BlogCast: Hammer(ing) Home the Truth

U Can’t Touch This”, recorded by MC Hammer / composed by Stanley Burrell, Rick James and Alonzo Miller, provides the musical nucleus, from which two, relatively new to the scene, rapper parodists, SongBird and Quentin J. Lee, hammer home (in the best sense of this phrase) their spot-on op-eds regarding two of 2020’s top, front page news stories. These two clever cover artists, via their clip set-ups, will relate the rest of their stories. Their creds as rappers will be self-evident.

“It’s been a month since I posted my last parody, and unfortunately, the news hasn’t changed much. 45 is still refusing to accept the obvious. Thank you everyone for all of your likes and comments. Music by MC Hammer and Rick James. Lyrics by me, SongBird.”

Clip and set-up blurb is courtesy of SongBird’s YouTube Channel
Dec 12, 2020 • 16,143 views • Thumbs Up 1.9K / Thumbs Down 47
“Dr. Quentin J. Lee, Alabama principal, sings a rap song about Covid to MC Hammer’s classic hit of ‘U Can’t Touch This.’ As we are all getting ready to go back to school, take a break and enjoy this parody!”

Clip and set-up blurb is courtesy of Quentin Lee’s YouTube Channel
Jul 28, 2020 • 6,258,174 views • Thumbs Up 75K / Thumbs Down 738

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Sticking with the hammer theme for a few more moments…

Songwriters Lee Hays’ and Pete Seeger’s “If I Had A Hammer” provides, yet, one more musical nucleus, from which the late Trini Lopez hammers home (also in the best sense of this phrase), a much needed lyrical appeal for justice, freedom and “the love between my (our) brothers and my (our) sisters… all over this land.”

Had everyone been able to take this vital to humanity’s survival message to heart, oh, say, back in 2016, by now, Hillary Clinton would’ve been applying the polish to her second Inaugural Address to America / the World AND it’s highly unlikely that the twin scourge, of Donny-T and Corona-V, would’ve ever wound up sledgehammering the crap out of Democracy and Humanity.

Our RIP wishes to Mr. Lopez, 83, who succumbed from complications of COVID-19 back on 08/11/2020 and our heartfelt condolences to all of his loved ones and dear friends.

Clip courtesy of the rockabillie’s YouTube Channel
Dec 4, 2014 • 952,521 views • Thumbs Up 9.5K / Thumbs Down 189

If you’ve experienced any playback issues above, try your luck over @YouTube via these links:

SongBird
Dr. Lee
Trini Lopez

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Decidedly Big Sean (SundaySongSeries)

Clip courtesy of Big Sean’s YouTube Channel • Feb 17, 2017 • 279,187 views

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Welcome to our Week #110 stopover within the vast realm of Sunday titled songs.

On this occasion, Big Sean (w)raps up Sunday Morning Jetpack; track #11 from his 02/03/2017 album, I Decided. .

Our musical journey will continue seven days from now. Hope you’ll be back at that time. Till then…

Stay Publicly Masked!
Stay Safe at Home!
Stay Healthy!

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I just learned there’s a playback issue. If you’re having problems check out the studio version of Sunday Morning Jetpack.

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The Real Definition of Great (Sunday Song Series)

Who: Chancelor Johnathan Bennett a.k.a. Chance the Rapper
What: Performance of Sunday Candy
What: 94th National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
What: The Obama Family’s Last White House Christmas
What: Commemorative Photo Album [View 14 Pics Here]
Where: Ellipse of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,
When: December 1, 2016
When: When America Still Knew the Real Definition of Great
Why: To Herald the Holiday Season
Why: Because America may not make it to December 25, 2020
Why: Because millions of us miss America’s Last Real President
Why: To quote YouTuber Josh Jennings’ spot-on comment…

“I know this is a beautiful moment and politics ruins everything,
but god do I miss seeing a President that I actually respect.”

Well, that just about raps up… uh… wraps up Week #89 of our Sunday Song Series. If all goes well, let’s plan to meet back here for another Sunday titled song… 7 days from now…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U Can’t Touch This – COVID 19 Edition (CO-VID of the Day)

Props and appreciation are in order for astute rapper, witty parodist and adept videographer Nick Savino.

Over at YouTube, he sets up this vid… his impressive MC Hammer impression… thusly…

“Hope this brings some joy, laughter, and smiles to your day during this tough time due to coronavirus. Let’s stay positive! All sounds in this video were made completely using every item seen in this video. Stay clean and stay safe!”

Since caution cannot possibly be overstated during a pandemic, I’ll ditto his closing sentiments with my typical blog ender…

Stay Safe… Stay Home… Stay Healthy…

 

 

 

 

For What It’s Worth (Vid of the Day)

Our Vid of the Day features the remake / reinvention of the Buffalo Springfield folk/rock classic, For What It’s Worth. The song starter verse…

There’s something happening here
But what it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware (read full lyrics here)

Seeing how the ideological landscape worsens globally as I type / as you read this… has been deteriorating at varying rates since time immemorial, now, more than ever, singer / songwriter Stephen Stills’ lyrical admonition still applies. And Oui 3’s acid jazz, hip hop, trip hop cover amply updates / translates his sentiments into the Nineties. Little doubt, as I type / as you read this, someone may already be building upon / updating / ushering all of these above sentiments into the Twenty-Teens… into the rapidly approaching, roaring Twenty-Twenties.