With the recent release of some lyrically conscious albums (i.e. J. Cole, Wale- yes him), I’ve been very optimistic about the future of the hip-hop game. I am well aware of the “underground” artist who have released some dope projects as well. That first sentence is more important in this post because…these are mainstream hip-hop artist we are talking about. I’d personally like to thank Good Kid…M.A.A.D. City for this.
I think Kendrick inspired a lot of other artist with his classic (Yep, I said it) debut. He was able to create a project that was respected for it’s concept and lyricism…and it was radio ready. I thought that would never happen again in rap music. I’m sorry. Things were looking bad for hip-hop on radio. The best part about it, he’s young. Now, his peers are showing up to the party. More important than that, the young fans like it too.
See, it’s different when an older artist does it. You expect it. You expect the old fans to love it and the younger generation will recognize it. Unfortunately, that won’t push the culture forward. The young kats have to be the ones to lead.
Of course, they still have to make their radio records but, that is acceptable to me. Some records are easier to digest when you have some substance in the pot. With artist like Drake, and the monster that is Eminem, set to drop new albums in 2013…I can’t see the train falling off the tracks. Now THIS, is a trend I can get behind.