Sunday, November 11, 2007

Music Videos about Cities

"Power from the street light made the place dark" (c) Krs-One

For those that didn't understand that quote let me break it down: When Hip Hop first started, DJ's would have block parties outside, lacking electrical outlets for their turntables, DJ's often used the city street light as their source of power thereby dimming the light for the turntables and speakers.

Now it's easy to point out the influence of cities on music genres such as Hip Hop. This genre was born out of the severely blighted blocks of the South Bronx housing projects in the 1970's and eventually grew out to other parts of New York City and beyond to other inner cities.

But Hip Hop was not the only genre that focused on the city life, blues, rock, r&B, folk and reggae all have past histories speaking on the ills and pleasures of city life.

Here are some videos about the city. Comment on what's your favorite or post your your own videos about the city.

Stevie Wonder - Living for the City

Blackstar - Respiration
(Raps about the city being a living breathing being)

Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues (Makes me Holler)

Lovin' Spoonful - Summer in the city

Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia

Elton John - Philadelphia Freedom

Billy Joel - Allentown

Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City

Randy Newman - I Love L.A.

2Pac - To live and die in L.A.

Cheech Marin - Born in East L.A.

Frank Sinatra - New York, New York

Cynda Williams - Harlem Blues

Crooklyn Dodgers

Will Smith - Miami

Ras Kass - Miami Life

Billie Holliday & Louis Armstrong - Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans

U2 & Greenday - The Saints are Coming

The Beatles - Kansas City


Zig B Free said...

If you search long enough, you can find a once popular song about almost any American city. Who would of thought there would be a major video production for Allentown?

By the way, Randy Newman writes really depressing songs abotu cities besides "I Love L.A." Dude completely ethered Baltimore and Cleveland with his songs about those cities.

Carls said...

I'm just shocked there is a song about allentown.

So Shocked.

Zig B Free said...

Yeah, I was shocked about the Allentown video too...and I was like if they get a song, what about Towson? lol