I have been asking all week what the state of hip hop was today. I got varied answers but the overall sentiment is the same. It is in a state of emergency. I heard someone say it was on life support and that life support system is autotune! The death of us all, kinda like when Luke Skywalker lost his hand and you knew eventually he’d dabble in the dark side. This is how I see Hip Hop!
I would like to share with you the responses I got. None says it better than Dope Johnson
). Here is his “essay”. lol (You will also find Dope Johnson all around the web. He is Mr. Googleable! click his names for 2 of his links!)
“My personal opinion of the state of hip hop is it’s become a consumer based industry instead of an individual expression of self. In the beginning hip hop was an outlet of urban youth to express THEMSELVES musically. Now it’s about making the most appealing music to make money. Everyone sounds like everyone else. Everyone’s beats sounds or are feels derived from one basic area. The artist AND producer were from the same place and made very DISTINCTIVE music together. The foundation of todays hip hop is commerce or imaged based. The few artist that have been successful i.e. Drake, Lil Wayne, Wiz and a few others are actually the abnormal. As consumers until we start purchasing or supporting music that isn’t a cookie cut out or a carbon copy of something else hip hop will continue spiralling to the garbage disposal and our hip hop forefathers will roll in their graves.”
This is why artists such as MC SHAN have come out with this response to my pestering question of the state of hip hop today! (silly girl, I am, asking him this the day after he releases his video):
Most folks, like Marcus Greene (
), say “I have a love/hate opinion on the
“. But I am looking for something a little more than just a love hate. What do you love about it. What do you hate about the place hip hop finds it self in the 20-teens?
The state of hip hop spans from being dead to being considered misguided to there being a resurgence of hip hop. When directly asked DJ KING ASSASSIN ™ (
) says, “
is in a state of emergency ask me why i’ll tell u!! We’re losing our
stations in radio everyones turning there stations from urban to POP!”
Shortly after my exchange with DJ KING ASSASSIN, GЯATE-J
responded, “my opinion is hip hop isn’t dead.. People are just looking for it in the wrong places. you can’t listen to a pop artist and be mad that there producing pop songs.” While this is true, you can’t be mad at folks for wanting hip hop to come out of their radios and getting mad cause all they get is pop! Their anger and frustration about the lack of good hip hop comes from the radio stations changing their formats.
I believe the imagery that is painted by today’s version of hip hop has the stations shying away from the mass marketed copy cat artists because of “family values”. Yes, I said it and YES, I listen to the music my artists pump and know their music paints some of the same images. However, we keep our music underground and not mainstream. To go mainstream means (to me) that you are going to do whatever to get that $$. I think this industry should not JUST focus on the dollar signs but the fulfillment one gets from the work they are doing (recognized or not…learn to be humble!).
Learn to focus on you as a business and your music as a craft. Why do I say that? With opinions like Smiz The Moneykid’s (
@smizthemoneykid) ”they say hip hop is dead but i think what died is the creativity!” I would think some of you out there that sound like the next guy would try to find his/her own voice.
Take advantage of some of the advice I am sure you get. And check the kind of folks you follow and listen to. Check your facts! Research the career you have chosen because the perception is that hip hop is no longer the outlet for the urban youth it use to be.
In this follower’s opinion (O D
) its in state of.shock being controlled by the people it was created to ridicule.
Ridicule is an interesting word to use. But what should be more disturbing to artists that cherish their creative works of art would be M.Dawes is PARADi$€ (
whoisparadise) thoughts on
”is much d same as its always been if u knw where2look but similar2
we r d creative & not d controllers”