8.16.2006

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Ghostride Authority

Yesterday Good Morning America ran a piece on ghostriding the whip. I wasn't able to catch the live broadcasting, but they have some of the footage (not sure if its the entire segment) on the website, along with an article. I'm still waiting for someone to youtube the entire segment. The piece was entitled, "New Teen Dance Craze: Ghost Riding the Whip."

What I got from the report:
-The 30 year old white dudes, from Tennessee, pictured above are the legitimate authority on ghost riding a whip.
-You can only ghost ride to "Tell Me When to Go" and anything else wouldn't be real.
-E-40 is at fault for all the ghost riding related injuries and/or deaths that have come about due to his song.
-White people are stupid like to appropriate things, create their own interpretations of it, and flip it into some of the stupidest shit.

Taken from the article:

A group of teens from Nashville, Tenn., who made a ghost-riding tape acknowledged that it probably wasn't that smart, but that they would do it again.

"Ghost ride was started not to see people succeed, but to see people fail," Jonathan Lovecchio said. "They want to see people run into trees, run over their foot."

Ghost riding appears to have taken off as a result of popular rapper E-40, who has a song where he repeatedly chants, "Ghost ride the whip."

"Whip" is slang for car. E-40's song is the backdrop for many of the ghost-riding videos on the Web.

"We would have never done this without the song that we were playing," Lovecchio said. "If you don't play that song, you are not a ghost rider."

Honestly, who wrote this shit?

Also, according the Pack's website, MTV has banned their video for "Vans". I'm not sure what the deal is with this, but from what I've seen, it looks like the Vans company hasn't really had any problems with the song. It also appeared as though the company and the group had some sort of sponsorship argeement set in place. There really isn't anything too objectionable in the video, other than the product placement, that would deem it to be too explicit for television. So might MTV's decision to ban the video be due to free advertisement for Vans? But if it does have to do with advertisement, what about "Pass the Courvosier", "Air Force 1's," or "Holiday Inn"?*

I smell an anti-Bay Area bias going on with the media.

*So here's a better run down of what really went down with the banned Pack video.

10 Comments:

Anonymous xander said...

forreal. how they gonna ask suburban ass corporate world white guys from tennessee that got their oakley shades on about ghost ridin? this article is a ridiculous manifestation of blaming rap for the stupid things people do.

i dont think rappers need to put up disclaimers before their music videos like jackass.

plus, anti-bay area sentiment has been going on for years. think mtv battle. locksmith.

August 16, 2006 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Clyde Smith said...

Good looking out.

I can't believe that coverage. I wonder how they even found those guys from Tennessee?

Of course, I would never blog unless I'm listening to E-40, so maybe they're on to something! [lol]

August 18, 2006 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

I am the one your talking about, as for the comment I said about without the song I would never consider, was a direct challenge to anyone on YouTube. Who made ghost riding videos without the song. True, we are from Tn. And the ages vary, the bottom line, is we were invited to GMA, and we accepted. To understand the clip though you must know its a challenge, its a funny statement , It means if you made a video without the song your not a ghost rider. It makes people laugh, if you analyzed this clip. I wonder what youll say about our next Televised piece on Inside Edition. Anyways, just thought I'd stop by and clarify , interesting blog, I found Amusing.

Jonahtna

August 19, 2006 12:24 PM  
Blogger ninoybrown said...

Jonathan,

Thaks for the 2 pennies.

I want to clarify my position on what was aired on GMA, especially since it was a quick post with little content behind my statements. I am not too sure how long ghost riding one's whip has been going on in TN, because I'm sure some kid somewhere has experimented with it, independent of the Bay Area movement. As a kid I remember ghost riding my bike, peddling real fast and then hopping off to watch the bike run into a tree or something.

But with your comment: "We would have never done this without the song that we were playing. If you don't play that song, you are not a ghost rider." It negates the whole cultural trends associated with much of what has been going on in the Bay Area for quite some time. I, myself wasn't born or raised in the Bay, but grew up about 1 and 1/2 hours east in a shit whole of a city called Turlock, but I do consider myself an advocate or an ally to the Bay scene. So I cannot legitimately speak on how long or when the trend of ghostriding began, but I do know that sideshows, where it originated, have been going on in the Bay since the early 90's. So its not something that happened over night, and definitely not something that came about due to "Tell Me When to Go."

Thus the issue that I find with the statement you made on GMA has more to do with your presence as an interloper attempting to provide the legitimate analysis of a regional ritual from which he wasn't a part of. So, if your comment was suppose to be comedic, it didn't appear that way on television.

Also understand that my beef has more to do with the way GMA presented the information as blaming hip-hop for stupid shit people do. Its a tired ass argument if you ask me.

Keep doing your thing, and let me know when you'll be on Inside Edition.

August 19, 2006 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"an interloper attempting to provide the legitimate analysis of a regional ritual"

woa now. you're speaking to danny tanner here. not jeff fuckin' chang or professor oliver friggin wang.

-mark

August 19, 2006 7:45 PM  
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