Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the Hip-Hop world


                                                            (This is not my art work.)

             For those who know hip-hop, it’s all about individualism, doing something new, doing something fresh, being your own person with your own style but adding the elements of hip-hop to it; sometimes you might integrate other cultures or beliefs into hip-hop. Hip-Hop is the music of America and it reflects that because like America, the music is mixed of all kinds of cultures. In hip-hop, one can use a Japanese flute, take samples from an Arabic rhythm, add some 808 beats, add some elements of scratching, get an MC in the booth and boom! You have a song. When it comes to style in Hip-Hop, if everyone is rocking timberland boots, then you rock a different style of boots,(But with style not just thrown together) if one is rocking Air force one’s, you go out and wear some dunks, if everyone is wearing Jordan’s, one may decide to wear Reebok pumps. It’s all about being different, adding flavor. In today’s hip-hop, if you’re caught not wearing the norm, nobody is fucking with you….for lack of words.
                                                    (Not my art work found on Google)
            Hip-Hop is about spreading love. At some point in the 90’s, hip-hop lost that. It became this sort of heathen beast music. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up in the 90’s and loved listening to Biggie, 2Pac, Bone Thugs,Outkast, Snoop, Tha Dawg Pound, Nas,  Jay-Z, Mase, Wu-Tang, Cypress Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, De la Soul  and the list goes on; most will say that 90’s hip-hop was and is the shit. I agree but that time period (including the media) lead to the demise of two young men who could’ve really changed Hip-Hop. When I look at 2Pac, he was more than just thug life. 2Pac was poetic, an actor, an activist, he was more than what the media portrayed; however, there’s a lot of people who only view 2Pac in one light. Personally I believe Pac would’ve grown pass hip-hop and became something more, something that would’ve lead hip-hop back into the direction of one love; maybe lead hip-hop back into an evolved poetic state of mind. Biggie, I think would’ve tightened up hip-hop’s mainstream’s game a little more; I could be wrong. I don’t dislike today’s hip-hop, because if you dig around, you’ll find some pretty dope artist, you’ll also find some artist who can really rap but they dim-witted their lyrics in order to fit in with today’s music. I understand, when you’re at a club, nobody wants to hear, “When I was sleeping on the train
Sleeping on Meserole Ave out in the rain
Without even a single slice of pizza to my name
Too proud to beg for change masterin' the pain
When New York niggas was calling southern rappers lame
But then jackin' our slang
I used to get dizzy spells, hear a little ring
The voice of a angel tellin' me my name….” Those lyrics are mad DOPE but nobody wants to party to that or the radio doesn’t want to play that, they would rather push some shit and force the artist to come out with something that if listened to isn’t the best. Hip-hop: we control the industry, not the other way around. They have the power but without the people, they might as well be selling their music down at Venice Beach; I don’t want the artist to suffer because most of the time, the artist is only putting out what the studio heads tell him; however if we encourage the artist to put out what he/she feels, and everyone supports that real hip-hop, the A&R’s vision will change. There’s a tons of people who think Hip-Hop today is shit not because it’s new or it’s part of a younger generation, it’s because they feel it’s lost its edge, it’s not as fly. What’s your opinion? Do you think Hip-hop could make that change? Or is it completely dead?
                                                           (Not my art work found on Google)


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