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If you haven’t heard, 50 cent and what ever is left of G Unit are no longer on Interscope, Shady, nor Aftermath. No beef, just a mutual understanding. Considering the force at which he hit the game (the 2nd time), and the sh*t load of money that was earned…no one loses.
It just seems unbelievable that 50 cent is not really a factor in the rap game anymore. Sure, we still check for him but his dominance has subsided. No matter how hard of a song he makes, the audience taste is just different now. That’s just the way the music game goes. Ask Ja-Rule.
I remember when Get Rich or Die Trying dropped. He had the ENTIRE game on smash. Not only did he meet the hype, he blew that sh*t into another stratsphere. All the dope mixtapes, the videos, the shows. 50 cleaned up. Shady, Aftermath, and Interscope cleaned up.
The unfortunate part, 50 is just too much of a business man. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just a rap thing. That’s ok in some circles, but I don’t think that sits well with 50 the emcee. Sure he’s rich. Sure it’s bigger than beats and rhymes, but that’s where he broke ground.
That’s where he made his name. There is no way he wasn’t passionate about being the best rapper on the planet at that time. You could hear it in his rhymes. I think he’s still hungry. I don’t believe he wants his story to end here.
Of course Fiddy the business man has a new deal for 50 the rapper and whatever is left of G-Unit. One can only hope that this new deal brings 50 Cent back into the Hip-Hop conversation.
Honestly, this is the only time I’m looking at you. Whether you have something ignorant to say, or some intelligence shines through. I’m saying. That’s why you look like that right? You’re only trying to make one statement. That statement doesn’t have anything to do with rhymes or beats or Hip-Hop.
It’s about, “how can I get them to pay attention to me?” That pic right there. No sound, no interview, just that. Turn around to identify yourself, and then turn back around. Men want to see it, woman laugh at it. It’s like entertainment. Just not the entertainment business you see yourself in. No. Your sh*t is more like a circus.
A freak of nature. Nobody cares about their background. Just do that thing that you do. You asked me to look right? You wanted me to look, now you don’t like that kind of attention?
Soooo, using a iconic picture of the great El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz also known as Malcom X… Hell.. to you he might as well be Malcolm Little….
For your pointless statement about “Looking A$$ Niggas”? I didn’t want to touch this one. I almost feel like it was done on purpose. Do something foul, apologize and hope that we are still paying attention while you put out another wack album.
Damn, Black History Month too? Smh. I’ve already said too much. One of these ladies in hip-hop needs to get at her… And no Lil Kim doesn’t count.
“I appreciate the way you look though.”
We all need a break from our individual worlds. My breaks are spent playing sports video games (PS4 tag Veguss2001) and watching everything crowding the DVR. Hip-Hop usually takes a break after the ball drops for the new year. Not this year though. Albums/Mixtapes dropped all over the end of 2013 and the start of 2014. I couldn’t keep up at one point.
Needless to say, I’m back on my sh*t. What does that mean? Well, given the fact that I just celebrated my 5th Anniversary here at HipHoPolitic Blog… Live a little… read old post. There are some gems dating waaaaay back to the year 2009. Ol school!
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Gangstarr had a song that spoke about how the uniqueness in your voice is one of the things that got you attention in hip-hop. A distinct voice is just as important as a distinct style (i.e. Q-Tip, B-Real, Kendrick). Sure there have been rappers with similar vocal tones but, in 2013/2014, I feel like there are waaay too many.
Each rapper brings something to the table that separates him or herself from the other. It’s just hard to tell when they sound so much a like. They target the same audience. Somebody’s not going to eat. It doesn’t matter who came first, they all came up together.
I was listening to Childish Gambino’s new album when this became ever so clear. Nothing against him but he sound/feels like Drake, Big Sean, & Lupe Fiasco all rolled in one. Maybe that’s the hook? IDK. It becomes increasingly hard to tell the difference for the uninformed.
Nobody has bass in their voice? Only in interviews? I don’t understand. Unfortunately, it all comes down to the marketing of this style. Everybody wants what is charting. Once upon a time artist would get signed because they had a unique sound. Now they get deals because they sound the same.
I will always remember Russell Simmons saying he didn’t sign Nas back in the day because he sound too much like Kool G. Rap. If that were today, not only would he have signed him, he probably would have a roster full of them.
It all just sends a uninspired message to the up and coming hip-hop artist. “Why be you when you can be them?”
Here is that Gangstarr song I talked about (side bar- I didn’t like it but it’s the truth. Lol!):
With all the hip-hop music we get over the course of a year, a lot of it is forgettable. I’m not just talking about the wack sh*t. There are a lot of solid releases that I have all but forgotten. It’s this time of year when we begin to reflect on all that has happened. My process for selecting albums/mix tapes of the year is simple.
I put the remarkable ones on my phone and who ever survives the daily, weekly, monthly rotation…comes out on top. Then I think to my self, for example, “Oh sh*t. I forgot about that Czarface album.” Not to single them out but I was big on that album when it came out. It just got lost in the shuffle.
Or like, that Game mixtape. It was really good but, others overshadowed it. Sh*t, Pusha T. I forgot that even came out after a while, and that wasn’t half bad. So you see what I’m saying? None of the mentioned projects were wack. They just didn’t have a profound impact on a brother.
I go back and listen to everything to see what impact it has on me now. Some still rock, while others don’t sound as good. It’s a crazy process for a fan like myself who listens to it all. The worst (or good) part of it all, is the fact that there are STILL some dope releases this month.
Yes, I consider everything that actually drops in 2013. Look out for my Top Albums/Mixtapes of the year on New Year’s Day!