One of my earliest posts here at the temple of doom was on the needy factor that’s prevalent within the hip hop culture, how its denizens – in their never-ending quest to keep it real – will decry anything with a modicum of success as simply selling out without legitimate evidence or providing any real solutions to any problems that arose from said success.
We’ve all done our fair share of bitching and moaning (hell, I bitched yesterday about so-called “Dilla” fans for really no reason), so we can’t be entirely too verklempt at this trend. But rather than offer no logical answers, we’ll continue to bitch and moan. Maybe there’s some scientific relevance between hip hop and laziness, but I’m too shiftless to bother finding that out.
One of the largest complaints is that today’s terrestrial audio systems are severely lacking in airing quality product. In an era where more people have iPods than boomboxes however, I feel that there’s no point in trying to force a change in a system so diluted that said change would offer little in the way of musical progression when there are many alternatives. However, if I were to wield such power, I’d throw a few songs into the bland mix of monotonous reggaeton and Universal City Nissan ads for some flavor:
*Note: I don’t know if any of these songs get radio play anywhere else in the country; I’m just going off what I get from New York’s hip hop radio stations.*
Johnny Polygon’s “The Riot Song:” KiD CuDi’s brand of stoner, alternative emo-hop has proven that it is also commercially viable, so it’d only make sense to hear the genre-bending sounds of fellow compatriot Johnny Polygon, who quietly dropped one of the more stellar (and free) releases this year.
Curren$y and Stalley’s “Address:” I also stated in a previous post that Curren$y has been on a steady roll of consistently dropping hot music over the past few years. with Pilot Talk set to drop next week, one wonders why songs like this isn’t being played on air to give him a push no freeloading Internets fans (like myself) can provide.
Theophilus London’s “Enjoy The Sun:” If you’re not living in New York, then you’re probably unaware of this “downtown” scene that’s taken shape for a while now. Not really “rap” music per se, Theophilus is a combination of hip hop, electro and whatever sound you can fathom coming from the depths of your mind, mashed into some eclectically awesome shit.
Miguel & J. Cole’s “All I Want Is You:” J. Cole is already started to get his push, so while this song will only assist in those matters it could prove to be a very major look for this Los Angeles-reared singer. But then again he’s not shrewdly crooning about conceiving boinking positions in this song, and we know how blasphemous not talking about sex so explicitly is looked down upon by Clear Channel.