Do Kids Today Respect “Old School” Hip-Hop? My Classic/Your Relic

Waddup, y’all,

It’s Skyzoo checking in on what’s the first of an on-going blog series I’ll be doing with XXLMag.com. My man Anslem Samuel reached out and asked if I’d pen a weekly blog, and I was definitely with it.

If you’re familiar with the guest blogging I did in summer ’09, you know my blogs aren’t the typical “rapper” entries. As opposed to just writing about what I did for the day, etc., I try to go a little further and go into specific topics, stir up conversations via the comment section, etc. If you need to, CLICK HERE,
HERE or HERE to peep the older blogs I did on XXL. [Don’t mind the MC Lyte banner up top, those are my words. Ha!] So, without any further ado, here’s my first entry.

As some of you may know, my new project Live From The Tape Deck drops today, Tuesday, October 5. It’ll be everywhere you need it to be, Best Buy, iTunes, etc., as well as available for online orders via duckdown.com, amazon.com, fatbeats.com, ughh.com, and more. The project is a collabo album between myself and !llmind. The album, a fusion of yesterday and tomorrow, was just awarded an overall “XL” rating in the October 2010 issue with Kanye on the cover, along with an “XXL” rating in the lyrics column. As an MC, it’s good to know that a powerhouse like XXL understands and shows light where deserved.

Good looks.

With the album, !llmind and I wanted to make something that felt like a cassette tape, without being dated and a throwback. With the title, Live From the Tape Deck, we wanted to make music that was as dope as hip-hop was when cassettes existed, but with a modern approach.

To everyone intending on purchasing the album, it is NOT an old school, looped up, boom bap album. Nor is it a snap, autotune album. No disrespect to any of the above, because I have a good mixture of all of those sub-genres in my iPod, but this album isn’t that. The album is 2010 progressive hip-hop.

Sonically, !llmind only used samples on two of the 12 records, so even on the records where it sounds like it could be a sample, it’s all original and created from scratch by !llmind.

Lyrically, I’m still doing everything you’ve come to know and love about me as far as pens go, just intensified. My goal as an MC is to always go above and beyond any of my previous work.

So with all of that being said, I’ve still been asked numerous times if the album is in fact a throwback to the boom bap days. The title seems to confuse and lead people to believe so. Those conversations with fans, writers, etc., have led to me taking the following stance: As we continue to see music grow, we hold on to what once was. But at the same time, we can’t expect those younger than us to go back and appreciate or even attempt to tune in to what we covet.

I grew up on Jay-Z, B.I.G., Nas, Rakim, EPMD, Tribe, Chi Ali (Wikipedia me if you need that one explained), Big L, The Wu, Mobb Deep, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Black Star, Scarface, etc, so for me, it’s easy to go back and always appreciate those artists and their classics. In the same breath, we can’t expect the kids nowadays to feel the same way about those artists. When I was 13, I wasn’t tryna go back and listen to rap from the late ’70s/early ’80s, I was strictly about what I was about, which was what was dope at the moment. I respected what the older artists did, and as I grew up I went back and learned to appreciate and love the birth years of hip-hop, but I can’t lie and say I wanted to go back and listen to the ’79-83 days.

Knowing all of that, I’d never expect the kids nowadays to be die-hard boom bap fans, or go back and wanna get into that period. It’d be great if they did, but are they necessarily wrong for not wanting to? I have two younger brothers, one of which is 21. As a kid, I had him listening to everything I listened to, so he’s into The Purple Tape, Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt, The Infamous, etc., but doesn’t remember what it was like when they impacted. He just knows what his brother introduced him to. He definitely digs it, but he’s more so into what directly impacted HIM. So what The Wu did for me is what Dipset did for him. And you can’t be mad at that.

That’s where Live From the Tape Deck comes in. When creating this project, I often said to myself, “the kids nowadays aren’t even old enough to remember when B.I.G. and ’Pac died. They’re 16 and 17 now, which means they were two and three when they passed. How can you honestly fault them for not knowing or not going back?” So knowing all of that, where’s their Liquid Swords, their Soul Brother No. 1, their It’s Dark and Hell is Hot? Hopefully, Live From the Tape Deck is that “impact” moment for them.

In conclusion, the idea of music for 2010 and beyond, built around the aesthetic of a cassette tape, all makes sense when you take heed to the above. At least it does to !llmind and I. So, do remember, Live From the Tape Deck in stores today! If you have siblings or teenage kids, get ‘em a copy and make it their version of your favorite album when you were their age.

Until next week…

@therealskyzoo

  • QuinTessential

    Theres a ton of promotion in this blog….smooth. But I can’t knock the hustle. I agree with what you saying about kids being too young to appreciate the classics, I just wish you didn’t DJ drop all over the content

  • QuinTessential

    Oh, first???

  • mush

    Dope, very well written. the era of that essence is what you and illmind capture with that album. The sound of the 90′s is supposed to stay in that era, but the essence is what we’re supposed to pass on from generation to generation, and that’s what this album does. Its the evolution of that sound, something the new generation can covet, amazing work….

  • The 90′s

    I grew up on NWA, Geto Boys, Slick Rick, Run DMC, Dana Dane, Roxanne Shante’, UTFO,Megatronix, KRS -1, MC Shy D, 3 Times Dope,Juice Crew, The Skinny Boys, The Fat Boys…but I think the Hip Hop heads today don’t know most of those cats…The history of hip hop needs to be broadcasted.

    • 80′s B-Boy

      I second that. But we also need to let these kids grow up on these artists like our parents did with marvin gaye, curtis mayfield, isley brothers & so on. I feel our generation failed @ teachin’ & passin’ down Hip Hop. We need to correct that. One!

  • swype-matic

    Of course kids today don’t respect the old school, and not even the “original old school” like LL, Rakim, or Chuck D, I mean modern old school like Nas, Scarface, and Biggie. I’m 23, but sometimes I feel like I was born in the mid 70′s, cause I really just don’t relate to the amount of bullshit thats out right now. Wayne? Gucci mane? Waka Flocka? I laugh when I hear somebody say “man they go hard”. But I guess that’s what happens when the average hip hop listener today doesn’t know anything before The Black Album, or better yet even Carter 3.

    • Donte

      I Just hate when people just automactically assume that i Dont know about hiphop history………you can not name one rapper at all in the history of hip hop i haven heard of and thats a fact 4real i mean 4real and i dont mean just one or 2 songs i mean albums in depth what year they came out and everything i listen to everything except opera and country………im been doing so since i was 11 and im 18……..i dont hate at all….i mean listen 2 big nas jay rakim kool moe dee ll cool j redman wu tang kool grap big daddy kane masta ace the whole juice crew run dmc public enemy too short geto boys krsone schoolly d showbiz and ag oc big l mobb deep 2 pac black moon i have the alum when busta ryhemes was in leaders of the school,,,etc and like i said i think im quite familar with everybody in rap game i can name way more and listen more gerne on top of that and i still listen 2 new skoolrap so i know what hip hop is

      • The Fam

        Who was UTFO’s DJ?

        • sb

          mixmaster ice

      • swype-matic

        You’re one of the small fraction of young dudes that do know your shit. But sadly, you’re not speaking as the majority of that group— Waka Flocka and Lil’ B are.

  • Harry

    its heartbreaking to me, I am 16 and whenever I talk to my classmates about music, they talk about flo rida, eminem and wayne and if I ever talk about modern day dopeness (skyzoo, fashawn, black milk) and old classics that I took the time to research (wu-tang, a tribe called, slick rick etc). A friend of mine said yesterday that Biggie has only one good song, which he later stated was a mash-up with a miley cyrus song on it. Needless to say, we don’t talk anymore. Regardless, todays children are just concerned about partying and aren’t concerned about anything deep

    • iLL Vibe

      woww, thats funny man. my friend showed me that same party n bullshit miley cyrus mash up shit.But yeah i dont get it. I’m 16 to and i listen to 90′s stuff all the time. I even started up listenin to some dumb rock stuff i used to like loooong time ago. So i dont understand how you can like lil wayne, then not go crazy for black moon, tribe,..dam near everyone hot in the 90′s. Fuckin D.I.T.C., the wu, Thats just the good shit. And even if you dont wanna go hit up that era of rap, right now we got so many dope artists comin up like the ones you mentioned, so there’s no excuse.I just dont understand it.

  • Sha

    I kinda agree with this blog (minus the obvious self-promotion). And I kinda disagree…..

    I checked a couple of MY favorite artist interviews from a few years back. Tupac and J-Dilla.

    What struck me about Dilla and Tupac is that unlike your modern young artist, these dudes had really really off the path influences. They weren’t typical. I mean these cats were talking about some serious diggin’ in the crates artists that I had to research to understand.

    Then I checked a couple of “modern” artists. Drake and Wacka Flaka (don’t ask why). You know what I found? They also had some diggin’ in the crates influences.

    That being said…..

    I think hip-hop artists nowadays have similar influences. But unfortunately, with the rise of the rapper’s take-home-pay, so rises the bullshit. Rappers with no sense of artistic expression (let alone age to even understand their history) get the largest deals. Corporate America dictates hip-hop. Like it or not. Corporate America wins by creating short-term artists and pimpin them.

    Think about it people. The hip-hop artists who are successful and have longevity are 30 plus. And these are the individuals that truly EAT off of hip-hop. Long-term. But if you’re Corporate, you’re constantly on the search for the EVERLASTING IGNORANT ASSED ARTIST. SHORT TERM.You want a million disposable artists with minimal knowledge. That way, you avoid courts and maximize your revenue.

    Skyzoo has a point about people not listening to what got us amped on hip-hop. But it’s not totally accurate. It’s almost blatantly inaccurate. The younger generation is being pimped by Corporate America because they have the least experience and they are the most easy to influence by flashing money. They don’t think about longevity.

    Good blog. But vastly over-simplified.

  • BeerGangsta

    Kids are Brainwash!! They don’t know what good music is all about!! That Crunk Shit got to be the wackiest Shit ever!! Sometimes Rappers come up with Dry Beats!! Lyrics has a Shit Stan every know and then. Old School Rappers are the best nuff said!!

  • El Tico Loco

    The young cats know music nowadays suck, they can’t even defend their era artists without resorting to a “you hatin”, “he making money” defense, THAT’S ALL THEY CAN SAY! I never heard anyone say “yo, these oldheads can’t spit like this” cuz they know the answer is yes (if they didn’t have standards). Like it was commented earlier, nobody wants the 90′s back (except for the gas prices) they just want the same essence, that means we want so see emcees trying to be the best at rhyming not the best at selling records, best producers, dj’s etc.

    What really went wrong is that a lot of muthafuckas stopped thinking for themselves, they fall the hypnotism shit, they know some shit is wack but if they keep playing it 10 times an hour, they start thinking the shit’s heat. The industry will continue losing numbers if they don’t step up the quality, as they keep trying to dumb down, the demand keeps declining.

    • Maga D

      Well said. Glad there’s still some of that in the modern days though. I think as much or maybe a bit less, but with even more bullshit.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    Good Write.

    I like everything from the promotions to the delivery. Love the art work too.

    I think this is a good way to bridge the gap because the two young buls in the comment section are defintely in the minority. HOnestly, if you read then you’ll appreciate history then youd appreciate research.

    too many kids have other people think for them. Well, if this is the case some of us thinkers need to brainwash themm with some of the oterside of the specturm.

    i can feel this new hip hop movement in the air. artist are taking a stand and speaking out.

  • yoprince

    dudes name a bunch of early 90′s NY rappers and scarface (the token southerner) and think their influences are somehow definitive of hip-hop.

    i’m not talking about skyzoo.

    what i’m saying is, your influences are your influences and others are their own. he named his and that makes sense being where’s he from, but respecting the past doesn’t necessarily mean listening to WU and pete rock.

    ‘random southern rapper’s music may make a lot more sense to you if you consider his influences as early no limit, early cash money, 8ball & MJG, UGK, 2Pac, Kilo Ali, the 69 boyz, Quad City DJ’s, da brat, pre-Dave Chappelle skits Lil Jon, pre-oscar Three 6 Mafia, Ghetto Mafia, Oomp Camp, and Biggie (token northern rapper, ha!)

    when you ask somebody to ‘respect the old school,’ you also need to consider what ‘old school’ entails to them. and for some of us, ‘boom-bap’ just isn’t it.

  • jondough

    real talk well-spoken

  • Anonymous

    i know 14 year-olds that know illmatic word for word better than even me
    All kids don’t have crappy taste in rap
    It’s not a universal fact that young kids hate quality old-school rap music
    ALOT OR THE MAJORITY BUT NOT ALL

  • ra

    THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE AND FORGET THE PAST….THAT OLD SHIT OVER…..

    • Don mcCaine

      ^ can’t even begin to notate how foolish this comment is…

      if that’s the case why learn ABC’s & 123′s? Ain’t that old?

      then go make some brand new out of pocket music…rap is old…

  • dd

    I have a nephew that irks me because of this topic. He is a fan of jeezy and boosie, because they are “real”, but hates on ross because he is fake. Alright, so be it. Then, when I ask him who top 5 all-time is, he’ll give me a list of people like B.I.G., pac, ice cube, nas, etc. But when I ask him to give me 5 ice cube songs, he draws blanks. Where am I going with all of this?

    Music is meant to be subjective: you enjoy it because you enjoy it. My punkass nephew, along with other kids these days, can’t decide what is good music, he has to listen to what others say is hot in the streets. Then, to top it off, they list Rakim, Pac, and B.I.G. because they are obligatory on the list, but they don’t know any Rakim records. The fuck!! If you like Boosies music, cool. If you like him cause he kills people, then you are a dumb motherfucker.

    My conclusion: Fuck the Kids. I still love Mobb Deep, LL, B.I.G., Nas, and Hip-hop doesn’t need dumb ass teenagers to dictate my likes and interests. Remember these stupid motherfuckers thought laffy taffy was the shit. Waka Flocka SHIIIIEETTT. Old head, out this bitch.

    • El Tico Loco

      Why not make your nephew ride around with you while you play your music? On a roadtrip, that’s how most kids into good hip hop, are exposed that way. I can speak for my own seeds.

  • M. Baby!

    Somebody said it best above…your influences are what they are…you were influenced by what era you came up in. Me, I love all kinds of music (except for Country), but my era was 91-97 and after that Hov, DMX, No Limit, Cash Money, T.I., & Jeezy. I think it stops @ Jeezy. I think we’re in a time where kinds didn’t experience the things others experienced growing up. These new rappers can’t rap about coming from the projects, selling drugs, being in jail, tough times, and etc…they try to, but we quickly find out it’s not real…because look at the kids today, most don’t even have respect for their elders. They are getting all the things they want for Christmas and shit, lol. So the new generation of rappers can only rap about having fun and partying. The real reason the shit is the way it is, is because of technology. When they made CD burners available in the homes, that was it. Hip-Hop took a major blow because you could go to Napster and download a full album and not buy it outta the stores. So that meant if u downloaded it and didn’t like it…it was oh well because u didn’t have to pay. Whereas if you spent your hard earned money to purchase a CD you will actually take the time to sit down and listen what an artist was really saying. So artist now try to have the hardest beats, say the funniest, slickest lines because if u download it and u like, then u might go and buy it, vs. if u download it and don’t like it, it’s trash…and that maybe the person that’s really saying some shit. And it also doesn’t help that some of our favorite rappers from back in the day jump on tracks with these wack ass so called rappers (Drake, Waka, Gucci, & etc). So now we can’t say our rappers don’t even fool with these wack rappers because they’re on there remixes. At the end of the day, Hip-Hop has been exposed. It’s like finding out that wrestling was fake and it hurt your heart. N*ggaz found out a key to get in the game and make some money and now everybody is giving it a try. Us real Hip-Hop heads just need to support our favorite MC’s still in the game doing their thing. Go support Raekwon, Hov, Mos Def, Nas, Talib, Kanye, Ice Cube, and whoever is your favorite that’s still making albums. U can’t tell me OBCL2 should’ve sold just as much as Drake’s album, but it didn’t…and we all know who’s album was better. Go support them and make a demand for their music so these A&R’s can see that and give them some more shine. Stop downloading albums and go purchase them. That’s the only way real Hip-Hop will come back. U can’t ask for somebody to come back and drop an album when he probably won’t sell 250,000, but back in the day he would’ve went 3X platinum. There’s no way U2 should still be selling out arenas around the world…that’s because their fans support their music and they’re making music that has meaning to it. We (Blacks) are brainwashed, we think we gotta have the latest clothes, sneakers, cars, and dealing with Hip-Hop, we gotta listen to the lastest rappers. Whoever said you can’t be 40 and still rap, it hasn’t been done yet til now. That’s why Hov needs to continue to do his thing and other real rappers will follow. Go support the real music, cuz these kids support their favorites. I know that was pretty long, but hey…that’s how I felt.

  • bfrmg

    youtube bfrglobal check out the videos

  • flavorblade

    Kids just wanna have fun

  • K. Tondre

    I was born in 1995 (same year Liquid Swords was released), and while most my friends only listen to Wayne, YM, Luda, and alot of the other artists with those major singles right now, I’ve always stuck to the 90′s hip hop era. Artists like you (Skyzoo), Fashawn, Blu, and Jay Rock, those are the people I believe can bring forth a silver era in hip hop ,’cause nothing can touch the golden era of when artists like Nas, Common, Wu-Tang Clan, etc. all came out with their respective albums. Now a days, sadly, lyricism is overlooked for meaningless hooks, party beats, and flash. True emcees shine through though, basically a diamond in the rough.

  • VooDoo

    i was born in 1990, nd grew up listenin 2 Pac, Cube, Busta(Woo hah Busta, not touch it busta) so on nd so forth. As i grew older i started 2 expand 2 A Tribe Called Quest, Leaders Of The New School, N.W.A, Snoop, Big L, Wu Tang, nd such. So i would say 4 a kid my age, in my generation, i have a pretty good selection of music. But i think the problem with my generation nd the older generation, is there is no compromise. The older generation is quick 2 look down onanything that comes ut now as “Crap.” My generation wants nuthin but dance and hype songs, so stuff like Nas “Illmatic”, or The Fugees “Ready or Not” is not played. Neither generation is ready to accepts another’s music.

  • No Name

    I don’t think that the younger generation is exposed to golden era, etc. hip-hop enough to appreciate it, nor do I feel like they hate or disrespect it just because it’s not part of the music and artists they’re more inclined to liking. And it’s not right for us as the more experienced generation of music lovers to shove what we like down their throats. That only further widens the generation gap. To each his or her own. I’m an Wu fan. You’re not? It’s okay. Like what you will. Too bad I’m part of a small slew of my generation that actually feels that way.

  • kcz253z

    Great blog Skyzoo!And great comments!

  • Ace

    I feel everything he was sayin. I’m almost 22. I love Illmatic but I love Stillmatic more cuz I was 5 when Illmatic came out, but I was 13 when Stillmatic came out and remember the impact and loving Ether to death. The Chronic is an undeniable classic. But I was 4 when that dropped, but 2001 dropped when I was 11 and I remember buying it and killing it the whoooole summer of 2000. So I feel what Skyzoo is sayin, and Live From The Tape Deck is dope

  • Anonymous

    Yo Vanessa/Rob/Anslem

    keep Skyzoo on da payroll like Mike Bigga…real talk…da 2nd best convo on this site in months…

    sYk

  • Dub

    Comin from the South (ATL, GA), I just never liked a lot of Nas, Mobb Deep, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys (hate em), etc. Tried to, gave em plenty of listens, never could fuck with em. Gimme some No Limit, Old Cash Money, Slip n Slide, Pastor Troy, Lil Jon, TI, Jeezy, Youngbloodz, Rocafella, Kanye West (back when he did the soul samples), etc.
    I think these pretentious fucks who go as far as to betray what they prefer in music just to be on the “purist” side hurt the game every bit as much as the Waka/OJ/whoever-the-fuck-yall-niggas-hatin-on-this-year-fans. A high school nigga supposed to like Waka Flocka, the immaturity in his music reflects the immaturity in a 16 year old. Let kids grow into the music, by the time they hit their 20′s, they’ll start searchin they’re daddy’s crates and find the legends.

  • ra

    FUCK THAT OLD RAP…..TIMES HAVE CHANGED..GET WITH THE NEW OR MOVE THE FUCK OUT THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      you clearly dun understand real hiphop/rap. quit frontin

  • Waiter

    Im 18 and i love the way hip-hop sounded in its earlier stages (not saying something is wrong with it now), but yes it has changed and we must move with the change. but It would be good to hear some artist now and day brining the essences of Hip-hop back In to effect but More Relevant to todays generation. Im a Artist myself i go by the Name “Swift Da Waiter” or just ” Waiter” i believe in true hip-hop, but have to do what i feel i have to do in order to stay relevant to today’s listeners ya dig ! Not saying I’m talking about everything they do now. cause thats not me, but from time to time i do that but i feel as if i have to bring that real music.

    ~Waiter~

  • G-Dop3

    Everybody lissen to all dis new shit and nun of the ol shit cause they no ads out ther anymmore to remind all these mini lil waynes out there. These modern rappst4rs are taking old hiphop/rap to a different level they dun like that ol shit anymore i guess. they might listen to that old gngtr shit, but they dun spit that ol shit no more. Were da paper at?

  • Vee

    The way I see it, the line between Hip Hop and R&B is blurred. Hip hop artist want to appeal to R&B and vice versa, they want to have the best of both worlds. Where are the rappers that want to do just that, rap, please stand up or raise your hand.

    It’s nothing wrong with the party records, hell the 90′s were filled with party records, take a look at what Puff was doing with Bad Boy. As hard as DMX was, Get At Me Dog was a club song, the video was shot in The Tunnel. Another club record Party Up, where he sung the hook himself, but wasn’t trying to pass it off with auto tunes and telling fans “he’s showing us another side of him”.

    Todays “artist” are so busy doing and trying to be everything for mass appeal, that they forgot to master whatever their first talent.

  • Mz

    everyone knows hip-hop was OVER when the first RUN DMC album came out, with a logo and all that professionalism and shit. Cold Crush, Treacherous Three, Funky Four +1, Spoonie Gee, hell even Jimmy Spicer, now that’s the golden age! “Always brand new, never ever old school!” that put the nail in hip-hop’s coffin.

  • Curtis75Black

    Hip Hop today for the youngins is like R&B for me born in the 70′s, growing up in the 80′s. With all the Earth Wind & Fire, Commodores, Temptations, Heatwave, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Lionel Ritchie still poppin’ I discovered a mature Micheal Jackson, Prince, Ready For the World, Force MD’s and New Edition along with Janet Jackson and Madonna. With a assortment of Freestyle music as well as Hip Hop, I had to discover the early gems by alot of artists when I got older but being born in a musical family with crates of records and radio always poppin, it was easy. We as fans didn’t shun those classics because that’s where alot of our favorite tracks were discovered and got their samples from. You have to learn to appreciate what came before to truly enjoy the present when it comes to music.

  • 3rd eye clear

    I just want to add that I was recently in Japan and those younger teenagers there not only know everything about the golden era of rap but I believe they know soul and r&b as well. Matter factly every country I have been to has a great appreciation for the things we take for granted.
    I think I mentioned this before but there were three things which were like “aha moments” for me this year:
    1. An old blues man telling me that he fears that young americans are going to have to travel to europe to learn what the blues were…soon!
    2. Kids in budapest telling the jabawokees invented breaking!! (WoW)
    3. At 35 years old, How could I not be the targeted marketing demographic? I have practically grown year for year with hip hop, stood in line with allowance money for the original fresh fests, and I work and continue to BUY..I said BUY music!!

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  • that nigga

    Gotta love Sky’s knowlege of the game and his respect. Keep that pen movin dude, that Poer of Words is still in rotation. Gotta cop this new shit.

  • i’m from kansas…. fucc you

    ….you know whats hilarious… 10 years from now… on your respective radio stations… on your weekly throwbacc segement…. you’ll hear “SOULJA BOY TELL EM”… and the first obnoxious bars of Crank That…. and guess what you’ll do…. if not for the first 15 seconds… you’ll laugh… and try to think of the dumm ass dance steps to the song… shake your head and then change the station…. but others… you’ll actually listen to the entire song… spit it word for word.. and probably continue on to having a wonderful day….

    to some people that song will be just another dumm ass song by another dumm ass rapper… but to most it’ll be a… and yeah i said to most… it’ll be a classic song that was at a notable point in their lives…

    all i’m saying is.. each era has its bullshit…. and more importantly…. each era targeted the “impressionable”…. every rappers attitude on the mic is… how can i convince them that i’m that nigga… or what have you…

    no disrespect.. but if everyone who ever knew what hip hop was went and bought or even d/l skyzoo and !llmind’s album…. making it the most talked about and the most dissected piece of work ever since whatever…. there would be ooooogobs of people talking about how fake this nigga was growin up… and !llmind jacc’d such and such beat from blah blah…. and the nigga is really from Maine… !llmind is from Wyoming…. ya know.. just a bunch of shit….

    its just the reality of the fact that… hip hop wants you to stay broke… and they want you to stare at success… not to be fully emersed in it…. cuz when you are sucessful… you’ve sold out… you aint real.. you’ve lost all sense of integrity.. whatever…. but when you’re broke…. you’re real…

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  • 80′s B-Boy

    I was watchin’ a doc on PBS & a kid about 13 yrs old said all he listens 2 is Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, classic rock. Why is it kids today who like rock listen & love rock of the 60′s & 70′s & even learn 2 play those songs on thier guitar? But kids who listen 2 so called Hip Hop will not mention nor show love for old school Hip Hop artists. When your talkin’ Hip Hop, that’s 31 yrs ago 4 the first one released on wax. But talkin’ classic rock, that’s 40-50 years ago. What you say Skyzoo is irrelevant & ignorant. I’m from that 80′s period. I helped make Hip Hop survive as did the rest of my generation by buyin’ those albums, supporting Hip Hop radio shows, sportin’ B-Boy gear, tapin’ cardboard down on concrete to B-Boy, stealin’ paint cans to Graf Write, attendin’ the concerts, carryin’ boom box’s blastin’ Run-DMC, Whodini, & LL, poppin’ VW emblems off VW’s to make necklaces & so on. We are the ones that endured the hate from the white community & the police. That was a time when we had to hear Hip Hop is not music & it is a fad & will never last. That was a time when your favorite Hip Hop was not east coast, west coast or down south, it was the artist. The 80′s generation made this culture survive. Without us, it would have never lasted. What did your generation do? As for boom bap rap, what the fuck is that? Back Packer rap, what the fuck is that? That 90′s era you’re referrin’ to is Hip Hop, plain & simple. Fuck those labels & box’s. Problem with artists like you Skyzoo is you’re jealous. Will u ever make a classic album? NO! Will u be remembered like Run-DMC, KRS-ONE, Whodini, Slick Rick, Rakim, Melle Mel, Just-Ice & LL Cool J? NO! And that eats at ya. Your new album will not make an impact, not move many units & will quickly be forgotten. It ain’t abt what period you grew up in or your experience. If it was I would be sayin’ fuck the 60′s & 70′s my mom listened to, that’s not my generation or experience as a teenager. But thats not my attitude. I appreciate, love & support what i was raised on in the 70′s as a baby, toddler, 1st grader. For the younger generation who don’t know the history, we need to teach them & show them our culture. We have a rich, meaningful history that we all can be proud of. Hip Hop is the last true genre of music ever created. Us Hip Hop heads need to unite, stand up and take our culture back from these vultures at major labels, mtv, bet, radio stations, and put our 4 element culture back together again. Peace, Love And Respect to all Hip Hop Heads. This is our culture. Fuck the fakers & immatators. ONE! 80′s B-Boy

    • monte

      I agree MTV,BET,and these”hiphop”radio stations passing this bullshit off as hiphop need to bring the realness back.Fellow 80′s B-Boy