Radio, them suckas never play us

I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t stand the radio. They never play my favorite artists. For instance, I have never heard the Clipse on any radio station. Anywhere. [1] As a result, I could count on one hand the number of times I’ve bothered to turn on the radio in the last year. When I’m in New York, I listen to Jay Smooth’s Underground Railroad show. When I’m in Vancouver, I listen to J-Swing and Flipout’s Straight Goods. [2] And really, that’s about it. Pretty much every other time I’ve randomly tuned in, I’ve heard the same handful of boring, clownish hip-pop singles over and over again, ad infinitum. Listen to the rap attack and hold the radio close? Not so much. Why suffer through that mess when you have the Internet?

I don’t think I’m alone on this. A couple of weeks ago I interviewed Pusha T for Pound Magazine. We were talking about why rhymes are so simplistic these days and why the art of lyricism isn’t particularly valued in hip-hop. Here’s what he had to say:

Why is it not valued? I’m going to blame radio. Because I think they doing a lot of things based on research. And when they look to this research, it’s research on children. Dealing with kids is cheap. The kids want the big hook, the repetitive ad lib, they want everything that’s just easy.

Coincidentally, I was reading an interview this morning with Phonte of Little Brother, who had a similar take:

I guess my hip-hop pet peeve is nowadays, it being focused too much on the youth…you have kids dictating what adults are doing. You have cats making singles trying to get the 106 crowd and TRL crowd and you got grown ass men in their 30’s trying to write some shit that’s going to appeal to a 13 year old. That’s ass backwards to me.

Tay goes on to point out why marketing to the pre-teen demographic is counterproductive. Although they may have disposable income, their tastes are incredibly fickle. “You gotta look at the turnover,” he noted. “You were 13 once, I’m sure your taste, just like mine, changed every other week. So, there’s no longevity trying to market to that crowd.”

There’s been a lot of discussion here at XXL Blogs about the generation gap between the 60s/70s and 80s babies. I wonder if we’re not missing a key piece to the “who’s killing hip-hop?” puzzle. Maybe it’s not about the twenty-somethings duking it out with the thirty-somethings. Maybe the rap rug is being pulled out from under all of us by some suits that have decided pandering to rocking, leaning and snapping 13 year-olds is a stellar idea.

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[1] You already know what I’m going to say. They dropped it, now go cop it.

[2] I’ve yet to find any radio shows I like in Toronto. Get at me if you know of any.

  • lonestar

    nice post…100 percent correct

  • layon

    first

  • weezybaby

    best blogger alive yea fuk the 90′s babies

    im a 80 babie babie

  • http://www.damonbrown.net Damon Brown

    Chicago bumped “When Was The Last Time” a little back in 2004, but that was about it. Frankly, I think alternative radio sources, online and on satellite radio, are the only way to get the good shit today.

  • jacquez
  • http://rodneydugue.blogspot.com RD

    Tara, this was so fukin precise. this may also provide insight into the growing body of dissent regarding jay’s newest album. while, I will not go to say it was his best output, it surely was not deserving of such denouncement. The backlash regarding KC, may speak to a larger epidemic growing within Hip Hop – are we becoming too old for Hip Hop?

    RD

  • Hannah Smith

    Yawn. Why are you still writing here?

  • FrostyFreeze

    You hit the nail right on the head, once again. I gave up on FM radio all together a couple years ago. Every once in awhile, I’ll turn on POWER 106 here in LA to see if I’m missing out on anything, and guess what? I’m not. And now I know that it’s not my fault.

    I’m not getting older, the music is getting younger! Yeah, that’s it.

  • Samhain Misfit

    Ummmm….its not ONLY the radio…I mean, YOU work for XXL who put the SAME clowns on the cover month after month, feature the SAME wack MC’s in the pages month after month end then cry about how much hip hop sucks…HELLO? YOU have a voice….use it…Also, what research are you talkin about? Do YOU know of a single person/kid ever asked to participate in a “research” group? Nope? Me niether….

  • NickeNitro

    The whole point of commerical radio is to set up an environment that’s conducive to their advertisers. That’s why it’s called “commercial”
    radio. It’s easier to sell anything to someone who doesn’t think that hard.

    For this reason, he radio keeps things very simple, and a lot of people will be okay with not thinking very hard and listening to the same mind-numbing songs enough for the song to become familiar to the point where the subconscious likes it.

    So, yeah, the radio is directed to trendy kids. Trendy people with tastes that keep changing need to keep buying things that accord with their new tastes, while people who know what they like have already acquired goods that accord with their tastes, so they have less of a need to shop. But the radio is also directed to adults, with the object being to keep them thinking and acting like kids, and thus shopping like kids (with their adult money).

    Also, the radio works to perpetuate societal mores like stereotypes, divisiveness, and demographics that benefit their advertisers.

  • Meka Soul

    if in 5 years those “peanut butter & jelly” kats are still around, i quit hip-hop.

    30 yr old “rappers” rhyming about breakast condiments: not so much.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    i could have sworn i touched on this issue about who is dictating what gets played…yes it is the youngsters…they are the ones with a voice and using it by requesting their favorite hype song or r&b song on all the media outlets…what do we(21&up) do…sit back and complain about the playlists…I think we need to seperate the new generation from ours…meaning dedicating different media outlets to our specific generation…the old heads have theirs…r&b have theirs…its time we get ours…change comes with time…all we need to do is adjust…smell me…

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Yeah, I hear you Tara. I’ve said all that a bunch of times.

    The worst part is that the late 80s and 90s babies don’t even buy that bullshit on the radio. They download it, make it their MySpace song for like a month & then bounce. Fuckin’ radio idiots think that people will buy the album cuz they play a song 450 times to try and make people like it.

    Fuck that shit.

    The 90s babies support the nursery-hop, but it’s still the Sickamore-Class 80s baby assholes that support all that crack rap bullshit. Worse than that, Sick still has it in his head that the music of the 80s babies is anywhere near as good as the music of the 70s kids & the 1969 Hov.

    “_____ is old!” = Weakest comeback ever.

    UNO!

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

    Yo have been so on point lately Tara, that I have a hard on for you, ready for when you want it; I am giving like that and since its Holiday Season I am in the spirit just like Jimmy ballllllllllinnn for Christmas!

  • Were Read 2 Def
  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Yeah, these lil’ munthafuckas r fucking it up…

    Fuck it!

  • j.o.s.e.(HIP HOP IS DEAD)

    CO SIGN THAT! FROM AN 80S BABY..

  • Incilin

    Go Tara, you did it again. This post got me thinking and what your saying makes more sense than I want it to. It is younger crowd that their trying to cater to. But I don’t get why. Back when I was like 13 all I ever wanted was to be like the older kids. How did the 90s babies get us to want to be like them? If it’s just the marketing then what made the labels change thier perspective.

  • thoreauly77

    i wonder also whether or not it has anything to do with a lot of really shitty music put out in the last year or so? diddy got some of the best reviews?! that kind of shit makes me want to shove chopsticks in my eyeballs.

  • http://myspace.com/legacyhiphop Belize

    Good post tara…but..uhh….this has been a reoccurence in hip-hop 4 years now , from Run DMC’s Xmas songs to Jim “xxxxmmmmmaasss!” jones..so..its kind of the artist’s fault as well.

    (*Radio is the catalyst thou*)

  • http://yahoo.com quin_c813

    i fukin luv u tara!!!!!

  • Bang

    damn, you could be right. great article.

    sidenote: Jeezy is the prime candidate for this kind of fuckery with the simple hooks, ad-libs, etc. After reading Bleu Divinci talk about him I can only think of him as a gimmick. YEEEAAAAHHHHHHHh

  • Were Read 2 Def

    ^^^co-sign Bang

  • double r

    89.5 fm in toronto, Project Bounce, from midnight to 3 am, good shit

  • tdotrepresenta

    you should check out “Project Bounce” on 89.5 CIUT from 12-5 in the AM. it’s the only radio i listen to in the T-dot…light years better then that garbage FLOW.

  • http://www.myspace.com/16kingz thebest out!

    Maybe the rap rug is being pulled out from under all of us by some suits that have decided pandering to rocking, leaning and snapping 13 year-olds is a stellar idea.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    dumb down the generation, rule the world!

  • http://xxl.com Malik B

    Tara=Big Daddy Kane
    Bol=Danity Kane

  • BOL_Still_Here?

    Tara=Big Daddy Kane
    Bol=Danity Kane

    So True

  • The Bizness

    Tara, So true your post is. And you can imagine how the radio is in Montreal let alone T.O.

    Anyways you want good music on the go? Get Sirius satellite radio. I just copped it and have not turned back since! they play all the shit you want to hear. The only caveat is that there is so much playing at once, it is easy to miss out on some good ish!

    P.S. I would nominate you to start up a Sirius Station or Program aimed at Canadian hip-hop. It would work Trust me, Sirius already has 200,000 plus subscribers in less than a year!!

  • VictorP

    Surprisingly Atlanta has a really good station I listen to online. http://www.WRFG.org. They also have a really good hip hop show called beats & lyrics with Jayforce on Saturday nights. Here’s there link to the archives. Check out http://www.Beatzandlyrics.podomatic.com or http://www.wrfg.org

    The have hip hop shows on from 2am-6am every night of the week.
    This station has alot of good hip hop shows that don’t play the same music over & over again & not just southern based artists.

  • VictorP

    WRFG 89.3 FM Atlanta http://www.wrfg.org

  • >>>>>>>>ROC

    tara you are the man…….(well you know what i mean)…..but u defenitley write the best hip hop blogs on the net…what you just wrote was some of the truest shit iv’e read in a while…BOL you fucking suck…..you used to be funny but now your just annoying and boring……..TARA gets my vote as G.O.A.T blogger…………..~1~

  • Domjel

    Damn Tara, you bring the goods!

    To take it a step further, MTV’s approach has influenced clear channel: One playlist for the entire country. Occasionally, you may some battle of the records during the hot seven @ seven. I haven’t listened to the radio in a few years. What are some hot internet radio stations to listen to?

  • content

    good post. What ever happen to rap city top ten? Does that shit still come on? 106 & TRL make my ears bleed.

  • P-Matik

    103 Jamz down in Norfolk, VA (where Clipse and I are from) holds it down a lot better than most commercial stations. You could actually hear Little Brother and Clipse in the afternoon.

    Big up DJ Bee, Fontz, and DJ Kharee.

  • Prince Of The South

    There’s been a lot of discussion here at XXL Blogs about the generation gap between the 60s/70s and 80s babies. I wonder if we’re not missing a key piece to the “who’s killing hip-hop?” puzzle. Maybe it’s not about the twenty-somethings duking it out with the thirty-somethings. Maybe the rap rug is being pulled out from under all of us by some suits that have decided pandering to rocking, leaning and snapping 13 year-olds is a stellar idea.

    I totally agree with you on that. I’m from Tennessee, but I can’t stand that snap movement. Hip Hop isn’t dead it’s just on life support. When you take the 70s babies out of the puzzle what do you have? Kanye, Wayne, Tip, Luda, and a few artists still trying to establish themselves, like Jeezy trying to establish himself on his 2nd cd. 90s babies, what you got Jibbs? Hip Hop is dead if Jibbs is the cream of the crop.

  • http://www.myspace.com/poisonousdarthfc Poisonous Dart

    Yep. Music is marketed to children and teenagers. This is why groups/artists have 3 to 5 years to sell as many units as possible before the public doesn’t care anymore and they have to make a deal with Koch. G Unit was hot from 2000-2005 and it’ll be another 2 years before they completely fall off and get replaced by another crew.

    In that same amount of time, DipSet will break up and be at each other’s throats, airing out each others dirty laundry and throwing diss tracks back and forth…I can’t fuckin’ wait!

    Great blog, Tara…My old backpackin’ ass appreciated it greatly.

    One.

  • Jay W

    Still on Phonte’s nuts I see.

    (Grindin’ was all over the radio.)

  • http://mixfiend.com Belize

    Hey tara, real talk..get sirus radio

  • http://xxl.com Malik B

    >G Unit was hot from 2000-2005

    G-Unit wasn’t hot in 2000. OutKast, Nelly, Jay-Z and Ludacris were hot in 2000. 50 Cent was a relative no-name back then; people started hearing about him in ’02 or ’03.

  • landre

    eh yo did u go to clark? cuz my homie says he know you and you had something to do with fader?

  • NickeNitro

    Another thought: Up through the mid 90s, the big complaint was that radio didn’t play any hip-hop. Eventually, the audience grew to a point where Lauryn Hill, Biggie, Eminem, and others were able to break through. The money and the airplay followed, then the inevitable dilution.

    The moral, I guess, is be careful what you wish for. Commercial radio is what it is, and it’s only going to get worse. At least it’s sure to get worse here in the States as the government, being the gal Friday to all big corporations that it is, continues to deregulate the media.

    The kids aren’t really the ones to blame — they’re only doing what they know based on what they’ve been exposed to. What bothers me is the effect this will have on that generation and ones that follow. If what’s on the radio is all they know, then hip-hop is only going to keep moving toward glossier, more derivative commercials for jewelry, cars, nightclubs, etc.

    You know, it’s probably not that bad. Like I said, nobody was checkin for rap on the radio back then, so why start now? Real music is still being made, and every generation will still have real heads on the lookout for it.

    You could even look at commercial rap radio as a positive — at least more and more of the less cognizant are listening to some form of hip-hop. It’s not like most of them would be buying Clipse records if rap wasn’t getting any play like before. At least now some of them now might, say, see they’re favorite gabbage rapper on the cover of your shitty magazine, decide to cop it, and then, while trying to get at the titty ads in the back, stumble across the review for HHNF and decide to buy it.

    So basically, what I’m saying is that you should put more titty ads in your magazine please.

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Money dictates everything maybe if 30 and 40 year olds bought cds their music would be on the radio more.

    Youth has always influenced pop culture

    Lastly 80′sBabies > every other generation

    Crack Rap > any form of music

    Ay!

  • skip

    lmao at “more titty ads in the mag”

  • kharlieh

    hey Tara,
    project bounce on 89.5 midnight-6 in the morning when your in the dot. maybe even worth taping to play in the day instead of that Flow 93.5 madness.
    1

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    90′s Babies are wack and dumb though

    60′s and 70′s Babies are old and past their primes

    80′s Babies = Gulliest Generation Ever

    Ya Dig

  • TORONTO LAND OF GROWN UPS

    Traffic Flow Mix Show, Project Bounce and the Trauma Unit.. All Great shows for Toronto people to get their old School Groove (They played a Kish record like it was off of Kingdome Come the other day followed by ABC and then “POISON POISON POISON..PPPPPP.POISON!!! CLASSIC! Ifyou want to hear grown folk music) or their Dip Set Fix … Jim Jones is the boss over there.. God forbid the actuall owner of the station or programming gave Jim 90k to be his homie.. Toronto has great radio to listen.. GO BUY KINDOM COME and disect the lyrics,, I think the hate comes from the lyrics being out of reach for the common person but if you ,lets say, own a house (not rent) , or a business ( thats profitable), u have good credit and such.. BABY BOY THEN LISTEN UP! Hip Hop needed this.. We have grown up.. I do not have a locker anymore.. I have closet space.. I dont play girls anymore.. I think about marriage.,.. I dont hustle.. I diversify my funds.. I dont hang on corners.. I chill at MY House.. I do not pack the car with all my homies.. I drive solo or my chick passenger side.. WTF!

    Also, check out track number 20 on Snoop album “The Blue Carpet Treatment” Classic

    Happy in Toronto.. I AM AUDI 5000!!!
    PEACE!!!

  • http://myspace.com/djmainevent DJ Main Event

    you’re so right about that radio thing. college radio is the jumpoff though for real shit and im not just saying that because i do it.

    wrgp.org im on from saturday 1pm EST.

  • TDG

    yeah canadian radio stations are horrible, Montreal has by far the worst ones, but when im in toronto they seem to have one good hip hop station Hot something if i remember right

    COP HELL HATH NO FURY!!!!!!!

  • http://urlwww.young-e.de.tl Playa=50=

    yes tara at us they play all pop shit
    its just anoing
    i dont like radio ether
    u know mpnrose??? from germany???
    a pretty new girl band singing about soul
    very nice
    emotional i love it
    nas – hip hop is dead the n

  • Samhain Misfit

    Hip hop is like punk…They DO NOT belong in “big business”…

  • the truth

    Tara for president!

  • Fernando

    Good post. makes sense to me.

    Radio has always hurt. Its always played the the junk that simple minded folks who dont take the time to find good music to listen to.

  • http://xxlmag.com slick money

    thats real talk! This little kid shit is killin’ hip hop.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chronikill ROX ONE

    I dunno, the clipse complaining about the lack of lyrical depth on the radio to me is about as ironic as Luke claiming that hip-hop objectifies women.

    I remember hearing “grinding” and whatever the other underproduced and uninspired club record the had out on the radio in nyc whenever it dropped from “lord willin”.

    Riz and Skizz on the halftime show in nyc is also quality.

  • NYC

    TARA IZ FYNE AZ FUCK

  • http://barrera.rubenyahoo.com LIL_VENOM

    GOOD POST

    but all of you ignorant people saying
    oh ah fuck the 90′s baby there who we
    have to blame for hip-hop dying sound
    really dumb because, were all kids
    once and I remember when we listen to
    hip-hop it was just about having fun
    and it still is.

    I’m tired of people pointing fingers at whose to blame for the state of hip-hop, you all sound like an angry villager mob hunting down Frankenstein.

    Please give it up and just enjoy this gift called hip-hop. And that’s real talk there better things for us to worry about for real.

    PEACE.

  • H-MAN

    Put it on me…Damn, what a blog…check out Serious….radio iz free…thatz all I know

  • H-MAN

    O’Bama 4 Prisedent in ’08

  • Germ

    Ironic that Jeezy is the poster boy for the type of rapper that Pusha described, yet the Clipse are talking of a tour with him.

    Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

  • http://xxl.com robin_tha_hood

    whats a 80′s baby im born in 89 im i a 80′s baby?

  • http://xxl.com robin_tha_hood

    whats gully mean?

  • Nice n Smooth

    Has Fat Joe purchased Hot 97 and Power 105 in NY? Why do I have to hear his wack ass 24 hours a day?

  • 110 street

    clipse is wack tara, padicake padicake?

  • http://www.afterthesmoke.com Whuzi

    you always speaking the truth..80s baby reign all day

  • http://www.djducats.com Dj Ducats

    I guess it always goes without saying that college/university radio fills the void where commercial seems to destroy. We’ve been doing a university show for a bit over a decade now and I’m somewhat proud of it. I’d like more slots, but they won’t give them to me (I had two shows for a year and they pulled the plug on one of them stating that it was unfair that I, the only person at the station, had two while there were so many waiting for an opportunity at one).

    Bottom line… check out Dj Law in Toronto and work your way to other shows from there (Project Bounce, Dj P-Plus, Dj Jacks, Dj Grouch, etc.). Mine is archived on my site and airs live every Friday from 8-10PM e.s.t. on http://www.ckcufm.com here in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.

    Dj Ducats
    http://www.djducats.com

  • Uncle Murda

    FUCK TARA

  • NoMamesBuey

    Sup Tara,

    I just signed up for the free site rateyourmusic.com.

    I got a inbox from one of your fellow “eh” countrymen, from Montreal. These guys put their radio show on a free downloadable mp3/podcast. If you mess with an ipod or other DAP, you can play this instead of the radio.

    I just started listening to the latest mp3/show. Pretty decent thus far. “No mi parle français”, put the rap is mainly underground english language rap. And you can alwasy FFD if any track sucks

    Tara, I know you dissed Little Brother & made some disparaging comments about underground rap. But you should give it a try. Jean Grae is the best woman MC out. She is underground & I think its fair to say she “doesn’t hate women”.

    Reply back if you check this podcast shiz. Peace

  • NoMamesBuey

    ^my bad Tara, I forgot the linkage

    http://hiphop203.blogspot.com/

    peace

  • blaQ

    MUSIC IS NOT CHANGING…WE’RE JUST GETTING OLD. DEAL WITH IT…IF THE KIDS WANT TO EAT LAFFY TAFFY FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER THEN HEY LET THEM! I’M SURE THE 70′S 60′S BABIES HATED HIP HOP AND WONDEREDD IF MUSIC WAS DYING. LISTEN TO WHAT YOU WANT TO LISTEN TO, DONT EXPECT RADIO TO CHANGE.

  • http://www.thesbdexperience.com livefromthe225

    this isn’t about a generational gap, it’s about the fact that our beloved undeground genre called hip hop has for quite some time now become an multi-billion dollar fast food-esque industry that thrives on quick production and quantity over quality…and our beloved “stars” have for quite some time become marketable coons for big corporations thus you get the repetitiveness of the same artists music being played…and like someone posted earlier the objective is to appeal to those with the most disposable income and to those seeking to keep up with the aforementioned demographic…artists are starving at record labels and publishing and bds (radio spins) pay…which means the more rotation an artist gets the more likely they’ll be able to generate some funds to pay back that horrendous loan (known as an advance) and maybe keep a few funds for a new slave chain and some doja for their weed-carrying entourage…so cats do what they gotta do for those spins, and stations spin what they gotta spin for those advertising dollars…it’s just that simple…only time that doesn’t hold true is when a true street banger comes along that demands the station to play it, which still requires some payola from the artist, so it will only spin based on said artist ability to spend (get it?)…most real underground artists who haven’t compromised integrity for the sake of radio has realized the power of tour money, mainly the guap from overseas the last place where artistic ability is appreciated…artists like aesop rock, murs, pharoh monche, mf doom, etc are getting paid though you may not see it on their necks and wrists and didn’t have to compromise ish…

    real talk from the South
    somebody get YN on the phone tell him he sleepin’ on a new blogger

    a Southern born, 80′s baby, child of hip hop (i got views from all angles)

  • bally

    What is still confusing to me is in fact none of these so called smash kiddy singles sold. (With the exception of ring tone sales) None of these albums went platinum; Where is all of the “disposable income”? Ludacris is selling with singles dedicated to runaway children, Jay-z single is dedicated to his late nephew and just sold 700K its first week. Is Young Dro gold yet? Rick Ross? Jim Jones? for that matter. The notion that “there ‘s no market for smart, grown music is obviously a lie. I’m only 24 but confused as to what I’m “supposed” to listen to. Not confused in the since of trying to be something I’m not, just wondering from a business stand point who is selling records to me?

  • pop a poppa

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    November 29th, 2006 at 1:28 pm
    i could have sworn i touched on this issue about who is dictating what gets played…yes it is the youngsters…they are the ones with a voice and using it by requesting their favorite hype song or r&b song on all the media outlets…what do we(21&up) do…sit back and complain about the playlists

    ^^^^^
    i don’t know how youngster’s are requesting songs on the radio. around here if you call up a radio station all you get is a busy signal. radio stations these days don’t take calls and there are companies set up that do fake call-ins to radio stations to solve the “live” radio factor.

    listeners don’t have any effect of what goes on radio. its all about who and what companies are paying the radio station dollas to get their songs played.

    another thing about radio is that corporate Amerikkka realizes that hip-hop is a powerful force. the best way to keep hip-hop from riling people up to question these crooked companies and authorities is to play “coon-hop”.

  • GeneralHase

    The radio is the reflection of the youth and the youth is fucked up. I was born in 1990 but I aint all up on lil waynes,TI,or any other mufuckas dick. Thats why I keep a CD player to listen to ras kass,mobb deep,nas,jay z,Wu Tang,chino xl,BIG,Pac,Az,etc….The youth is simply raping rap….out.

  • john cochran

    I BEEN SAYIN THIS SINCE FOREVER YO. I’M ONLY TWENTY, BUT WHEN I LISTEN TO THE RADIO ALL I HEAR IS SHIT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. I CANT STAND THE RADIO. IM IN PHILLY, SO THE ONLY TIME WE GET REAL MUSIC IS ON POWER 99′S “THE COME UP SHOW”. AND THAT DONT COME ON TILL LATE ON FRIDAYS I THINK. IT’S CRAZY CAUSE MY LITTLE COUSINS BE JAMMIN ALL DAY TO THE RADIO. IM ONLY A FEW YEARS OLDER THAN THEM AND I DONT LIKE THE RADIO. FUCK IT THOUGH, GO COP XM OR SIRUS. THEY GOT STATIONS THAT PLAY THAT GGOD OL THING

  • john cochran

    THIS IS GOIN TO SOUND IGNORANT, BUT I THINK THE KIDS COMIN UP NOW ARE STUPID. THEY DONT WANNA HEAR A PERSON RAPPING, THEY WANNA HEAR CHANTING OVER 808S AND SYNTHS. IF ANYONE KILLED HIP HOP, ITS THE 12-17 YEAR OLDS. THEY BUY ANYTHING THE MAN SELLS THEM. LIKE I SAID BEFORE, IM ONLY 20. BUT WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL WE WERE IN THE HALLS BANGIN HIP HOP ALL DAY. WE WEREN’T JUST LISTENING FOE CUTE HOOKS OR BEATS, WE WERE LISTENING TO PEOPLES FLOWS, JUDGING SOLELY ON THAT. MATTER OF FACT, WE DIDNT EVEN GIVE A SHIT ABOUT BEATS. WHEN NIGGAS WAS PUTTING ACAPELLA FREESTLYES ON THEY MIXTAPES WE WAS LOVIN IT. YOU JUST DONT SEE IT ANYMORE. PEOPLE THINK THAT CAUSE OLHEADS LIKE JIGGA, NAS,PUFF AND CUBE AND THEM COMING BACK OUT THAT THAT GAME IS SAVED AGIAN. I THINK ITS JUST ALRIGHT FOR NOW. WHEN THEY SIT DOWN PERMANENTLY WE GONE BE IN TROUBLE.

  • Jay

    I guess one thing we can all agree on is that the thing killing hip hop really is the radio. not the ipods or illegal downloading. no. its the radio. onli way for people to hear a song they like is through the radio right? thats why real rap aint sellin nowadays. you cant really blame the kids since only reason they are makin wack ass songs is thanks to crappy ass songs that became hits thanks to high school dances and myspace. in an interview 50 cent spoke on how all this “snapping music” actually limits how far the music can really go. im not hatin on the south but 50 cent said “a lot of music from the south is really simplified, and i think its just because they wanna have a good time. They dont wanna think about what they just said. you sat there and you made things that dont make sense just make sense.” i mean who wouldve thought doggystyle years that snoop dogg would actually make bitch ass songs? i guess only guy really keepin hip hop alive is dr. dre. i mean look how long its takin him to complete detox. thats a true dedicated rapper.

  • http://www.hiphop203.tk Louis

    I have the same problem… Radio doesn’t play what i like to listen to. So I host my own hip hop show every week on a local underground radio station in Montreal (choq.fm). That’s where the real hip hop is at right now. 2006, we played about 300 new cds in about 40 shows. We never play the same track twice since all of our show are available in archives. Hosts are french but the beat is all dopeness.

    http://hiphop203.blogspot.com

    (NoMamesBuey thanks for promoting the show :P)