The top ten Google searches on October 12, 2010 at 9PM according to Google Trends were:
PSAT Practice Test
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Based on that list I come to the conclusion that hip-hop is hot. Or a hot topic. A friend suggested I check Google Trends to find topics to write about that people are hungry to read. The bottom ten on the list of top twenty Hot Searches were as foreign to me as the Chilean flag. Ah,but I do know the Elton John and Kiki Dee song, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, maybe I can put it on a list of my top ten favorite Elton John Songs? Or my least favorite?
I do not watch television, so how would I know about Glee or the reason for sudden interest in that particular song? And whoever is Inspectah Deck? Diggy? I know a Simmons. Do not get me started about him. He claimed he was in a band. His cousin, he said, played with War. I am not talking about Jeff Simmons of Mothers of Invention fame or Russell Simmons, just some guy I met on the streets. Unlike Russell, the Simmons I knew was not related to hip-hop artist Run of Run DMC.
The list of hot searches shows why I can not write on hot topics. Simply clueless.
Hip-hop, yes I know something about the genre. I listened to hip-hop. Old school hip-hop. Then the kids grew up taking their music with them. They did not stay away too long. When they came back their tastes in music had changed. It was cute listening to them reminisce about the good, old days, lamenting the demise of good hip-hop music. I do still listen to some hip-hop. I sometimes wonder why. “Let me see you shake it up like dice” and “got it goin like a turbo vette” devalues females. We are more than a body.
Hip-hop was in the news today. The Orange County Register headline read: O.C. hip-hop band blocks L.A. freeway. Reporter, Alexandra Molina, wrote “A self-described hardcore hip-hop group…”. That sentence elicited some fun comments from readers. The O.C. versus Compton? Come on now. The group, Imperial Stars, parked their band truck along three lanes on the 101 Freeway, got out and began performing on the roof. I refused to visit theirwebsite. Readers who did said they “suck”. Big time.
Later, I read an L.A. Times article for more information on the incident. Since they included a You Tube video of Imperial Stars’ song “Traffic Jam 101” I succumbed, rewarding the guys for bad behavior, and watched it. They were not half bad. There is some rapping in the song, but it is a lot more rock than hip-hop. The guys in the band, along with being arrested, are trying to help homeless children with proceeds from sale of “Traffic Jam 101”. They certainly got my attention. They also upset a lot of people who got stuck in the traffic jam they purposely created to promote their song.
Someone told me I looked like Aly MacGraw. That was a long time ago. Even then I did not see any resemblance to the star. But I was flattered. What does she have to do with hip-hop and traffic jams? Not much. Except she and Ryan O’Neal were on the hot search topic list for a minute. Advice for writers: if you are going to use Google Trends to choose topics, you better be quick.