As much as we would like it to be the case, the “bebop” referred to in the title of this tribute album is not the legendary Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain (we experienced similar disappointment a few years ago when we picked up No Doubt’s Rock Steady). As it turns out, bebop is a form of jazz music that was popularized in the 1940s. That means your grandparents probably love it. You should buy them this album. Otherwise, someday they’ll be gone and you’ll regret that you never had a chance to bop to “Givin’ Up the Nappy Dugout” together. (Adam Tod Brown, Cracked.com)
The style of music that gave us Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie “Byrd” Parker, and some ignorant internet wiseass on Cracked.com dismisses it as “Your grandparents’ music”. Newsflash, you moron—bebop was the hip-hop of its day. Hell, when it first came out it seemed a lot more threatening and edgy than rap has seemed for the past fifteen years. You do realize that every era passes away, and someday people will be calling hip-hop “your grandparent’s music”…and given ever-increasing life expectancies and the fact that you’re clearly well under thirty, you’ll most likely live long enough to hear it. I’m kind of wondering how you’re going to react.
This is why I hate Cracked.com’s music reviews. They’re written by braindead jackasses who care more about whether their music is ‘awesome’ than whether it’s good. In fact, I’m skeptical of any critic who uses the word ‘awesome’ in their reviews—you’ll notice I never use it myself, because it creates an atmosphere where the aesthetic quality of a song matters less than how over-the-top and ‘extreme’ it is. Is Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” ‘awesome’? Apparently it’s considered that way, but it’s still an absolutely terrible song, and branding it ‘awesome’ does nothing to change that. And then the little jackass caps the whole thing with a reference to an idiotic Nineties cartoon that no adult without the mentality of a six-year old could possibly find entertaining…which explains a lot about this quote.