Friday, March 13, 2015

Heckarap RIP

So that's going to be my last Heckarap. It was really well attended, it's not that. I am out 60 bucks cuz I paid the rappers 100 and then had to split the money we did make around to other peeps, but it's not the money. It's a combination of things. One is that I am too tired to function well at my job today, which is just not acceptable to me. Considering I earn about 1 1/2 days of vacation time a month, there is no way I am going to use a vacation day a month after Heckarap so this is always a problem. I try to not imbibe too much since I have to work, but it's hard when you're there from 9-2 am.

Two is that we just can't get a consistent crowd going. It's always different people every month. People will come and have fun and be like "this is the best, how did I not know about this?" and then they never come again. Tired of trying to figure that out. Tired of promoting it and thinking about how to get people to come.

I could go into reasons 4, 5, 6, 7 - 69 but I won't. The reasons for it are just that it's fun sometimes and I have met some cool people through it. Way more reasons against.

 It's been like a year and a half and we still never recaptured the vibe we had at the first few. I don't know what people want to dance to and I'm tired of trying to figure it out. Ready to start listening to other music, too. I was driving around with Scott last weekend and we were listening to new country radio for amusement, and I started getting choked up that the people in the songs wanted love and relationships and it made me really think about the ugliness of the music I've been listening to almost exclusively for about two years. I love it, don't get me wrong, but the fact that I wanted to tear up at the corny sentiment of just men and women wanting to be together romantically made me feel like what I'm listening to is getting to me in a way I didn't realize.

I always waffle on Heckarap and whether I enjoy it or not, but I'm putting this in writing so I'll stick to it. Smiller is skeptical.


DJ Rick said...

When Hannibal Burress performed at the Crest, he had a long segment about rap lyrics which began with him citing several verses of several songs by different MCs which began with a couplet about waking up with morning wood. All of the lyrics were so un-subtle. His DJ played a file on his laptop which had all of the examples spliced together in sequence. He then took several lyrics to task by imagining how ridiculous it would be if people's lives actually mirrored them. Lotsa literalist humor.

But even as amazing as that segment was of Burress' performance, I think you've just succeeded in taking rap lyrics to task by saying that nĂ¼-country on commercial FM radio somehow sounded refreshing to you. I'm like....WHOA! I knew it was bad, but I didn't realize it was that bad.

Anonymous said...

Don't quite just because you're exhausted or lost money. That comes with events. Maybe quarterly? Or?


beckler said...

another friend suggested quarterly. I will be out of town for the may one anyway. so let's say april and may for now, and mc ham can either keep doing it or not. even though not a ton of people checked us out, I really enjoyed djing in the kitchen at midtown barfly, and it was nice it was on a Saturday. there were people there attending the event for other reasons so it took all the pressure off, and plus I could play slow jams