’s what we tried to do with this article: open different Wikipedia pages, and blow off the dust in search of some rare and obscure hip-hop “finds” that don’t look worth much, except to collectors of this kind of stuff, i.e. rap fans, i.e. you.
According to the late movie star’s Wikipedia page, Swayze’s name has been invoked numerous times by rappers as a metaphor for disappearing in an unexpected fashion, aka “ghosting.” Because of, well, you know, that iconic ’80s movie he was in. We forget what it’s called.
Just the fact that someone would take all this time to tally all the infighting within a certain genre of music is… strangely admirable. Less impressively: it still hasn’t been updated with Drake versus Meek feud, but who knows how many more chapters are to come in that epic saga.
New York City Breakers
Many will know, at least vaguely, of the existence of this legendary breakdancing crew. But what’s interesting is how they solved their beef with (arguably more well known) rival crew, the Rock Steady. According to NYCB’s Wikipedia article, the two dance teams had participated in a heated battle against each other at a Bronx High School, when things suddenly went awry. “Ironically, the two battling crews had to join together, to fight their way out of the Jam when the crowd turned against both of them. This incident created a lasting friendship and respect between these dance crews.”
Mr. II, a staple of Tanzania’s hip-hop scene, may also be one of the world’s only rappers to be elected to parliament. For five years the “M-Net Best Male Artist Grammy Award Winner for Tanzania in 2001” has been an elected member of the Chadema party, Tanzania’s center-right political party (anti-corruption being their main platform). According to Wikipedia, Mr. II is “the most productive Tanzanian hip hop musician, given the number of released albums.”
A duo from the Australian coastal city of Brisbane, the two have been described as making “ocker hip-hop.” What is that? According to Wikipedia (citing author Tony Mitchell), it “insists on using a broad Australian accent, with frequent swearing and recourse to Australian slang, decries MCs who rap with an American accent as ‘wack’ (ridiculous) and often celebrates aspects of Anglo-Australian working class culture like barbecues, sport and pubs.” Yep, rapping about barbecues in Australia is a thing.
Just gonna leave this here.
Clowning is the less aggressive predecessor to krumping and was created in 1992 by Thomas “Tommy the Clown” Johnson in Compton, California. In the 1990s, Johnson and his dancers, the Hip Hop Clowns, would paint their faces and perform clowning for children at birthday parties or for the general public at other functions as a form of entertainment.
Who’da thunk it, but for this cult Atlanta hitmaker and Grand Hustle Records signee, the path to success was paved by a childhood friend: Daddy Mack Smith, of Kriss Kross (although back then he was probably just known as “Chris”).