Rap Music… Who The Fuck Cares?!?

I am officially old and washed up. I have been in denial for the last several years in part because the music I enjoyed during my youth was still populated by artists that I enjoyed listening to when I was a bit younger. Even though these artists found it increasingly difficult to produce and release new music just their presence reassured me that I still belonged among them. When the realization finally hit me that I no longer belonged it was colder than ice cold water to my face. I remember this feeling many years ago when this little Philipino chick that I was crushing on sent word through one of my friends that she didn’t like me that way. Heartbreak doesn’t even go deep enough.

I found myself at the wrap party for The Wire last night(more on that later) and my homey from Brooklyn Bodega told me to leave rap music alone. I was too old. It no longer was for me. I resisted. In my mind I begged rap music to reconsider my feelings. We did have good times together didn’t we? Sure I dated soul, funk, jazz and rock music on the side, but that was for sample sources, so that I could become a better lover of rap music. I always came back didn’t I? Rap music unfortunately had moved on. There was no time for a guy like me who had all of these lofty demands.

Here I am trying to espouse complex socio-economic themes and heaven forbid, polysyllabic rhyme schemes while rap music has moved in the direction of songs based on guttural expressions like ‘Yaaah’. This isn’t the fault of Soulja Boy either even though he failed the 9th grade twice before dropping out of high school. I can relate to his plight since I have a G.E.D. my damn self. His triumphant satisfaction with lyrical mediocrity was already trumpeted by the crapper Mims when he said that “I can sell a mill saying nothing on the track”.

This is a scary moment for me. Someone please cue up that song from Rose Royce ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’.

So where do I go from here? I suppose I could go back into my funk mode, but lord knows that shit only sounds good with reefer. I love Coltrane ’til deaf, but his music just doesn’t make my head nod unless its sampled by the Bomb Squad. I supposed I could pull some 1980′s new wave shit out for a minute, but when you listen to too much Soft Cell that shit gives you a vagina like HGH. I think its time for me to pull out my Bad Brains and The Clash albums. No one is talking that hardbody social justice shit anymore. The revolution always gets co-opted and silkscreened onto a t-shirt like Che Guevara.

The future of rap music was going to be Joell Ortiz and Saigon with NaS leading the way through the darkness. My problem was that I refused to believe that Hip-Hop died way back in 1979 with the release of the ghost-written classic ‘Rapper’s Delight’. Ever since that moment when three total strangers were assembled to form the SugarHill Gang rap music has been a contrived, commodified commercial corpse. There’s no point in giving this carcass Detox. It’s been dead for thirty years.

  • http://bgdboom.blogspot.com Enigmatik

    *drops a rose on the coffin*

  • castro

    Nore said First!!!! You got a real point. What used to be real music that meant something is now only made to make dollars.

  • 6MillionDollarMan

    *drops a rose on the coffin*

    Shit crazy now.

    R AP
    I N
    P IECES

  • Around and Around

    That’s a good drop, I myself have been asking myself this for years….Am I just getting old and had Hip Hop changed and blew right past me? Or is this shit now just weak ass music? I say it’s both.

    And if you want to listen to revolution/social justice shit thank God we still got Immortal Technique.

  • bhillboy

    You don’t have to listen to all the rap. Just the rap that you like. I’m 35 and my wife is 31 and I’ve been listening to rap all my life (since I could pick out the songs I personally like). You don’t have to listen to Huey, Bow Wow, soula boy, or none of these other pre-pubescent artists. Like who you like for why you like them and let the kids have their teeny bop artists without our old peoples interference. We aren’t the only mid 30 people who listen to rap and if we supported the artists we find interesting we wouldn’t have to worry about why BOW WOW throws a rose on “Goin back to Cali”.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com MGG

    I agree with bhillboy. You dont have to listen to everything. Now, because of what I do, I at least have to stay aware of everything, but I dont have to LISTEN and ENJOY it all either. I have this convo with a lot of my friends and I’ve found that always helps to just unplug for a couple hours out the day, a couple days out the week, a couple weeks out the month…you get the idea. Listen to NPR like alot of grown people do, go to places that have nothing to do with Hip Hop music from time to time, talk to people who dont know shit about it and of course talk about other shit. You’re probably getting too old to listen to certain shit, not necessarily rap as a whole. I feel the same way sometimes, really, very often, but then I realize that it aint that Im getting old, Im just growing into some other things. And please, dont let this lame ass teenybopper shit sway you. Do you. I aint saying dedicate portions of your day to hate (ala GZA), but dont let this bullshit make you think that you dont know whats up.

    Bad Brains sounds like a great detox though. But for real, yall are sleeping on good gospel music like that last Dave Hollister joint, gospel music is cool too. Not the screaming shit, but the well written shit.

    Peace.

    • Josh

      Yeah, but the problem is that there is very little new music to listen to. I listen to my old shit all day…I even ran to “Paid In Full” on the treadmill yesterday.

      But I want to have new rap music to listen to. And I just can’t find it. Most new artists are wack and most artists I like can’t make good albums anymore (yes, even Jay-Z).

      There’s just no balance. I don’t give a shit if Soulja Boy and Bow Wow dominate the charts. We had our Fresh Princes, Young MCs, and so on and so forth. I ain’t mad that there’s a new crop of artists making records for the kids. Where is the crop of artists making records for the heads?

      I can’t just blame the labels for this…Because the so-called MCs that get signed can’t make decent songs (see Pap, Saigon).

      Joell Ortiz is the truth, but he can’t be the only one. And he still needs a big single to survive in this environment.

      Even Wu-Tang had singles.

  • http://www.theclassiks.blogspot.com H. IMPERIAL

    I AT TIMES FEEL THE SAME WAY MY DUDE….CAN’T BELIEVE SOME OF THE SHIT I BE HEARIN’…ITS SO MESSED UP NOW THAT THE MC’S COMING UP NOW BE TRYIN 2 MAKE HOOK DRIVEN SONGS….KRAZY…YOU CAN’T LET THEM WIN…WUT NOW U GONNA BE LISTENING 2 K. COLE OR SOME A.KEYS ALL DAY…GET THE F#@K OUTTA HERE..NAS, KRS, BOOTCAMP,WU ETC..
    STILL CAN KEEP THE HEAD NODDIN’

    http://www.imperialfilmworks.com
    http://www.myspace.com/imperialfilmworks

  • john cochran

    I dont think you should have your midlife crisis over the internets. Not a good look bro.

  • b-ease

    I remember this feeling many years ago when this little Philipino chick that I was crushing on sent word through one of my friends that she didn’t like me that way. Heartbreak doesn’t even go deep enough.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    Man, there is a thin line between self-deprecation and self-pity, and I think you know which side of said line you are on.

  • Worley

    I’ve been having the same dilemma. Too many times the DJ throws on some trash and the crowd goes wild. NaS and Ghost are about all a n*gga got left.

  • EReal

    LMFAO.

    Well we are talking about someone who still reads and discusses comic books and collects fruity colored sneakers n rocks the rugbys like its still 1995, BAHAHAHAHA.

    True Shit.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ruffhuffproductions Ruff Huff

    anyone who thinks like this is a whiny pussy… and they need to quit bitchin about shit on a hip hop site… you guys need to make your own site like… i dunno… “golden-girls.com” where all you people can bitch and cry like middle-aged women about rap music new rap music or anything like that can talk and remember the good ol days while the rest of use move on with our lives

  • http://www.myspace.com/the_trap_boy El Negro

    saigon oriz nas are goin to keep hip hop but dont 4git bout immortal technique

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  • Hallik

    We were spoiled (all of us who grew up in the Golden Age of Hip-Hop)when Pac and Big were still around. I somehow think that their influence made other artist better, making the whole scene be as it was GOLD!! I mean take a look now, most people cant spit a hot 16 without quoting the greats.

    I guess im an Ol’ head!!

  • http://hiphoponymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    DIED FOR 30 YEARS? NAH BRO. DO NOT LET THESE YOUNG FUCKS GET U DOWN. RAP IS FOR EVERYONE. SAIGON AND JOELL WITH BE DOING THEIR THING. NAS WITH COME OUT WITH NIGGER AND IT WILL BE FIRE. STOP DIS RAP DOES NOT LOVE ME BULLSHIT. TO BE HONESTLY, RAP SAVED MY LIFE. ITS ALWAYS HAVE LOVE FOR ME. KEEP GOING UNTIL U KICK THE BUCKLET, BRO. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR YOU TO BE MAKING UR BUCKET LIST.

    P.S. FUCK SOULJA BOY AND ALL OF DEM BITCHASS “RAPPERS.” YEA U 2 MIMS.

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    DIED FOR 30 YEARS? NAH BRO. DO NOT LET THESE YOUNG FUCKS GET U DOWN. RAP IS FOR EVERYONE. SAIGON AND JOELL WITH BE DOING THEIR THING. NAS WITH COME OUT WITH NIGGER AND IT WILL BE FIRE. STOP DIS RAP DOES NOT LOVE ME BULLSHIT. TO BE HONEST, RAP SAVED MY LIFE. ITS ALWAYS HAVE LOVE FOR ME. KEEP GOING UNTIL U KICK THE BUCKLET, BRO. NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR YOU TO BE MAKING UR BUCKET LIST.

    P.S. FUCK SOULJA BOY AND ALL OF DEM BITCHASS “RAPPERS.” YEA U 2 MIMS.

  • http://www.onthewritersblock.com/ Stakes is High AKA Professor P

    I read the book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop where I quote

    “The B-Boys disappeared and, Charlie Ahearn says, “Nobody was dancing. Period! Rap became the focal point. MCs were onstage an people were looking at them”. DJs were no longer at the center of the music. The new indie rap industry-with its fear of music publishers-had no place for them, other than to advise the house-bands on how to emulate the spirit of their turntable routines. “This is 1980″, Ahearn says. “In other words, HIP-HOP IS DEAD BY 1980. It’s true”

    Sad thing is I’m sure the same problem we’ve all seen, people were seeing all through out the 80s and 90s, but the music was reputable back then. Since it doesn’t seem to be the case anymore, the moans and groans are as loud as they’ve ever been. Good post though.

    http://www.onthewritersblock.blogspot.com/
    http://www.onthewritersblock.com/

  • BIG O

    im only 21 and i dont think you can ever be to old for rap.just a certain type of rap.no one wants to see a 30-40 year old doing the soldier boy.i think rap should have music for the people who were the original hip hop heads.thats what the jayz kingdom come album was aiming for.as you get older you should mature and obviously your music should mature with you.so stop listening to “gangster rap”and listen to rakim,krs one,marly marl.and if you want the new shit check out nas.little brother,lupe fiasco,or kidz in the hall.i dont see why there should be a age limit on rap when rolling stone and aerosmith old asses sell out stadiums every year

  • Timbo

    Serious recommendation: pick up that Blue Scholars CD from last year, ‘Bayani’. Social commentary, dope flows, clever rhymes and soulful production. It’s got it all.

  • Smoove

    Hip Hop ain’t dead…it’s just that she had a little plastic surgery, and the old heads don’t like the sight of her face anymore. i’m just as aware as everyone else that today’s game is flooded with what we like to call “bullshit”, but there is substance, you just gotta search for it because it’s not as prevelent.

    but that’s what’s so beautiful about Hip Hop…like everything else tangible in this world, it changes. but while it’s face may change, it still has the intangible qualities that really matter, like love. the pioneers, the Golden Age material, the artists that we hold as GOATs, they’ve all left their mark on us with their music that we deem as CLASSIC. and when you hear CLASSIC, you also have to acknowledge TIMELESSNESS. so regardless of how old you are, you put your favorite joint on and go back in time to that point, and you just enjoy it for what it is…beautiful art.

    and keep in mind…HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. i just hope that I’m around when Hip Hop history decides to do so.

  • P-Matik

    Blu & Exile – “Below The Heavens”

  • Fire

    There’s still good rap music being made, the problem is that the mainstream element of it is completely dead. People tend to confuse that with hip hop as a whole, and they are sorely mistaken. Being a fan of all forms and styles of rap music (minus that ignorant Soulja Boy type shit) I can honestly say that they each have something to offer in many different ways. People seem to have forgotten that life takes balance between the intelligent and unrefined. People just need to shut up and make good music.

  • http://www.akirathedon.com AK D
  • master cheef

    the levels of stupidity you manage to acquire never cease to amaze me. i don’t disagree that you are old as balls, but saying hip hop died in 1970 is just retarted. So, i guess all the people you masturbate to like sean price and nas are not hip hop. Kool g rap and rakim are not hip hop. snoop and biggie are not hip hop. you’re an idiot.

    You gotta move with the times, playa.
    ROLL WITH IT OR GET ROLLED OVER.

  • Y. Fame

    Listen to Mighty Infamous. He’s new and I’ve seen him on a couple pages and he’s even been on here. http://Www.myspace.com/theinfamousmighty

  • http://www.myspace.com/blaksocietymusicgroup Justice

    Hip Hop been dead, we just have not had the funeral yet.

  • The Nicker

    Soulja Boy is just following in the footsteps of other great intellectual lyricists like NaS that dropped out of high school. (roffle)

  • Combat Jack

    ^ “you guys need to make your own site like… i dunno… “golden-girls.com” where all you people can bitch and cry like middle-aged women about rap music new rap music or anything like that can talk and remember the good ol days while the rest of use move on with our lives”

    Funny shit.

    I feel you BXS, an old head like me can’t bump the dumb shit either, slows down my mental vibrations. I realize that b/c I got more responsibilities, I can’t go back, just forward moving. BUT, when I bump, I’ve found the following to satiate my hop hop hunger:

    Common
    Kanye
    Fitty
    Clipse
    Dead Prez
    Devin
    Ghostface
    Juggaknots
    Jay-Z
    Nas
    Lupe
    Pharoah Monch
    Sean Price
    T.I.
    UGK

    If that shit don’t work, just throw in “Criminal Minded” like I did in the gym last nite, or “In God We Trust”, “Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop”, “Step In The Arena” and relish in the fact that you lived life fully as part of the foundation of this shit, during the golden age brah. Don’t chase the kiddies, make them lil bitches come to you!

  • Tito Santana

    Da Backwudz(U gonna luv me)and (I dont like the look of it) are now Labratz. They’ve departed Dallas Austin’s label Rowdy Records to start there own(Royal Family Music) along with producer Sol Messiah(chamillionaire sound of revenge),(David Banner),(Goodie Mobb),(Dead Prez),(Nappy Roots).. Check da new video called (Creation) on YOUTUBE or myspace.com/thebackwudzmusic..Also they just released an album Independenly Via the internet called (Atlantis Rising) available on Amazon.com, Itunes.com, rhapsody.com, ect..
    To all up and coming artist much success and dont be afraid to put that extra grind in and go Independent!! It’s a new era… Everything resides on the Internet even Hiphop! Dont sleep on The Move ment!!Wake up

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    oh bullshit. rap is alive and kicking. 2007 churned out several classic records (below the heavens, i’ll sleep when you’re dead, and don’t give up) as well as many stellar albums. as fans, we have nothing to complain about: there are still artists making the boom-bap, the esoteric, the dance shit, and the club bangers; the feeling that something is passing you by has nothing to do with the music’s pace, but rather if you feel capable of keeping up.

  • SUN

    LOL @ THE SONG U POSTED! that shit is crack

  • LOL

    U KNOW BILLY IS A FUCKIN CORNBALL CAUSE HES CRUSHIN ON WATCH ASS FILIPINO CHICKS

  • Daruffian

    dope post fam. good looks on the cab ride last night. next one’s on me!

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piffcaso

    BXS,

    you already know what it iz…….

    but nah i just listen to shit that don’t make it to radio, its tons of great artists around, they just not really visible and their music is avail for free with an option to buy often times……

    the game overall is stale though, labels scared to take risks with new artists, and it makes no sense, especially when established artists can hardly sell, why not try and break new talent that may end up more beneficial to both the genre and whoever invested in the artist….. I can tell you this, if you don’t take the chance, you damn sure won’t know if you got a hit or miss to begin with……and if you do and it fails, i’m sure it will just be credited as anotha write-off like probably 90% of da roster in general…

    and besides, with the exception of a minor few, niggaz makin the same songs with different beats and hooks….and they doin it intentionally, lmaooo!

  • yourFATazzMAMA

    Also don’t forget these songs here too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF2C051CuBY&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG405y51cVk

    These should refresh your memory too

  • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc LowEndofDaChi

    Cosign that Black Ice dude as well as Combat Jack.

    There are plenty of artists out there putting out quality music:

    Blue and Exhile
    Little Brother
    The Strange Fruit Project
    Black Milk
    Skyzoo
    Jay Electronica
    Bishop Lamont
    Sean Price
    Joell Ortiz
    Termanology
    Al Be Back (just heard dude the other day, he’s bananas though)

    Dope drop though, I can dig the perspective.

  • these posts are racist

    I feel you. I’m 28 but I still feel like I have a place Hip Hop. And as long as people like Lupe Fiasco keep coming out with good music that makes you think and rewind lyrics, I will continue to love Hip Hop.

    Even my Tupac albums are not easy for me to listen to anymore. The anger and nhilistic nature of his music doesn’t fit well with my adult lifestyle. RIP to Tupac, but I hope I don’t say and really mean “RIP to Hip Hop” in the near future.

  • http://ifux.alumnah.com/ i Fux aka Etheraldinho aka Farouq Obama

    “I can sell a mill saying nothing on the track”.
    ^^

    Worst Lyric I have ever heard in my life. *daps BS* yo I remember you talking about the Clash or something and I heard this song “Police and Thieves” and I couldnt believe how hard it went. Then I did a little digging and found out it was a cover and the original was done by a Reggea Artist. Anyways because of you I did the digging, no stan. Ohh and the Filipina girl tip, check I did a review of Weezy’s show in diego and a Filipina girl had me, yes the Roots………..Big Up!

  • Me

    Billy, just for your personal growth and information, natives of the Philipines are “Filipino” not “Philipino” as you spelled it. Just a brotha helpn a brotha. Nothing personal.

  • Me Myself and I

    Billy. Filipino. Not Philipino.

  • NoMamesBuey

    Co-sign the homie thoreally77.

    Also co-sign the cats bigging up albums like Blue Scholars & Blu & Exile.

    There is plenty of good new albums, but they are underground.

    In fact, I would submit that the 2006-7 might actually be a GOLDEN AGE in terms of the QUANTITY of GOOD RAP albums being dropped.

    Thankfully, we have the “4 horsmen of the internets rap reviews” that stay up on the new good ish.

    Ironically, each of these 4 dudes, as an INDIVIDUAL’S FREE TIME HOBBY, PWNS “professional hip-hop organizations” like XXL or hiphopsite.com, when it comes to reviews:

    Diction http://rateyourmusic.com/list/diction/2007_hip_hop_best_to_worst

    Dart Adams
    http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/2007/12/dart-adams-presents-top-50-hip-hop.html

    Travis/WYDU
    http://wakeyourdaughterup.blogspot.com/2008/01/year-end-list-to-end-all-year-end-lists.html

    Eric/WTR
    http://whentheyreminisce.wordpress.com/

  • NoMamesBuey

    My personal 2007 list of rap artists who dropped very good albums in 2007

    All u “hip hop is dead” criers, randomly pick 3 artists from my alphabetic list below, listen to it, & see if you’re still crying after that. Instead of crying, you could spend your time more productively by listening to this new good shyt:

    1 Blu & Exile “Below The Heavens
    2 Blue Scholars “Bayani”
    3 Common “Finding Forever”
    4 Cunninlynguists “Dirty Acres”
    5 El-P “I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead”
    6 Funky DL “The 4th Quarter”
    7 Hell Razah “Razah’s Ladder” & “Renaissance Child”
    8 Kanye West “Graduation”
    9 Little Brother “And Justus For All” & “Getback”
    10 Panacea “The Scenic Route” & “RPM Pyramids In Moscow”
    11 Talib Kweli “Eardrum” & “Liberation”
    12 UGK “Underground Kingz”
    13 Y Society “Travel At Your Own Pace”

  • NoMamesBuey

    Thankfully, we have the “4 horsmen of the internets rap reviews” that stay up on the new good ish.

    Ironically, each of these 4 dudes, as an INDIVIDUAL’S FREE TIME HOBBY, PWNS “professional hip-hop organizations” like XXL or hiphopsite.com, when it comes to reviews:

    Diction http://rateyourmusic.com/list/diction/2007_hip_hop_best_to_worst
    Dart Adams
    http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/2007/12/dart-adams-presents-top-50-hip-hop.html
    Travis/WYDU
    http://wakeyourdaughterup.blogspot.com/2008/01/year-end-list-to-end-all-year-end-lists.html
    Eric/WTR
    http://whentheyreminisce.wordpress.com/

  • akaTheRealist

    ,i>The future of rap music was going to be Joell Ortiz and Saigon with NaS leading the way through the darkness.
    -My thoughts exactly

  • http://myspace.com/DJMydas DJ Mydas

    LA/MS public schools ain’t no joke. Somebody needs to do something about it. Too bad no politicians care.

  • jg420

    Man you cant forget about the new Scarface album. Hes been around for a minute and is still putting out good cds

  • adruu

    It takes more courage for hiphop writers in the industry to admit this than 99% of these comment writers do…there is a lot of stuff going down right now though. pray for peace.”Accountability time is approaching, and it won’t be a pleasant affair for any of us” -Scott Horton @ Harpers…

  • Tarzan

    Wish more people would just make good music already.

  • master cheef

    couldn’t think of anything to write for a whole week, and just decided to do another hip is dead post? hmmm, how… um…. original.

    i stay bumping: ice cube, 8ball n MJG, young dro, T.I., g-unit, the roots, busta rhymes, redman, keith murray, jay, nas, luda, talib kwali, obie trice, az, crooked i, and others i cant think of right now, anybody that didnt listen to yound dro’s best thang smokin is missing out, that shit was fire, cant judge it by the singles

    • master cheef

      also add outkast, royce da 59, and gangstarr

  • Maddolies

    Ohh Billy Gay decides 2 write anutha half ass Wannabe Byron Crawford blog..
    Retire nigga U dnt knw Shit!

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    The question is, what’s next?

    Maybe we just really need a dope female MC. Or maybe all the coke rappers need to be put on Kock Koch.

    Maybe it’s time for some intellectual thought meshed with ignorant beats. I want that old thing back.

    Maybe it’s just the writers’ time to shine. If the culture is up for a eulogy, we need to tell it like it is.

    Good drop Sunday. Preshate the pep talk.

  • moresickaMC

    I noticed that hip hop was dying when I wasnt even out of my teens(late 90s)…so no, it has nothing to do with your age. Hip-Hop has fallen off, now u have to dig deep in the grave to pull out good stuff.

  • Dan99

    I hope you reconsider your thoughts after you listen to:

    Blu and Exile-Below The Heavens

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    I remember this feeling many years ago when this little Philipino chick that I was crushing on sent word through one of my friends that she didn’t like me that way. Heartbreak doesn’t even go deep enough.
    ^^^
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    sound like some real trick shit to me cuz,u was simpin for hoes and then tell niggas bout it?? woooow.also how old was rakim,bdk,krs-1 all them niggas was old(70′s/80′s/90′s MC’S) .shiiitt i feel like smackin a lil nigga right now

  • hpaul

    Damn i miss the creativity in hip hop. Rappers have a platform to write, produce and direct what takes Hollywood millions of dollars to create into 3 to 5 minutes of every 12 to 17 tracks of an album. Notorious b.i.g. – i gotta story to tell. Tupac Shakur – me and my girlfriend. Scarface – mary jane. Mobb deep – quiet storm. For those of you that still don’t get it, the current sh*t on the radio and being sold is hurting the genre, eating itself from the inside out.

  • latino heat

    NO! i refuse to believe it. theres gotta be something we can do to save it. russell simmons, jay-z, dr.dre, eminem, kanye. stand the fuck up and help! i know it’s been a rough few years but if the very rich and powerful people i mentioned pull there influence and money together there can be a whole new movement for the real hip hop heads. the major label’s aren’t gonna do shit cause there fine with the one and done system (hurricane chris, soulja boy, mike jones the list goes on and on over the last few years) they’ve created. it’s time for all the people that owe there huge fourtunes to repay the art form that is responsable for the lavish life style they now have.

    • http://www.onthewritersblock.blogspot.com/ Stakes is High AKA Professor P

      Well in essence, the same people who you’re asking to come back and save hip-hop are the same people who helped make it what it was and “kill” the music. It’s one of those things where I’m sure at the time they didn’t think they’d contribute in putting hip-hop where it is now, but intentions are irrelevant; it’s what you do that stands out more. I’m pretty sure this same argument that everyone’s having now is the same one from 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago.

      The reality just goes back to what Chuck D once said; just make good music. If artists can do that, than music will become better. That goes for all of the urban forms of music.

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