July 21, 2011

Pablo Dylan, Dylan's grandson, the rapper.

"I mean, really, my grandfather, I consider him the Jay-Z of his time, and he definitely has a legacy that a lot of people look up to... He feels strongly about my music and I love him to death."

Via my Google alert on Dylan, which got me to that link in AllHipHop News via Salon.

The kid is 15. Perhaps we should refrain from listening to or judging his work, "the first project I ever came out with," which is, he says, "meant to show people what I have been working for, and how I really want to differentiate myself from everyone else." 

Should he really be pushed forward and allowed to grab all the attention he can get on his grandfather's name? But what am I saying? I don't listen to any music in this genre, so I'm not going to be the one to call it bad.

21 comments:

Kirby Olson said...

My comments no longer go through. I think you changed the comments box, or else I'd post a rap.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks for the info!

Sigivald said...

Ain't gonna be worse than the worst of his dad's stuff.

(Dylan was occasionally an excellent songwriter, but that's nearly all the credit I'm willing to give him.

Much like Cohen; can write, can't sing.)

edutcher said...

Street cred is gonna be a problem for a kid who grew up closer to Rodeo Drive than 152nd Street.

ndspinelli said...

Calling all hip hoppers. I know nothing of this culture or music. That said, my prayers to his parents, grandparents, siblings, family and friends. I always pray for the living, believing the dead are w/ God.

rhhardin said...

"Pablo" would be a Joan Baez influence?

PatCA said...

Reminds me of "The Emperor's Children" by Messud. In Manhattan, simply everyone is working on a "project." :)

rhhardin said...

My Favorite Mistake Sherly Crow sings with the guy she wrote the song for after they broke up. Speaking of Joan Baez.

urpower said...

Camille Paglia has long discussed Dylan as a proto-rapper, as in Rolling Stone: "But if Dylan's homage to the agrarian 'talking blues' helps reveal the artistic ancestry of hip-hop, exposure to his work can partly undermine rap lyrics, which are sometimes formulaic and limited in scope. After twenty flourishing years of that urban genre, surprisingly few rap tag lines have passed into general consciousness or can stand as exempla of their era in the way that dozens of Dylan's axiomatic one-liners have (e.g., 'But even the president of the United States/Sometimes must have/To stand naked')."

madAsHell said...

I heard today that some consider Obama to be Reagan-esque. Now, I hear that Dylan was the Jay-Z of his time.

Seriously, who the fuck is Jay-Z!?!?!

Lem said...

I think Pablo was more inspired by Autotune than grandpa Dylan ;)

Eric Jablow said...

You don't listen to rap music? Not even rap about economics?

Jeff with one 'f' said...

"Should he really be pushed forward and allowed to grab all the attention he can get on his grandfather's name?"

Zimmerman?

Jeff with one 'f' said...

I mean really, the family's not Welsh.

The Crack Emcee said...

madAsHell,

Seriously, who the fuck is Jay-Z!?!?!

Jesus, some of you are stunted people. I'd tell you but I prefer to let your frustrated ignorance hang out there as a statement on who and what you are:

The ultimate in cluelessness.

Michael The Magnificent said...

Bob Dylan should have been a rapper. Monotone would have been preferable to his constantly singing out of tune.

wv: hipsti

Lonetown said...

Having the name is a double edge sword. Being in a different genre and allowed to be judged on your own is a plus.

rhhardin said...

I don't know who Jay-Z is either.

The Crack Emcee said...

rhhardin,

I don't know who Jay-Z is either.

I know - proudly not knowing shit:

It's the latest thing in "cool"...

rhhardin said...

No TV to enrich my life.

The Crack Emcee said...

rhhardin,

No TV to enrich my life.

That would be a great excuse,...if he were on TV.

Not knowing shit - it's all the rage. Coming up next:

Creative excuses for why you don't know shit.

Simon Cowell will be the judge.