Check out my latest hip-hop commentary: THE CHEF
Had to change that title because “Drive-By Bloggin” was a bit much. So….I have this friend who feels that hip-hop is dead and will never come back. He feels that every glimmer of hope is just a flash in the pan. For every aspiring release, a wack song or trend snuffs it out. Is that really the case?
Sure, when you think of the momentum rappers like Saigon, Joell Ortiz, and Jay Electronica had…the future was certainly bright. They weren’t able to pop on a level you’d expect because…well…I don’t think the young ladies care for that “type” of hip-hop.
That assessment doesn’t include all ladies, but the females who drive radio playlist across the country. My man would say that dudes like Kendrick Lamar deserve the props but he too will have to conform to the bullsh*t or find himself in mixtape purgatory.
I see his point but I’m no fortune teller. I believe in hip-hop. I believe that pop culture will never have complete control. I believe that for every sideshow they manufacture to represent the face of hip-hop….THE PEOPLE eventually do away with. Just Google all of those 1 hit wonders from about 2004 on. They never survive. But Hip-Hop? Hip-Hop is NEVER DEAD.
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.
There was a time when Boom-boxes, sort of like dinosaurs, ruled the world. Having a big ass radio loaded with stickers, powered by 20 “D” batteries, and bumpin’ the latest in exclusive hip-hop music was the sh@t. Just like the dinosaurs….it died. Now seeing someone with this big ass radio says only one thing to most people…”This dude must still live with his mama.”
Well, there may be new life for the heritage that is “boombox dude”. MF Doom Sneaker Speakers. Professional Sneaker customizer Nash Money created a pair of speakers out of a pair of “Shaq-like” Pumas. What do you think Radio? Check them out:
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And… If you are (for some reason) looking for a more authentic “Radio Raheem” experience…well
(In my 50 Cent voice) “Daaaaamn Homey!”