According to Flavor Flav, hip-hop has come to a fade. Although he believes there are many “great rap records” out there, according to him the principle elements that birthed the era no longer exist.
“There’s no more of that, ‘Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care,’ you know, something that makes you wanna get out there and breakdance,” the public enemy member told Gigwise. “Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America. There’s not too many great Hip Hop records out there, but there are some great rap records”. Continuing naming many of music’s most prominent artists, the former hype man did dish credit where it is due. “Lil Wayne is making some great rap records, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Snoop [Lion] – everybody is making great rap records, but it’s not Hip Hop.”
The hip-hop veteran blamed slow tempos for the culture’s hiatus stating, “I think the element of Hip Hop left when Rap music started being created on a slow tempo. It’s just stayed there for years. Right now, a lot of rap music today is being created at very low tempos.”
Rapper Chuck D who also sat in on the interview added,”When it’s just about ‘I got money and you don’t have money’, that’s just taking advantage of the naivety of people.”
Watch the interview here.