Sunday, August 07, 2016

THE TKC SUNDAY MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE MAN & CONGRESSMAN'S SON EMIEL CLEAVER DEBUTS HIP-HOP CLIP!!!



His father was a preacher, the former Kansas City Mayor and current Congressman and now Emiel Cleaver is calling for "revolution" in his latest creative effort.

Mr. Emiel Cleaver is well known in Kansas City for his varied interests including moviemaking, media consulting, radio hosting and even serving as Director of Operations at The Black Archives of Mid-America. This accomplished local résumé has little in common with most hip-hop artists and neither does his graying hair but that's probably the point of the track.

Take a look:



While the Congressman's son is his own man it is relevant to note that this is the latest hip-hop venture from the son of a powerful Kansas City politico after Mayor Sly's son continues to pursue his hip-hop dreams on the left coast.



While a comparison would be somewhat unfair and we don't want to take sides . . . The music industry is a young person's game and KJ holds the upper hand despite the fact that his lyrics are more personal than the politically charged verses of Emiel Cleaver.

And speaking of politics . . . Forgive us for another criticism . . . Compared to so many other hip-hop artists who have had genuinely hard times growing up . . . Lyrics of socio-economic upheaval and a cry for "revolution" seems just a bit out of place for a member of one of the ruling families of Kansas City and one of the local elite AMONG ALL RESIDENTS OF KANSAS CITY. Compare the media mogul status of Emiel Cleaver to Eminem who spent a bit of his childhood in Kansas City living with his drug addicted an emotionally abusive welfare-queen mom for an accurate hip-hop juxtaposition of two guys around the same age . . .



But I digress . . .

The point here is that the track deserves to be judged on its own merits as a different kind of Sunday preaching than that of Kansas City's Congressman and we hope any ensuing criticism won't just spam hate but seek to address the track as social commentary from the kin of one of the most powerful politicos currently ruling this cowtown.

You decide . . .

46 Comments:

Anonymous said...

You're being a bit to kind about the media career of the Congressman's kin here but I see what you're going for.

it's a lot harder to make a silver spoon rap, I guess.

Gribbs said...

Rap music, hip-hop or whatever has been stuck in a rut for the past 20 years. Very little has changed and the top rappers are getting older. I do not contest that it is a global industry but that's all it is, an industry. You want to look at the future of rap, it's the gangnam style rapper turning into a joke. The social justice movement rap was over in the 90s and Sean Combs helped kill it. It died in that car with Tupac.

Anonymous said...

I refuse to watch the video as I'm sure it's terrible. I didn't realize he was director of the Black Archives. It's good to see that Pendergast-like cronyism is still alive and well. My former company was directly involved in the restoration of the archives building. Talk about a waste of money. Refurbishing that turd cost millions more than starting over. And what is in a black archive building anyways? Arrest records? What could they possibly need to archive? I wonder what kind of salary this grifter is getting to "operate" this thing? Betting he doesn't do anything whole lot of work. These fucking Cleavers are just like the Machine of Kansas City in the 30's. I have a friend who a few years ago got a call to bid on remodeling the kitchen at Cleaver's church on Paseo. When he went to the church it became clear to him that Cleaver expected the work to be done for free or next to nothing. He walked out. People like Cleaver, Sharpton, and Jackson are the best that black people can do. It's pathetic.

JoCoPost said...

I'm sure he's a nice man, and the Cleavers are a great family. Diane looked amazing at Dutch Newman's funeral last week. Rev was still flushed with delivering his big rant at the National Democratic Convention, where he channeled the energy of his old 60's self. And a bit of that "The Rent is Too Damn High" guy!

But sadly, son Emiel is no Lin Manuel Miranda, who wrote the Pulitzer prize-winning, Tony Award sweeping historical rap that is on Broadway: Hamilton.

These old Jay-Z style hiphop raps of complaints are getting tiresome. Only Hamilton stands out as a way of using free-style syncopation to actually make a point I could stand to listen to.

Walk down Fifth Avenue or any major street in Manhattan (NY) and the ruling class is listening to that Hamilton sound track. So dense. So powerful. And they are then going to the theatre ($800 a pop minimum) to see the greatest musical ever. Ever. And this audience is starting to embrace cultural diversity because the message is conveyed so passionately. Not because of a bunch of blacks WHINING!!!

Talk about incongruity: Emiel Cleaver jangling his arms awkwardly, while standing in front of overly stylized, commercialized, touristy frou frou displays built by the taxpayers of KCMO who never visit 18th & Vine. Awkward!!!

Emiel's sound track was mostly unintelligible...except for the constant cries for Revolution. My ass. 18th & Vine does not represent revolution. It represents a political payoff, dating back to the days of Carol Coe. "Where's Mine"? We poured $20 million into it then. Nobody went. Now we're up to what, $140 million? Nobody will go.

And that swish swish of the needle on vinyl sound--didn't that go out with puka shells and NikNak shirts?

OK, haters, I'm gonna sign my name here because I own my words. You step up too.
Tracy Thomas
Former professional musician with a 4 year degree in music
Former arts administrator for KCMO in the Wheeler administration
and Natl. Endowment for the Arts intern for Expansion Arts (the black set aside program).

Anonymous said...

They are entertainers. As are their fathers.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ 9:30 nails it.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Congressman's son......a deadbeat father.... abandoned his child in Arkansas, while in college. Shameful!!!

Anonymous said...

Very well said Tracy

Anonymous said...

More lies from Tracy, words she can't back up. Her blog sucks so bad she has to spread her crap on other peoples blogs

Anonymous said...

10:31 While you spread crap without and don't even have a blog. I wonder what group you represent.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^And your blog is where?

Super Dave said...

Whats in it for the white people?

Anonymous said...

10:53 Right here! I have stock in Google...which owns this blog lock, stock and barrel.

Anonymous said...

At leaSt she signs her name

Anonymous said...

Good idea Tony

Anonymous said...

So ... other than barbecue, Kansas City's main product lately is young upper-class blacks dressing up all ghetto and yelling muthafucka into a microphone. We'll be the most creative city on the prairie in no time at all.

Anonymous said...

So this goes from shameless video promotion to a blogger vs blogger piss contest. Typical reaction to rap music.

Bob said...

9:09, in your thesaurus, are "disagree" and "hate" synonyms? You seem to use the latter when most people probably would choose the former, so I wonder whether you think they're the same.

I have not seen Hamilton. My nominees for the best musicals ever are Guys and Dolls and Kiss Me Kate (due to Cole Porter's outstanding songs). Hamilton would have to be triply excellent to beat those.

Leroy said...

Yo yo yo. Sup sup sup. Revolution, nah'm sayin? Dig it dig it! Nah mean?

Anonymous said...

It was nice.

Anonymous said...

African't Opera just isn't music, but if it takes money out of the illegal crack and guns econimy go for it.

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

I have to go with seven brides for seven brothers then it would be paint your wagon

Super Dave said...

1:39 FTW

Anonymous said...

Congressman Carwash representing KC as City Councilman, Mayor, and presently U.S. Congressman, chose to live far away from the inner city. Tucked into a small enclave between Swope Park and the Raytown city limit, he sent his kids to suburban parochial schools.

Is this the Carwash son who is gay and seeking a career as actor/model?

Is this the Carwash daughter who got a job at a local TV station as field reporter, then landed at the KC Port Authority in a newly created patronage position?

Is this the Emiel Cleaver listed on Casenet who the State of Missouri's Prosecuting Attorney took to court to recover thousands of dollars in unpaid child support?

Ok, so the apple doesn't fall far from the Pappa Carwash tree!!

On to the video:
"Nigger" name check at 1:45 mark. WTF? You know, if you want people to quit using that word, you could start first and be an example.

Ok, now I'm going to surprise you! Putting aside the fact that I don't like most anything associated with Congressman Carwash, and that I find a 40-something year old man dancing awkwardly amusing, I DID like the smooth jazz tracks for the video and since this is the first video effort I've seen by this guy, will give some credit for a decent video composition.

Now, if Mr. Emiel Cleaver is "starting a revolution".....I await word that he has repudiated his family's support for Hillary Clinton's candidacy. I mean why support a corrupt brain-damaged elderly white woman who represents all that's wrong with the American crony status quo?

Let THAT revolution begin.....before it's too late.

Anonymous said...

The two want to be "rap" stars should call themselves.....Political Corruption and Crime: The Second Generation. This name aptly applies to both politico's sons.

chuck said...

Tracy for the win.

Anonymous said...

Does he take requests?

Any chance he could cover Rose Royce's Car Wash?

Anonymous said...

Some LOOP BASED audio software ($400) and a computer ($400) and a shitty microphone ($100)

Wait! I have all these things. I have some of the exact loops funny thug is using in his kill whitey video....Hmmm. Why aren't I cool and famous and making cool trax like his?

Because it's fucking garbage. A month from now maybe 1000 people will have seen that video.

You're no Ed Sullivan, TKC.

JoCoPost said...

3:53, that's quite funny and arcane. Most of the trolls on here have no idea who Ed Sullivan is!

I also liked Sylvestor Ogalthorp/1:39. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. And Paint your wagon!!! High-larious!

Tracy

Anonymous said...

everytime i see your face ,i see jean peters baker and i get diarreah.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^ I agree

Anonymous said...

chuck sure likes riming the KCC rejects who post over here.

Anonymous said...

4:16--
Three things, 4:16.
Sign your work/own your words. You wouldn't have the balls to say that to my face.

two, ad hominem (look it up) attacks are off topic and WORSE YET, yours don't even make sense or make anyone smile. You have a problem with women.

three:The whole point of comments is to add info or relevance to the posted story. Which is about Emiel Cleaver's hip hop rap video. What say you?

oh yeah, four: you suck at spelling. Magnet school in Sugar Creek? If you can't rap--(like Emiel Cleaver--see, how I worked this back to the topic??) or critique it, and you can't spell, and you hate women, just what boss is stuck babysitting you tomorrow? Do you cheat your boss, the wooden swingset design company, and log on from work, like Craig Scholes does??

Bad Muterfucker said...

^^^^^^^^ I noticed you didn't sign what you said either so it appears you have no room to talk about anyone else pussy.

Miss Allen said...

I don't think Emiel is trying to be a rapper per se, but I do think he's speaking his mind on issues in a manner that many people find captivating. I don't agree with everything he has to say but I think it takes guts to get involved in an y form of artistic expression because most people just criticize because they're too scared to do anything themselves.

Anonymous said...

Ah Cleaver. Election time is nearly hear. Time to fire up the bus, create handouts on who to vote for, and go pickup intercity folk, drive them to the polls, and buy them lunch.

Anonymous said...

^ Bwahahaha. I like it!

Anonymous said...

No doubt if Hilliary gets elected EC will hold a major post in the administration. He was courted by Bill for those old enough to remember.

I wish you guys would stop beating up Tracy. I don't agree with most of what she says, but she at least cleans up nice, is tactful and I'll like to take her out for a plate full of good Italian before ravaging her like an animal.

You go girl. You might be full of it, but no more full of it than the rest of the misguided shit heels trying to become significant typing crapola at TKC.

Anonymous said...

^^^ I think you just described Tracy. She should release a rap album.

Anonymous said...

you remind me of our prosuctor.thats what i said,meaning you look like her and that i get diarreah when i see her face and now,yours..no problem with women at all. i love women .i would say any goddamn thing that came to mind,right to your face..wtf would i not? LOL.am i supposed to be intimidated by you? well im not.sweetheart.sorry to burst ypour bubble..now i must go shit,again.

Anonymous said...

^^^ So bad ass he kicked the shit out of his mother when he got caught trying to turn one of her Tampons into a kazoo.

JoCoPost said...

4:41, my mistake in posting at 4:34.

Tracy Thomas

genetic drift said...

Sly's son is really good looking. It's hard to believe he is a direct descendant of Sly James.

Anonymous said...

Tracy, JoCoPost lady, has a right to post whatever the hell she wants, and if she wants to attach her name and photo to it then she should.

However, anyone else also has a right to post whatever the hell they want and NOT attach their name to it. It's a personal choice. And Tracy calling out the anonymous for their choice is ASININE.

Hey Tracy, if everyone should always write under their real name then why do you let The KC Star Editorial Board get away with routinely publishing opinions without attributing the work to the individual who composed it?

Please don't pretend to be superior because you choose to censor yourself by sticking your name on your comments.

Anonymous said...

I like Emiel, he is groovy.

Anonymous said...

Tracy nailed it!