A Music Lesson From the Master, Lil’ Mirkk
As all readers and fans know – seeing as that millions of you are now talking about a truly amazing man all over the internet – Lil’ Mirkk is a jack of all trades. We have spoken about his early rise to fame in the world of television, including his work on the popular show Chico and the Man, when he was only four; as well as all the commercials, television gigs – such as Bionic Boy – and more. We have also let readers in on various projects that are coming up for this talented man, including Battleship – which is being touted as THE action movie for 2012.
This week we’re going to delve into the truly masterful work Lil’ Mirkk has done in the past, as well as what is coming in the very near future, when it comes to the hip hop world. Lil’ Mirkk proved himself quite early on when he began rhyming at five-years-old, and put out an album called, “Seeing is Believing” when only a teenager. But coming in 2012 a new CD called, WTF, is going to appear on the scene that will have Lil’ Mirkk offering the very best there is in hip hop/rap music, with lyrics that focus on life, hope, faith and all the good things that will give all listeners a chance to enjoy fantastic music while learning what life is all about.
Lil’ Mirkk is a great deal like the hip hop world has been over time. Like a chameleon, he has changed his spots as he has gone through various ups and downs in his own life. From being at the top in Hollywood, to becoming a part of the dangerous and tragic gang world, to fighting back in order to once again become the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to celebrities with huge hearts who only want to give back to the world and help others along the way – this is the man who has proven himself a master and survivor of life.
The musical genre Lil’ Mirkk is a part of is very much like the journey he has taken as an individual. Hip hop music began many decades ago and simply started out as a rhythmic music with no voices or vocals whatsoever. Then, as time went on, rapping and hip hop became synonymous with a type of rhyming speech that is chanted over the music. When the chants began and blended with the beat, it was almost impossible not to dance to. What began very small developed into what you can only call a culture. With each new decade, as hip hop expanded and added more and more styles, a culture came to pass that included wearing different clothing, speaking in rhyme all the time, and sometimes using a type of grammar or speech that sounded a bit like the ‘talk of the streets.’
The culture’s main aspects turned out to be rapping, which was very much like an MC at a club; or, being a DJ, which meant learning how to scratch’ in order to put the right ‘vibe’ into the already recorded music. Breaking or break dancing became the third most talked about part of the culture, and then – oddly enough in the 80s – graffiti writing became extremely popular, as did beat boxing.
When you really think about it, however, Lil’ Mirkk and other wonderful performers like Heavy D (which the world sadly lost last week); The Fresh Prince; Run DMC – there were many who were able to put this culture into action, and the genre literally became the most popular genre in the late 1980s.
The same way Lil’ Mirkk began his career at such a young age – and was fantastic at literally everything he did – hip hop music started very young, too. DJing came about pretty early on. The roots of hip hop were found in African-American music roots – representing the amazing culture and traditions that came from West Africa. This not only brought the vibe and ‘life-affirming’ moves for listeners, but soon it felt as if jazz and blues were a true part of what hip hop would soon become. James Brown, the Godfather of soul, is a very good example of how blues, soul, and hip hop would come together to form a truly significant and popular form of music.
When the 1980s arrived, that’s the exact time that all music lovers can see how hip hop simply broke away from the others and became it’s very own genre. The styles became more complex, and the music listeners across the nation felt as if it were a lot like the 60s again. This was a style of music that would allow them all to voice their opinions, demands, and their issues with the country. The music was entertaining and fun and, most important for teens, brand new. There was reverb, there was echo, there was a play on words – all of these rhythmic systems came together to form new songs that lit up the world and raced up the charts.
Lil’ Mirkk had that exact same spirit. He believed, he loved, and he had the ability to draw in a crowd as the ‘new school’ of hip hop did when it became the wave of the future. All of a sudden people like L.L. Cool J were bestsellers, and the music predominantly began coming from the East Coast, leaving the West for a bit to explore NYC and all the culture that exists in that incredible location.
This new school stepped away from the soul and blues that hip hop was usually tied to, and was suddenly being influenced by rock-and-roll. It not only became every young person’s favorite form of music, but it also became a part of both the social and political worlds. People were constantly talking about the aggressive, self-assertive style that hip hop portrayed. The image of the artists were tough, cool, and street-wise, and they were not going to put up with anything that the ‘system’ had to offer. Again, much like the 60s, hip hop started to defy explanation. These ‘new schoolers’ were making shorter, slightly angrier, songs, and by the late 80s hip hop was a commercial success.
Again, life imitates art. Lil’ Mirkk was gifted with a brilliant voice, brilliant timing, and the ability to succeed commercially – yet, life did come at him with some truly negative issues. There was a time in Lil’ Mirkk’s life where the ‘dark side,’ for lack of a better term, was something he became a part of; going into the gang life after the pain he had experienced from people who basically had robbed him blind.
As Lil’ Mirkk found himself in that type of violent place, the genre of hip hop went there as well, with the introduction of ‘gangsta rap.’ This new culture reflected the violent lifestyles of inner-city youth; focusing on people who were having a truly difficult time in a world that didn’t seem to care one iota about their future. Gone was the time of entertainment and frivolity, these new songs told of the darkest scenes and how to use violence to survive. The lyrics became openly confrontational and shocking to a great many people, as a lot of the performers turned to profanity and anger to get their point across. And in the early 2000’s, Eminem became one of the huge hits, as millions of people began to line up behind him and cheer for his usually violent lyrics and videos.
As the 2000‘s have gone along, especially recently, more and more of the hip hop world is coming back to its original creation. And the exceptional Lil’ Mirkk is taking the reins of that change by releasing WTF in 2012. This is a man who was up, down, in the dark, and then thankfully alive, to power through the difficulties and find the strength to move on. Not only has he done that successfully, but he is also offering a huge gift to the music world. His lyrics, his choices, his abilities, talents and skills all blend together on his CD which will set the world on fire.
He ‘turns the tables’ on the hip hop and rap worlds by offering truly amazing songs, but with lyrics that show everyone that simple violence is not the path for anyone in this world to walk down.
As we spoke about last week, Lil’ Mirkk’s outstanding friend, Heavy D, passed away. This was a man who knew about faith and peace and hope, and how to teach our youth to be strong without cutting themselves off from the world. Heavy D was the type of man who wanted to help the youth see that there IS a future filled with greatness, and they can achieve that greatness without darkness or violence becoming a choice. And that is exactly what Lil’ Mirkk will carry on.
Lil’ Mirkk is not only a thrilling performer who will put out an unforgettable CD, he also exemplifies hope – and the fact that no matter what life throws in your way, you can make it out of the muck and mire simply because you believe that you can. With Lil’ Mirkk, the movie theatre will not be the only thing improving in 2012 – the music world is in for a serious surprise as well!
Until Next Time, Everybody
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