This week…Would you pay for a Drake vs Meek boxing match, Puff Daddy thinks the culture is wack because of social media beefs, 21 vs 22 vs 23 Savage…wtf, and more! Subscribe via Stitcher Radio, Tune In Radio, Soundcloud.com/HipHopolitic, iTunes, or Google Play!
I make my return (again) to where it all started….TONIGHT! And every Friday on WEAA 88.9FM in B-more (Tune-In App) or listen Live via http://weaa.org Midnight to 5am 2015! Let’s go!
This week The Grammy’s Rap Nominations, Dizaster vs. Cassidy Rematch, Diddy Punches Drake, and more… Subscribe via Stitcher Radio and Soundcloud.com/HipHopolitic
I make my return to where it all started….TONIGHT! And every Friday on WEAA 88.9FM in B-more (Tune-In App) or listen Live via http://weaa.org
Midnight to 5am 2014! Let’s go!
2013 has come to an end. This was an interesting year for hip-hop. The debate about that lack of lyricism in mainstream hip-hop, the identity crisis that is NY hip-hop, and Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse all resulted in an exciting year. I’m hoping for the best in 2014. I have 5 albums/mixtapes that stood above the rest in 2013. I can say without a doubt, THESE WERE THE BEST FOR THE YEAR 2013…
Here is MY top five hip-hop albums/mixtape(s) of 2013:
The Revolution will be televised….again. You may not like him for one reason or another, but you have to admit…this is exciting news for music fans. The return of “Music Television”. Music programming delivered because it’s hot…not because it’s marketing campaign says so. Or so that’s what the sales pitch is to potential viewers.
If you grew up in the NYC area around the 80s and 90s, Video Music Box was king! They just weren’t a hip-hop video show like Yo MTV Raps or Rap City. Often times, you could tune in and catch a live performance at a local NY club. Raw video footage! Everybody knows the Tunnel freestyle featuring Biggie and 2Pac but some of us saw it before we heard it. Ralph McDaniels and The Vid Kid brought you unlimited coverage of some of today’s hip-hop legends. Salute…
2012 has come to an end. The world didn’t end, and we had a stellar year(2nd half) in hip-hop releases. I have 5 albums/mixtapes that stood above the rest. It would have been easier for me to do a top 10 but top 5 is more interesting in my opinion. Plus, I like putting the pressure on myself. Lol! I can say without a doubt, THESE WERE THE BEST FOR THE YEAR 2012…
So what passes as a classic these days? Is it that instant gratification you get on that first play through. Or does it depend on how often you listen to an album over time? The latter used to be the standard, but now it seems that fans toss that word around like it’s nothing. Have there been any albums you can call “classic” within the last ten years? I don’t know but I will give you my theory on it…
Let’s just start with a couple of examples: Pete Rock vs. Lupe, Dmx vs. Drake, Common vs. Drake, Ice T. vs. Every Young Rapper, Trapped in the 90s N*ggas vs. Every Young Rapper, and now Lord Finesse vs. Mac Miller. It’s a frantic situation, yes it is!
As a fan of the culture as a whole, I’m not mad at any of it. It is basically nature taking it’s course. Some of the old dudes are down with it, while others are down right furious. Why? There isn’t one obvious reason for why the older generation (yes, you 90s ninjas are included) has such a beef with today’s hip-hop. There is just a blatant lack of tribute being paid. Period. A lot of “older” rappers/fans feel that this generation of young hip-hop stars aren’t doing anything to advance the music. They also feel, that what’s being created now can hardly be classified as “HIP-HOP”.
On the flip side, the younger generation of hip-hop feels as if they do recognize the old school. They respect skill, but this is a different time. They feel they make the music of “their” generation, and at this moment in time, skill is not necessarily a prerequisite for success/popularity. In 2012, the rules are just different from the 80s and 90s. Between low cd sales, the rise of social media, and the marketing saturation that blankets actual talent…what more can they do?
This is old but still true. Let’s not pretend that this is a hip-hop only issue either. Most artist come from poor backgrounds and they’ve never been taught how to manage their money.
It’s painfully obvious that today’s hip-hop world has gone 100% Hollywood. There was a time where all you knew about your favorite artist was embedded in their rhymes. Not only does your favorite artist come with a chain, a crew, and a mugshot…. but now they come with a love interest. It was always known that some rappers were married. You could even catch some of them out on the town in your favorite hip-hop mag.
We’ve had front row seats for some failed unions, and even Reality Shows that are all about it. As a fan of the music, does this hurt or help how we look at these artist? Does it effect their music in a positive way. It’s hard to say.