DallasPenn.com Presents…Hip-Hop Is Not Dead

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I need to thank XXL for the opportunity to come here and get my grind on at their website. Thanks to all the readers that have stopped by to show their support (and disdain). I takes the good with the bad. What doesn’t kill you only makes you hardbody, blah, blah, blah. The
one thing that I learned from my short time here is that hip-hop is far from dead. It’s been written off in so many publications and on so many different levels of media I was almost about to believe the hype. Instead what I saw here at XXL is what has kept hip-hop culture
alive from the very beginning. It’s not the artists that are the lifeblood of hip-hop, but the masses that demand the art.

You people continue to demand to be challenged, entertained, enlightened and empowered by hip-hop. You demand music with beats and rhythms that are creative and new. You demand songs with lyrical content that causes you to take out notepads to help you memorize the metaphors and catchphrases. If it wasn’t for your love and passion for this thing, I might be here talking about country western music or, God forbid, techno. So the next direction that hip-hop takes as an art won’t be decided by the artists, but by the people that practice it on an everyday basis. The people that do it when the cameras aren’t on them and when there isn’t a record deal in the offering.

It’s up to you to demand more hip-hop representation from outlets like BET, MTV and VH1. If they don’t want to represent your music, you should turn them the fuck off. Why are you supporting their advertisers when they aren’t giving you the programming that’s really important to you? These stations think that hip-hop is dead because their viewers have become cowards who are too scared to demand hip-hop programming. A video show gets cancelled and there isn’t a peep from the viewership about the cancellation?!? The 70′s babies would not have let shit go down like that. We made our claims known and shows like Rap City and Yo! MTV Raps responded to us. It’s now time for you 80′s babies to step up to the plate and make your voices heard.

Hip-hop can still be a force for good, but only if it remains in the hands of the bravehearts and the courageous. If the only fans of hip-hop that remain are undereducated cowards and fools, then hip-hop is truly dead and I will have to start downloading some punk rock bands in order to hear some real hardbody rebel music. You people are gonna have to make the call. I’m outta here.

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  • Sam B

    1st…..Hip Hop lives

  • slap fire out a blog

    couldnt agree more

  • http://rodneydugue.blogspot.com RD

    Ehh I would have preferred if you had gone out with a bang. Still a good (safe) post, nonetheless.

    RD

  • Enlightened

    Another thing that won’t hurt is the so-called GREATEST muthafuckas in the game actually putting out classics.
    I’m a fan of Nas, but if he thinks hip-hop is dead, he needs to put out an undisputed classic album since he may be the most gifted MC still rockin. We have him coming up, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, an Eminem compilation album, and many niggas under them who should be ready to step up like Ludacris, Young Buck, The Game, Lloyd Banks etc.
    If all these muthafuckas would put out a CLASSIC, then Hip-hop will be beautiful again all in the span of a couple of months.

  • Mr.Me

    They got rid of The Box an what did you 70′s niggas do? Nothing.
    Plus they got rid of Yo! twice. MTV was playin wit yall heads (no John Norris) when they kept canceling Yo!. Pop music will always come 1st wit them. Rap music is just MTV’s girl on the side.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    You got this idea from my post Billy Sunday…but since i dont have the access to post a column…why not be happy with someone else doing it…but like i said in a previous post…use your voice to change the state of hip hop…politics baby…thats why my black people dont have any say in the government…(idealistically speaking cuz this is not a democracy)…because we dont get involved…dont complain and just sit there write to the labels and corp sponsors…contact 106 and park and express yourself…contact bet(fuck mtv)and let them know what you wanna see…contact labels and tell them you would buy their artists’ albums if they drop the price down to 8.99(cap)…5.99 first week out…speak up…use your freedom of speech while you still have it

  • G Off

    I’ve never read post that managed to use “hardbody” once, let alone twice. Impressive (no Skip Bayless)!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    To my “fans”: Yes, this is the typical long-ass comment you fuckers bitch about. So what. I’m feeling loquatious today.

    Good post. Good Hip-Hop is supposed to get people excited or enlightened (no pun intended), to make people aware of not only the flash, but the struggle as well, both within the world and within one’s self.

    Someone said Kanye raps about the same blingy bullshit that everyone else does, but he also throws in the second half: the conflict within himselves. MTV, BET, the Majors.. they only wanna show the Flashy side so their sponsors get paid and so their own coffers get filled with Lowest Common Denominator funds. Noz was hating on Koch, but in another year or two they’re gonna have the hottest label out because all the real cats will be on there, and all the shallow motherfuckers will be on “majors”.

    Co-Sign Enlightened, but the problem is that albums are too fuckin’ formulaic nowadays: Intro, Club Banger, Love song, Booty song, Horrible attempt at storytelling song, gangster shit song, growing up in the hood is tough song, weed carrier track, dis song (everyone has ‘em now), “thoughtful/conscious” song, outro. That’s the problem with the singles-obsessed industry and the cowards in the game that refuse to make cohesive albums.

    *gets off soapbox*

    UNO!

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  • Danja29

    “They got rid of the Box an what did you 70s niggas do? Nothing”

    I’d have to say the idea of the Box was destined to die anyway. By 2000, you could see videos for free damn near all day, AND go on the internet to watch em (and this was BEFORE the greatness that is Youtube). The idea of paying to watch videos was very much a ’90s, pre-internet thing- so when new developments took shape, the Box wasn’t as necessary as it was in say ’94. THAT’S why the Box is gone.

    And yep, if hip-hop fans are so hurt that “hip-hop is dead”, then we need to stop lettin’ it happen. Personally, I refuse to believe that hip-hop is dying or dead, no matter what bullshit goes on within the industry. Hip-hop itself will outlast ANY trend or artist whether good or bad, and that’s been proven time and time again. If we as fans ALLOW “Fry That Chicken Noodle Laffy Taffy” to “kill” hip-hop, then it’s our own fault.

  • thoreauly77

    did i detect a subtle care-bears reference in there? anyhow, you are correct in that we do still care very much about this artform, and thats why you will notice some people constantly bitching about the irrepairable state of hip-hop… though its not so much bitching about it in my opinion, but lamenting it. another aspect of this issue is not necessarily just programming (i dont even have television), but artistic integrity (D4L anyone?). if the media outlets determine that the D4L’s of the world are the taste-makers, or conversely that the media outlets themselves are the taste-makers, then perhaps the hip-hop apocolypse IS nigh.

  • Belize

    Isnt it weird that somedays’ id prefer watchin’ VH1 than BET

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Na, Beli. That little fuckin’ treefrog lookin’ imbecile from 106 & Park would drive me to fucking Fox News.

  • Belize

    decent post too…i thought u were gonna come harder though bruh

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    i dont even watch rap city and 106 anymore…the host suck and they need to make 106 for the 20+ yr olds…its all about the youngstas on there…while we get black carpet…and they need to get somebody more respectable in for rap city

  • the one

    Nice fuckin outro. You should stay and replace Bol, Sic and that other chick.

    One

  • Fernando

    BET is terrible. I just saw a quasi news piece about the greatness of Bobby Brown and how the black community should embrace him as thier leader and “king of R&B”. The whole time Im thinking, “isnt Bobby Brown the guy who was popular 20 years ago and now looks like he just did a Tony Montana sized pile of coke before every-little-thing-he-does” (sorry, had to do it) MTV is obviously catering to 14 yr old girls, so only Transient qualifies to watch that pile of shit. VH1…eh, its ok. I like the train wreck stories about 80′s pop stars. Shitty videos though.

  • soopadoopa

    Hip-Hop aint Dead its just too COMMERCIAL right now. When the mainstream gets tired of it, maybe we can get some more variety as far as the types of rap music we get 2 hear!

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  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    Yo I sort of touched on this subject this morning and how this 4th quarter is the most important in recent history. Well to Belize, Rey, Enlightened or whomever, read it on my blog and tell me what you think it would be appreciated. Just click on the I Fux it should take you there, One

  • Fernando

    What kind of studies is BET conducting??? Since when is DJQ45 better than Big Tigg?? When did an annoying latino bitch and a crack head become better than ANY OTHER 106th & Park host pair ever??? Rap City used to be classic shit, now all I get is some no-name dick-ryder who feels the urge to “give props” every segment. (I put the spread at +12 daps every show AT LEAST) Where is Tavis Smiley??? I used to somewhat enjoy BET news. Now I got some 20 something jig telling me how great Hezbullah is (no, really) F*CK BET, MTV, & Fox News

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    ALLLREADY…

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    IM FEELING THIS BLOG

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    “MTV is obviously catering to 14 yr old girls, so only Transient qualifies to watch that pile of shit.”

    Transi = Ethered!

    I Fux–The T.I.’s at my job won’t let me access blogspot, but I’ll check it out as soon as I can.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Nice post. Thoughtful and insightful. Plus it stimulates more than just good conversation, it facilitates the need for action. With that said, Go cop Lupe Fiascos new Album Food & Liquor and if you dont already have buy Chingy’s Hoodstar album too… Straight up Classic!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com shawn

    hip hop is dead…………in new york. come down south and it’s all good. dipset is respected down here, and ny hates on them cuz they sound southern, so fucking what? yall new yorkers are whack and whiners anyway. candy paint and grillz run shit now!

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    For the record, i was only fucking around with that Chingy reference. I have never, ever, ever bought or listened to an entire Chingy album. I wouldn’t even buy the bootleg or download his garbage ass music.

    But keeping it funky, pulling me back is a good song!, But i still wont buy his shit!

  • Mikey Ess AKA SukedowN

    Are you trend bloggers ever gonna stop the 70s/80s babies nonsense?

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz thebestout!!

    GOOD POST!

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz thebestout!!

    DAT’S SOME BULL SHIT!! I GOT YOU THO’!

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    This is one of the realest things that i have ever heard spit:

    Lusssst… sometimes can override trusssst
    She said that’s why she gave it up
    My man said blood spilled out of everything he tou-chhhhed
    He crushed everything he crushed
    Ruined everything he loved, he just wanted to rushhhhh
    Blamed it on the times bein rough
    Doin dirt, with the devil, chasin after the dusssst
    Make a fussss, if it’s them, but we hushhh, if it’s us

    Lupe Fiasco’s Real from F&L

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Shawn–

    Imagine a world where the Miami Heat defeat the Dallas Mavericks 4-2 in the NBA Finals, only they’re not handed the championship trophy. They’re clearly the best team because they defeated the best, only the recognized champion team is the Cleveland Cavaliers because “…they uniforms is hot and LeBron can ball, son…”

    Now imagine that Steven A Smith, David Aldridge, Marv Alber, & even Bill Walton’s senile ass aren’t decrying this travesty. Instead, they’re proclaiming that LeBron & ‘Melo & their squads are the only basketball players & teams that matter despite Shaq, Kobe, & Tim Duncan’s multiple rings & obvious dominance.

    That’s how us N.Y. hip-hop heads feel.

    I’m sure you’re gonna blow this retort off (no candy paint’n'grillz), but this is that “real talk” that everyone is so big on.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i’m bulletproof, nigga

  • Belize

    I fux-

    (add the lil bit that wasnt deleted on bol’s post)

    and i also want to add the fact that ur post is almost the same thing we’v read at xxlmag.com continously, so if you want to be a good writer u have to distinguish ur self from the 10000000 other fukers out there, plus im surprised u didnt add:

    Bone Thugz- they are litterally at the “crossroads” with thier full surface debut, plus can they do it w/o bizzy

    reakwon – basically in bonez’ situation as well (last hope album + can he do it without the full help from ghost), plus his album is gonna be 1/2 dre and 1/2 rza ex. produced (damn if this was 96, he’s be the most anticipated)

    and

    Ghostface- jay’z told him that he wants a new album to be released in december, so far this is “ël presidente’s” best move cuz fishscale is still fresh in people’s minda and heads are talin about how good it is months later, so if he drops a dopeazz album, he might see good sales

    just a couple thought nucca- keep grindin

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    Jae Millz is dope I cant believe New York doesnt back that nigga, if he was from Houston that nigga would have atleast went gold rhyming about Grillz and Candy Paint and shit….

  • Meka Soul

    this blog almost inspires me to start my own blog.

    but then i’d have to quit my current well-paying job & gorge on the viacom/clear channel galactic empire all day, praying that i get enough views and ad revenues to get a free iced mochalatté coupon [no in my mind...] from dunkin’ donuts.

    contrary to popular belief, hip-hop has not dies. rather, it’s going through a “great depression era”-esque time period where a majority of the products being released resemble nicole richie’s digestive system than actually quality music. how to stop this? i have no fucking clue, since the hugo chavezes of the “big 4″ would rather see a ryan leaf-type bomb do worse than an actual “good” artist[s], so long as there’s money to be made.

    oh well. i still have my ipod to keep me happy [no billionaire boys club].

  • Belize

    Re- lol @ treefrog lookin’ imbecile, that nucca does look like the “precious” animal in the hobbit cartoon (no movie)

    im out, gotta go to get this degree, u know us marines tend to need as much edumacation as we can get

    Ravishing rick Rude

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    Thanks Belize, I almost forgot about Rae, it seems he is enjoying some kind of renaissance(spellcheck) him being on some of the new jacks remixes, well I love Ghost but he is always around the 300k mark and hovering. I hate that whiteboy rap though I want to add Def Jux, C ray Walz, Ill Bill type of shit, fuck that type of lyricism that shit is horrible and grating on my ears

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    heres a thought…become a gues on the shows these wack artist are coming on and start a egging movement…any wack rapper shows his face…egg’em…LMAO

  • Belize

    Ifux- I just heard track 2 and track 4 from the jedi mind tricks new album, never heard there music before but they remind me of killaarmy meets mobb deep and add a slice of ruckus records

    1NE

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    lol.. I’d buy a dozen eggs and a ticket to Young Joc’s next show.

  • Meka Soul

    i’d buy a dozen eggs, freeze them, then bumrush my way into a yung j[c]oc show.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I’d buy a dozen eggs, sneak into a Bow Wow/Chris Brown show, and then forget about the eggs and slap holy fire out of Brown-Wow.

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    YO did yall ever see when this reporter had like a mic and then squirted water in Tom Cruise’s(no homo on the Tom Cruise) face, that shit was hilariouser than a motherf$cker

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    True story(no homo),

    I went to a Kanye West concert when he was promoting for the College Dropout, well anyways I was there with a lady friend. And then she turns to me and says that guy keeps looking at you like if he were singing to you(that guy was John-NO HOMO-Legend) I was like what the fuck and then I just got my peripherals going and the dude was looking at me the whole time he was singing. Look now I am not a great looking dude, but ever since that day I was convinced he was gay and so did my girl. This was like march of 04 way before anyone starting calling him gay

  • the young chuck taylor

    shawn Says:

    September 22nd, 2006 at 1:28 pm
    hip hop is dead…………in new york. come down south and it’s all good. dipset is respected down here, and ny hates on them cuz they sound southern, so fucking what? yall new yorkers are whack and whiners anyway. candy paint and grillz run shit now!

    —————————————————————the only hip-hop in the south is scarface,outkast,maybe T.I, and some other fuckas i cant think of at the moment but most of all people like paul wall and mike jones those are rappers not hip-hop artist….hip-hop has to stay true to the streets rap can do whatever the fuck it wants…..theres a big difference.

  • oi[ppipi

    You are terrible.

  • e

    Nice Post its refreshing to see a positive post. I believe that if enough people demand a certain product and demand quality the TI’s at record labels will take notice.

    And for the record the new latina girl that hosts 106 & Park can get it.

    Fuck You Mad Linx

  • Combat Jack

    Good week dude. Three Brooklyn salutes:

    Blaow, Blaow, Blaow!!!

  • Belize

    lol @ Ifux tryin to EyeFux john Legend…very fruity loops

  • bmort

    first of all mtv and bet didnt put that shit on in response to no damn 70′s babies, they put those shows on because rap was new and was beginning to grow like wildfire. rapcity is still on but yo left during the mid 90s and 70s babies didnt do nothing. NE WAY hiphop aint dead.snap is rap and so is all the songs cats are doing with r&b artists. there are still guys out there with crazy lyrical content BUT WE AS FANS DON’T SUPPORT THEM ENOUGH. Im loving lil wayne, outkast get butchered for trying something new (one mag said they couldnt categorize them as hiphop), Luda is nice and for all that think the south isnt hiphop.

    WE ARE HIPHOP EVERY SINGLE RAPPER DOWNHERE. WE JUST HAVE DIFFERENT FLAVAS FROM CHOPPED AND SCREW(HOUSTON MOSTLY), CRUNK(ATL AND MEMPHIS), HARDCORE(ATL MEMPHIS AND HOUSTON), PARTY(ATL),LYRICS(ALL THE SOUTH) SCARFACE, LUDA, LIL WAYNE, TI, 36, TRICK, JEEZY,KAST, CEE LO… ETC AND COME TO THINK ABOUT IT THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE TRYING SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN THE RAP GAME IS THE SOUTH (OUTKAST, CEE LO, EVEN LIL WAYNE STYLE HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS) I HATE IT BUT SNAP IS DIFFERENT, CRUNK IS DIFFERENT, CHOPPED AND SCREW WAS DIFFERENT. WHAT HAS THE CREATVE MINDS OF NY CHANGED ABOUT HIPHOP? ITS BEEN THE SAME SINCE THE 80S JUST GRAB A MIC AND RAP. LL (BROUGHT THE LOVE SONG). JAY IS IMPECCABLE AND SO IS NAS. BUSTA IS CRAZY (BUT IF YOU LISTEN TO THEIR ALBUMS THE SUBJECT CONTENT AHS CHANGED BUT THEIR STYLE OF RAP IS THE SAME). BUT IF YOU WANNA TALK RHYME PATTERNS (MY NIGGAS PROJECT PAT IS NICE WITH A STYLE NOBODY CAN EVER STEAL.)

  • http://fwammacunlimited.net fraser mclaren

    hip hop is dead , for anyone in there late 20′s and up. back in the back we had pete rock and cl smooth , gangstarr , masta ace , rakim , main source and a tribe called quest. Now hip hop has crap like lil wayne and young jeezy weezy. (r.i.p. hip hop 1975 – 1995)

  • .M’N'R.

    hip hop IS DEAD… listen 2 the shit comin from the A and all the shit like snap ya fingas and that bullshit yung joc houston crap.. we need sumthin from the west and the eastt sumthin 2 put it back on the chartss sumthin like nas’ HIP HOP IS DEAD n jay-z kingdom come, along with doctors advocate.. and WHERE THE HELL IS THE DETOX

  • You ass

    Bmort says 3 6 mafia got skills. That truly stupid.

  • Hubb T

    Hip Hop may not be dead, but it’s on it’s death bed gasping for air. Everthing that makes it onto the charts is the same. A club banger with dumbed down lyrics and no message to the song. Everything is money, cash, car, and clothes. Don’t get me wrong because I remember when hip hop didn’t have all of that, but now the whe got it, whe forgot the true values of hip hop. We used to strive on creativity and want to push the boundaries, now everyone follows the trends in order to keep sells high. I love hip hop, but it’s hard to find these days. Hip hop may not be dead, but is definately fighting for its life.

  • Lack of Game

    I’m affraid Hip Hop died with my brothers B.I.G. and Pac. RIP Hip Hop and the aforementioned legends.

  • ripsta

    you niggas saying that hip hop aint dead are the ones that are shaking you lil imature ass in front of tv taliking bout “lean with, rock with it”, man get that faggot ass shit off BET. hip pop is alive….but as a real hip hop fan i must say my choice of music is dead

  • KC.royals.fitted

    HIP HOP was never DEAD! Whoever gassed up the HIP HOP IS DEAD bandwagon … was probably the same person who thought BIG and PAC created an EAST vs WEST beef! There has and will always be mediocre rap acts that get major commercial success ie: HAMMER, DEL the funky homosapien, Fu-Schinkens …up to now with Dem Franchise Boyz, DFL, or whoever else you can think of!
    DOESN’T MEAN HIP HOP IS DEAD, now what is DEAD is the days of signing to a major and becoming an overnight success … or thinking because your from the birthplace of HIP-HOP everyone outside of that is obsolete.
    The tables have turned, BUT HIP HOP is not dead, it’s just more lucrative now!

  • pop a poppa

    yo Billy, the Star Wars post on your website was dope.

  • HUSTLEHARD

    ^^^^^I AGREE HIPHOP IS NOT DEAD. IT’S IN A SLEEPER HOLD, BUT YA’LL DUDES UP NORTH GOTTA STOP HATING ON THA SOUTH.JUST BECAUSE YA’LL AIN’T FROM ‘ROUND HERE YA’LL AIN’T FEELING US.
    WE ARE HIPHOP!!! IN ANOTHER FORM, YEAH WE RAP “CANDY PAINT” AND “RIMS” AND A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER SHIT YA’LL AIN’T FEELIN’. BUT THATS JUST A PART OF OUR CULTURE DOWN HERE. YA’LL RAP SHIT WE DON’T GET BUT WE AIN’T N.Y. BASHING DOWN HERE.
    DON’T GET ME WRONG, WE GOT BULLSHIT ARTIST HERE (GIMMICK RAPPERS) BUT YA’LL DO TOO!! WE ALSO GOT A WHOLE LOT OF REAL ARTISTS WITH SOMTHING TO SAY HERE, DUDES THAT CAN RAP JUST AS GOOD AS ANY UP NORTH ARTIST.
    I UNDERSTAND HIPHOP WAS BORN IN THE EAST COAST (BRONX??) BUT YA’LL ACT LIKE IF THE MUSIC AIN’T COME OUT THA EAST THE SHIT AIN’T “REAL HIPHOP”….FUCK THAT!!! HIPHOP IS EVERYWHERE, JUST BECAUSE U AIN’T FROM A CERTAIN REGION AND DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT DON’T GIVE U THA RIGHT TO BE A HATER.
    IF U DON’T LIKE OUR STYLE OF “HIPHOP” JUST DON’T BUMP THA SHIT. BUT KEEP THA BULLSHIT TO YASELF,CAUSE REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYBODY THINKS THE SOUTH IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A RELIVENT VOICE IN THA HIPHOP COMMUNITY.

  • T-Boye,Boy!!

    I’m agreeing with the statement “Hustlehard” stated. & Im from NY. Let’s startsupporting our artists(our people)& not condem them for the music they put out

  • http://www.sanzkdni59.org/libera libera

    i’am really impressed!!

  • http://www.sanzkdni59.org/formula-1 formula 1

    Chi ha fatto questo? E un buon posto per trovare le informazioni importanti!:)

  • A TOWN DOWN

    If the south can be a force in the hip hop community, the north can too.

  • bullets

    hiphop never died creativity and originality did people were just to stupid to grasp what nas was trying to say but as long as people are suffering and living and rapping about it from the perspective of the culture it will never die the only thing that can kill hiphop is if these billionaire devils stop fucking with the money that causes broke nigas to rap about there problems lmao!!!!!