All For You?

Before I begin.

WEEZY WEEZY WEEZY WEEZY. 50. WEEZY. WEEZY. WEEZY. WEEZY.

Ok. Now we can begin.

I, just like you, probably suffered through listening to the worst 12 or so minutes of music in recent memory yesterday.

During my late-morning routine of checking emails and blogs, I stumbled across Blood Raw’s new video “Louie Bag.” After that I saw link for the new Lil’ Wayne & T-Pain song (it got emailed to me on Sunday but I was out with the fam showing Moms a good time). Then I see a link for Gorilla Zoe’s newest song.

GOT DAMN GOT DAMN GOT DAMN GOT DAMN!

I’m glad I peeped each of those joints at different parts of the day. Because if I would have started my day off listening to all three of those tracks you probably would have seen me on the news.

The fuck are niggas doing dawg? And when I say niggas, I ain’t just talking about these three in particular, I’m talking about niggas in general.

First, we got dudes rapping about accessories. Now, rapping about accessories ain’t really nothing new. Cats been talking about rocking Kangols, Adidas, etc for years. I guess the Bling-Bling era can be considered Accessory Rap too. Some songs were pretty dope and even clever, but that shit got worn out after while.

But even though niggas was rapping about clothes and jewelry, I never thought I’d see the day that niggas was rapping about Murses. Yeah, its an obvious “Duffle Bag Boy” knock off. But, got damn, “Duffle” just sounded better. And even though Tity Boi was bragging about living in the Gucci store, niggas that only carried around Jansports could still relate. But, maybe I’m tripping. I know and know of some cool ass niggas (i guess) that carry their work in a Louie napsack, but guess what else though? All of them are rappers or have some phantom job in the music industry. You know, them “I’m busy makin’ it happen” ass niggas.

Which brings me to my point. Am I the only one that feels like rappers are rapping for other rappers?

When I hear shit like “Louie Bag” I don’t feel like dude is talking to me, or any real listener for that matter. I’ll go on record and say that I don’t possess the “swag” or cash to go shopping at the same places that Magic City stippers rappers go to cop their Louie and Gucci. Odds are, most mutha fuckas that listen to Blood Raw (besides his D-boy fanbase) can’t afford that shit either.

So who is the song for? Is it for the strippers waiting behind him in line at the register at the Louie store? Is it for other rappers, like his boss, who can actually buy that type of shit without worrying about gas and milk later that week? It sure as hell ain’t for the fans. But what do I know? Somebody must like the song, or else they would not have spent money making a video for it.

Now, onto the vocoder abuse.

I’m not gonna sit here and go on about what I’ll do the next time I hear someone rapping on autotune. I don’t plan on being around to hear it. I plan on unplugging from the Hip Hop Matrix for while to maintain my sanity and get my peace of mind back.

But, while I’m still in it, I’ll say this. I hear alot of folks saying that the influx of rap songs with the vocoder sounds is a testament to the lack of creativity. Some will even say its proof that rappers are no longer leaders, but followers just like their fickle fans. I just think its that niggas are pre-occupied with other rappers. Its almost as if they have a misguided spirit of competition or something.

When I interview some of these artists, I notice a couple constants in the studio. Weed, alcohol and BET….and nigga, that is deeeeaaaaadly combination.

Seven times out of ten, when I walk into a studio to interview someone or preview some music, BET is playing on the television. The other three times cats might be watching the news, whatever game is on or there is no television on period. Ten times out ten, its the three cats not watching BET that make the best shit and they know who they are.

Sometimes I just sit back and watch as these professional rappers ogre at BET, hoping to get inspired by something. What they’re looking for? I have no fucking clue. But whatever it is, they find it and go in the booth and display it. And almost everytime they make music as if their telling their peers “I SHOW YOU HOW TO DO THIS SON!”

Its like they go in there and say, “Ima show these niggas how to use autotune. Ima show these niggas how to rap about swag. Ima show these niggas how to…”

I hardly ever see them recording as if they’re saying “The people need to hear this. People seem to like this, so Ima give them what they want (and need), but in my own special way. Ima give people an option.”

I swear, these niggas are out making songs for other rappers to hear. It aint for the fans. Maybe thats why people aren’t buying records no more, because the shit aint being made with them in mind. Am I the only one that feels this way? What do you think?

Oh yeah, I almost for got. WEEZY WEEZY WEEZY WEEZY WEEZY WEEZY. 50. WEEZY WEEZY WEEZY.

  • Kufi Smacker

    I definitely have to agree with you. Hip Hop nowadays lacks substance. It’s all good and well taking about the good ol’ days of Hip Hop but we have to deal with what’s in front of us now. There’s always going to be the commercial artist who generally spew ish to appeal to the masses in any genre, but NORMALLY they are the minority. This however is not the case with Hip Hop which has now come level par with Pop music in terms of short lived fads which bring in fans and ultimately the BIG BUCKS.

  • Kufi Smacker

    These rappers nowadays think they’re fucking super heroes straight HE-MAN Masters of the Universe. Names with no relevance (Soldier Boy). Attire that of closet homos (copying each other to see who can be the loudest, bitches). I’M HARDER THAN YOU! THE HARDEST OUT! (translation my dick is bigger than yours, wanna see?). I got a big car that can turn into a spaceship! The Thunder-tank ain’t got shit on me nigga! (I got a little dick, wanna see?) Obsessed with jewelry and clothes (Young Jeezy, Ho). If Jeezy came out of the closet I guarantee his albums would sound exactly the same. He’d just replace the bitches in videos with dudes.

  • Kufi Smacker

    These rappers nowadays think they’re f*cking super heroes straight HE-MAN Masters of the Universe. Names with no relevance (Soldier Boy). Attire that of closet homos (copying each other to see who can be the loudest, bit*hes). I’M HARDER THAN YOU! THE HARDEST OUT! (translation my dick is bigger than yours, wanna see?). I got a big car that can turn into a spaceship! The Thunder-tank ain’t got shit on me nigg@! (I got a little dick, wanna see?) Obsessed with jewelry and clothes (Young Jeezy, Ho). If Jeezy came out of the closet I guarantee his albums would sound exactly the same. He’d just replace the bit*hes in videos with dudes.

  • http://www.writersblockmedia.net R.E.

    Cosign this entire post.

  • Big Rizz

    I personally think we should drop everyone’s favorite rapper in Iraq and get these nigs some motivation, its becoming a fucking shame the shit that is allowed to have videos or airplay. I saw my 4 year old son watching “get silly” or whatever the fuck soulja boys homie’s video is, and he couldnt stand that shit. We need to make time machines and force niggas from the 90′s to come see the shit storm they are leaving for us to deal with. Go prevent Pac and Big from getting killed (they gotta be ROOOLLING the fuck over in their graves)

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    Lil Wanker would be the equivalent to M.C. Hammer in 90′s if this was STILL the 90′s and this was Hip-Hop, tha nigga is rapping for them niggas who dropped outta school in the 6th Grade to Sale Drugs and make Minimum Wage. Pause. Think about it. Anyways a great host of rappers rap for other retarded rappers to be like “Yeah nigga that dude is Trill!” I much rather listen to Lupe kill the whole fucking Rap Game than a Lil Wanker snort Coke, sip Syrup and same some retarded shit over some Dope Beats. Pause. Think about it. O.N.E.

  • EReal

    Co-Sign, but on the mainstream tip.

    Everyone constantly bitches about the state of hiphop, but if you dig just below the surface theres plenty of good music.

    Rock the Bells Tour anyone??

    Termanology, Crooked I, Bishop Lamont, uderground acts like Soul Assasins, Swollen Members, Strong Arm, Solyliquists of Sound, ect.

    People just love “the good old days” when real dope hiphop was popular, and not just plain hippop like now. It’ll come back around, it just goes in cycles.

  • http://www.rockthedub.com khal

    the underground aint end-all-to-be-all, though. most of them niggas is rappin… about rappin. i love them niggas, but it gets mad old sometimes.

    the whole game needs an overhaul. i’ll be over here bumping some portishead b-sides

  • Furious

    On point… I seen Weezy’s video for that Lollipop trash on youtube with over 6 mil views… something’s up.

  • Detroit P

    @Ereal

    Why does “good music” always equal some boring “lyricist”..I’ll listen to Jay Electronica..cus he is a lyricist that does things that are creative and his personality comes thru on the track….thats why peope like rappers with eh..”swag” because their personalities shine thru on the track..good music to me would be a combination of good lyrics and swa..er..um..personality

  • $ykotic

    All of ya’ll posting are correct. Change is needed.
    Here’s my idea:

    Hip hop is probably the only industry right now that can do this-create a 30-40 yr old forum. Radio stations committed to playing ONLY this type of rap music. Interviewing these artists. Creating tour venues or local shows. This will allow those artists to generate a buzz. The parents now become involved within the music. MORE CD SALES(LOOK BIG COMPANIES!!) Now an older artist has a top 10 hit. The quality in the younger music would change. A hit is a hit. AND BELIEVE THAT IT WOULD NOT SEPARATE HIP HOP. If you think that radio stations only play top 10, then 5 older artists are in the top 10, what do you think everyone is going to listen too?

    HERE’S THE JEWEL:

    The rap industry has gangsta/pop/snap/crunk/hyphy/bakpak/etc. music. Why not 30/40? I would call it RAP CONTEMPORARY. Old school makes it sound irrelevant to present time. Radios could sell it much easier.
    Led Zepplin aren’t called Old rock. They have plenty young fans. And are still relevant on rock radio everyday even with the younger bands.
    Hip hop has and advantage. The parents ARE hip hop. The 70s/80s parents were Motown. Before Motown? Blues. Trust me people, IT WOULD WORK.
    Now let me sit back and watch someone snatch my idea.
    If any of you industry/radio dudes are behind this or anyone wanna comment(no hatred, serious ideas) let’s vibe @ sinceremajesty@sykoticwest.com

    WE NEED THIS….

  • mtsu

    I agree with 99% because I feel like these rappers are making music for other rappers and the other 1% is for the fans who are living in a fantasy world pretending their northface bag is a Louie bag…….

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dra$t-iQ Alkoholik

    damn you niggas is dick rydaz get the nigga’s dick out your mouths already sick and tired of the Weezy articles,first it was 50 now this nigga,yo although you talking sense it’s kinda depressing when you have Weezy like mentioned 4 the millionth time on your blog.

    • woogieoogie

      dude- ever heard of sarcasm??

  • Mr. Hip Hop

    Awesome post

    It is sad to see that the successful mainstream rappers are ONLY relating to themselves I.E>(WEEZY^1,000,000 in 1 week :P ridiculous) and cannot stress enough your point regarding the lyricism used by todays mainstream rappers.

    Basically, Mr. HIP HOP can’t relate to F*CK all and just ain’t enjoying rap music presently involved in our society (I must say ‘Beats’ are evolving to some degree and should be given props)…. Hollah at LUPE for giving my Mrs. a chance of living one more time! :D

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