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Jog9 Productions: Soundz of Spirit

 
"If you can speak, see, and hear without the use of your mouth, eyes, or ears, you have proven the existence of your spirit." - KRS-1

Look at that sentence. I mean, really, read it carefully. I did, and, after I had digested it, I called my boy and asked him if he knew what KRS-1 was talking about, and he said yea, he was livin' that shit, but - no matter how much I think it over - I still can't honestly say, exactly, what it means, or what the hell it's got to do with rapping either.

The quote comes from Jog9 Productions' nicely-packaged DVD/CD set, called Soundz Of Spirit, and it's got a whole mess of people from the rap game (and I mean a whole mess of people, like Andre 3000 and Dilated Peoples and Cee-Lo and Q-Bert and Jurassic 5 just to name a few) speaking about spirituality and the creative process. But, like the KRS-1 quote, listening to entertainers (who aren't always as articulate, in person, as they are on record) trying to describe how spiritual beliefs fuel their work is a lot like listening to someone trying to explain the movements of smoke in the air. And, just like when Gangsta rappers thank God at awards shows, I had a really hard time taking it all seriously.

The artists - and, I suspect, the filmmakers - can't even imagine the possibility that all this spiritual talk could be just so much hooey. "Just talkin' loud - ain't sayin' nothin'.", as James Brown used to say. Only the Bay Area's Davey D comes closest to reality, when he describes some rappers as wannabe rogue preachers, always ready to pass the hat.

Once it gets going, the filmmakers seem aware of how light the subject matter actually is, so they try to solve it by quick-cutting, but that seems to only compound the problem. All the live performances are tightly edited (the whole DVD is, really, just a series of cuts) or they have a voice-over, and those that aren't are presentations of several flavors of Slam-type poetry - featuring people we've never heard of - usually instructing us (with the subtlety of P-Diddy's "Vote Or Die" campaign) on their version of how we ought to live, morally speaking.

The CD is better, as expected, with all the rappers sounding much more intelligent with a beat behind them.

The Crack Emcee
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