What do you think of Hip Hop? What's the first thing that comes to your mind?
Today we want to share our transition between jazz and the hip hop culture. (BTW, we are still early in the transition process.)
He's cool, slick, classy, rad and colorful all at the same time. Its not just his personal characteristics that have hip hop traits...but his clothing and his speech have hip hop written all over it!
For example, Def-i comes with his own slang. If you don't hang with Def-i, his slang might seem a little confusing to the normal man.
"Z bro, lets roll" translates to "They don't have anything, lets depart."
"No spark in the dark, no fam to make the ex-P lit" translates to "Tonight is boring, I wish I had my friends around so we could have a great experience together."
"shi kis'ii no messy, no dee gis'ii in the heady" translates to, never mind(We still don't know what that means sorry...)
Many may think the transition from jazz to hip hop is difficult. The musical transition was the easiest, the hardest transition to make was our apparel (we still having trouble with this!). The second hardest transition is our hip hop slang. We're not saying we are trying to be someone we are not, we are simply trying to accept and practice the culture of hip hop. When you embrace a musical form and its culture, everyone tends to understand it and can deliver better.
If you think we are weird or square, this is why...
Mike, Delbert and Nick have the hardest time understanding and speaking hip hop slang. Their idea of hip hop slang is:
"two chains, yeeeaaaah"
"drop it likes it hot"
"ugggh, turn it up, ugggh mic check"
Their slang vocabulary pretty much stops there.
When Delbert decided to use hip hop slang on one of Def-i's friends, it went down like this:
"Yo Yo man" - delbert
"huh?" - hip hop man
"yo yo man, what up" - delbert
"who's playin the yo yo man?" - hip hop man
"no, i meant how are you doing?" - delbert
"i don't do yo yo bro, its no no" - hip hop man
-delbert's slang - FAILED...
Nick wasn't that successful either:
"hey fam!" - nick
"whos fam?" - hip hop man
"uggh, nothing...whats up brotha?" - nick
"whos fam and brotha bro?" - hip hop man
"uggg, thanks for speaking to me, i got to go" - nick
-nick's slang - FAILED
When you seem to figure out the hidden secret of slang, it changes...Mike has always been straight forward with the hip hop crowd...
"yo Mike, you were spark bro!" - hip hop man
"I know my sparks" - mike
"haha that's tight yo! you're cool man!" - hip hop man
"thanks brotha man" - mike
-mike's slang - SUCCESS
Now, we're not sure why Mike gets along with the culture so well, we think he's getting lucky...meaning he doesn't know what he's saying either...Mike may seem to get along pretty well in terms of slang but this next topic has never been mastered...
Everyone knows that Def-i has the coolest apparel...In fact just his presence alone brings the vibe of hip hop. Def-i wears the most appealing clothing. We all admire how well Def-i embraces the hip hop culture. When you see Def-i you know it Def-i because of his appearance. At a gig in Colorado, Def-i was approached by someone who said,
"I don't know who you are, but I know you are someone by the way you dress."
It was the coolest thing we had ever seen! So we tried to up our hip hop game by describing ourselves with words like:
And our great dear friend Tony Skiens said,
"More like fathers"
Tony was right, no matter how much we try and change, our main role as a father will always come through.
Def-i is the only man in the group that doesn't have children. Which is why we think he's able to express hip hop so well. For Nick it's very easy to get away with apparel because he's behind a drum set and no one really cares how he dresses. No one worries about Mike's apparel because his whole body tends to hide behind his bass. However, Delbert only has a trumpet so he tried to wear a yellow shirt one night. The yellow didn't match in our opinion, and he ended up changing his shirt after our first set.
Something else to think about...
Dads only shop at JC Penny, Bealls, Wal Mart, K-Mart, etc.
Everyone knows that these stores lack in hip hop apparel. Nick once said, we need to start shopping at "Journeys" and "Pac Sun". He was right...because when you shop at two different places, you can tell the difference. Check out this photo below...
In fact, at a couple gigs, the audience at one point, thought we were Def-i's agents/body guards. It was very interesting. We were told we look nothing alike...Nick was called Def-i's personal banker. Delbert was called Def-i's booking agent and Mike was called his personal body guard.
DDAT has become more solid over the years and enjoyed meeting the new crowds in the hip hop world.
We are very pleased with the new DDAT experiences!
We will get better at it...For now we stick with suits and coats...It works better.
"Don't hate the playa, hate the game." - Will Smith
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