We at the Hip-Hop Culture Center are proud to be teaming up with the great people at Why You Mad Son? Entertainment. In celebration of our new union, we had the chance to speak with WYMS Founder and CEO Charlette “ChaBoogie” Capers about hip-hop community, and exactly what there is to be mad about!
What inspired you to start Why You Mad, Son?
It started because I got silenced on a blog thread after giving my opinion. They ripped my comment to shreds, and I had no way to respond since I couldn’t comment further. The anger lasted for a good day, and I was so frustrated from being silenced that I decided to start my own thing. I went to school for communications, broadcast journalism and I started a magazine. While the magazine didn’t take off, I started looking for options and this girl I knew had a show on BlogTalk Radio and I decided that’s what I’m going to do. I was telling my friend Miss One-Hundred what I was trying to do and she suggested I use the “why you mad son?” moniker I was always using for the name of the show.
The show is billed as ‘The Sound of Urban Edutainment.” What’s important about bringing these worlds together?
People tend to learn when they’re being entertainined. When I was young, my first foray into social issue was Richard Pryor. My mother had all his LPs, and while I would listen to them, I would learn and laugh my ass off. It’s how some of us survive, to laugh at the bullshit that we’re in. It’s not politically correct at all, but it touches on issues everybody goes through.
Did you always envision the show as a call-in show?
Yes. I find a lot of people are scared to say why they’re mad, especially women. I don’t know if it’s because they’re scared of losing their jobs or all the surveillance that goes on with social media, but people are scared of saying why they’re mad, so we say it for them. It’s fun to be mad, it’s liberating, when controlled of course. Nothing changes until you get mad about something. People feel better when they get things off their chest. When you tell them why you’re mad, resolution comes.
What have been some of the most memorable moments of madness?
We have a regular caller named AnarchistChrist who embodies a true anarchist, but has some issues with women. We had one caller who was, let’s call her, “anti-male.” They had an entertaining debate and as she was going on-and-on, he yells at her “you need some d**k!” That stands out in my mind because so many things needed to make that happen.
What was important about introducing the “Can I Kick It?” feature?
Well, it was important to me to always be more than just a radio show. I wanted “Why You Mad Son?” to be a brand. One of the things we gripe about the most is hip-hop and the state of it today. I’m a purist, and I see what it is today. Since I was developing this brand, I wanted to create a show that speaks to that. Everyone loves “American Idol” and I wanted to see what it would be like to have our version of that. We have a master lyricist, a superproducer and a music aficionado listen to the music and they either love it or tear it to shreds. Constructive criticism is what these kids need and, since it’s radio, you can’t see anybody so it’s all about talent. It helps us introduce real hip-hop and shows those trying to do real hip-hop what it takes.
Anything got you mad about hip-hop at the moment?
You gonna ask me that question? Of course! I’m mad that there’s no originality. What else makes me mad? The materialism. When Watch the Throne came out, I was taken aback by the level of materialism in it. So many of us are struggling, and it perpetuates a culture of consumerism. Of “I want, I need, and I’ll do whatever it takes to get it because Jay got it.” I thought it was kind of irresponsible, and that maybe they would attack more social issues. They’re on the inside, maybe they could attack more of the social issues that we’re facing. Kayne is the guy who dissed Bush on TV and they took away his chances until he acquiesced. It was worse than a sellout. It was worse than watching Flavor Flav on TV.
To end on a positive note, what do you like about hip-hop now?
– I like the underground. There are artists out there that are still true to it. I came across Tyler, the Creator and I was blown away. Not too much on the social side, but he’s just raw talent. I also dig poetry venues. It sounds crazy, but some of the dopest lyricists are found at poetry venues right now because they have no other outlet. Some of them don’t even need music, the learn how to make rhythms with their voices in the words. It’s crazy, some of the best verses I’ve heard in the past 10 years have been at an open mic in a poetry spot.
You can listen to Why You Mad Son? LIVE every Tuesday from 10:00 PM – 12:30 AM at http://whyyoumadson.com/ . You can also download the new Why You Mad Son? app from the GooglePlay store for absolutely FREE.