I’ve always been an on again off again Wrestling fan. In recent years, I’ve followed more closely and realized that there is a very passionate fan base. That fan base is actually what keeps me interested. The history, the stories, the rumors. It’s all become somewhat fascinating to me. So fascinating, that I bought a subscription to the WWE Network.
Last night was the 30 year anniversary of Wrestlemania. It’s hard to imagine this is still a big event 30 years later but I watched with all the anticipation in the world. All of the fuel fed from die hard fans on the Internet. The Undertaker, who I couldn’t believe still wrestled when I resumed watching back in 2010, was 21-0 at Wrestlemania last night. Never lost a match, until last night. Fans were stunned, upset, confused and all of the above.
(Here comes the Hip-Hop) So this got me thinking… damn hip hop is wack now. Are the artist wack? Not all of them. The passion that those fans showed last night (and probably will all week) is lost in the Hip-Hop world. In wrestling, they have appropriate names for their eras. I feel these names mirror Hip-Hop eras as well. Let’s see:
There’s the Golden Era. That’s the Hulk Hogan and Macho Man era. In Hip-Hop, that without a doubt is the late 80s. 1988 in particular. KANE, SLICK RICK, RAKIM, BDP… You get the point.
Then there is the Attitude Era. That’s The Rock and Stone Cold era. In hip-hop, that has to be the 90s Death Row, Pac, Nas, Biggie, The Wu, etc. You get the point.
And then there is today, The PG Era. That’s John Cena and…. Yeah, basically. (I do like CM Punk though). For Hip-Hop? Well, that’s easy. Drake, Lil Wayne, and a million throw away artist.
The difference between those eras is content and fans. The Golden Era was new and exciting. The Attitude Era was about evolution, revolution… and it was just waaaaayy better than the Golden Era. Somewhat a Golden Era 2. The PG era though? It’s cool, but no one really cares. People debate. Good things happen and bad things happen. When bad things happen, you lose fans. When good things happen, you don’t get new ones.
I look at the end of The Undertaker’s streak the same way I look at a wack Jay Z or Nas album. It’s the end of an era, and some fans stick around out of passion for the culture…. And others will move on. Are you still passionate about Hip-Hop Music?