3.15.2006

"Man... You come right out of a comic book."

Our generation is now reaping the seeds that have been planted thirty years ago by Blaxploitation and Hong Kong Phooey. I've been watching a lot of Boondocks and have come to the conclusion that though none of the ideas are original, it's probably one of the most (would it be too pretentious to use a wine metaphor?) full-bodied shows on TV right now.
If any of you haven't seen the Boondock's "Let's Nab Oprah" episode, I insist you BitTorrent that shit right now. Starring the incorrigable team of Wuncler and Rummy, the real treat is the episode's fight scenes. Clearly stealing the character's movements from Bruce Lee, Huey poceeds to beat the shit out of Riley ninja fucking style. Later on, Huey fights Oprah's bodygaurd "Bushido Brown", a truly cold fucking samuri straight outta "Enter the Dragon". Brown quotes the famous line from the movie, the line that really shows how black culture viewed characters like Bruce Lee at the time. The cross-fertilization of Asian and American heroes led to G.I. Joe's infamous "Kung Fu Grip" introduced in 1974. Now thirty years later, the influences are apparent, and form the basis of the Gen Xers collective memories. Shit, Wu Tang puts out old Kung Fu movies on their label, just 'cuz they know motherfuckas love them some Kung Fu.
If that isn't enough, the last scene is set to Madvillain's "All Caps". Are you beginning to understand how fucking crucial this scene is? Madvillain for those of you uninitiated, is outsider hip-hop. His raps reference comics of the silver age, which was when, class? That's right, the seventies. MF DOOM takes Dr. Doom's name from the time when Steranko or King Kirby would have been drawing him. As a symbol, though the mask is so good for showing how far away MF DOOM is from the rap community. His raps are so abstract, whereas most rappers make references and talk to their audience, creating a dialogue, MF DOOM's raps are a monologue. If you get the references he's making, it's only because you come from the same school, his raps are about our collective memory. This shit is like Jazz, too, Madlib's beats are taken from old science fiction and horror movies. Lots of horn stabs and tense screams remind you of pulp comics and dime matinees.
Thirty fucking years its taken to turn this shit into high art, thirty fucking years. I'm happy about, but what the fuck is our generation going to talk about? Somehow, rapping about Google seems less fulfilling. I constantly feel like I was born into the wrong generation, but Madvillain's album makes me feel that at least if I wasn't there, I can still feel like I knew how it was.

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