Thursday, October 11, 2007

New Jacks Are Back

We (black people, or people of other cultures greatly influenced by Black American culture, born in the United States after 1980 and before 1990) are, quite literally, New Jack Kids. So many of our cultural references were spawned from this era that is largely credited to have begun with a newspaper article about the drug-infestation of Detroit.

Consider this:

-Journalist Barry Michael Cooper published an article in The Village Voice entitled "Kids Killing Kids: New Jack City Eats Its Young," in December of 1987. He goes on to write the movie New Jack City, loosely based on drug lord Nicky Barnes.

-The term New Jack Swing was coined by Cooper to describe the sounds of producer Teddy Riley. Popular 1990's groups like Jodeci, Guy, Boyz II Men, Color Me Badd, Digital Underground and artists like MC Hammer, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill and R. Kelly all release hits under the genre.

-Ice-T released his hit "Cop Killer," after starring in New Jack City.

-Different World premieres in 1987 and is considered to be part of the New Jack era.

..........................Fast Forward to the 2000s:

-Bryan "Baby" Williams and Ronald "Slim" Williams found Cash Money Records after the Cash Money Brothers in the film New Jack City.

-VH1 Hip Hop Honors pays tribute to the New Jack Swing era.

-LL Cool J rhymes, "Now you Nino Brown/Rock roller wit' so much ice your cap's polar."

-Lil' Wayne begins a musical trilogy with Tha Carter, the name of the crack house Nino and the Cash Money Brothers use in New Jack City.

-Kanye West raps, "I ain't one of the Cosbys/I ain't go to Hillman."

-Young Joc puns on the move with his album titled New Joc City.

-Jay-Z raps, " Im like Pookie in New Jack/Clinked up with the roof back"

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