Black History Month 10: Top Secret

February 10th, 2008 by | Tags: , ,

art from image comics’s nine rings of wu-tang, by long vo i believe
Play my position in the game of life, standin firm
on foreign land, jump the gun out the fryin pan, into the fire
Transform into the Ghost Rider, a six-pack
and A Streetcar Named Desire, who got my back?

–Method Man, “Triumph”

I smoke on the mic like Smokin’ Joe Frazier
The hell raiser, raisin hell with the flavor
Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan
Swingin’ through your town like your neighborhood Spider-Man

–Inspectah Deck, “Protect Ya Neck”

“It’s a blessing really, to know that I could potentially be this superhero,” he enthused. “Justice League itself is an honor, and Green Lantern is an incredible character to play. It’s a blessing to be associated with it.”

In particular, Common felt it was a special privilege to be the cast’s only black super.

“Just being a black person, a black man, playing a superhero is an honor in itself,” he smiled.
–Common, MTV Movies

What if I had the, power to gather, all of my favorite emcees
With the illest comic book characters, and they became arch enemies?
Inconceivable? Unbelievable? Yet as wild as it seems
The Emperor and Stan Lee would coach the two opposing teams
Keep it clean, no bats, no gats, guns, no interference
Comic book characters would go head up with raw lyrics
Now I take, whoever might be on break from doin’ tours
And have them signed up for the Last Emperor’s Secret Wars

–Last Emperor, “Secret Wars”

I walk past with a nod and a reminisce
Swear to God, hip-hop and comic books was my genesis
Respect the life and the fashions of the children
It’s the only culture I’ve got, exactly what we’ve been buildin’

–Atmosphere, “Always Coming Back Home to You

The secret is that everyone loves comic books.

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One comment to “Black History Month 10: Top Secret”

  1. Yeah, I’m a white Scottish boy, but the big cross-cultural appeal for hip-hop was like “these guys RULE, and also like comics”; new Pharoah Monche has a couple – “other MCs can’t see me like Matt Murdock” and “Robbin’ ’em/like Dick Grayson”. They’re like special dork-tingle bits for me. (The Monche is really good, btw)