Thursday, July 3, 2008
The State of The ....
For some years now...we've seen the quality of the music we listen to slowly water down. I listen to alot of music ( rap, jazz, house, gospel, R & B , neo soul techno..you get the picture) , and rap has been a big part of the music i listen to. Nas ( My favorite rapper) started this big buzz when he said that Hip Hip was Dead. Now, I was for him on that (yup, im bias) . Then you had Southern rappers saying HipHop was in the South. So he definitely ruffled some feathers with that . But if folks dont think they wrong...why would they change??
Then I started thinking... if Hip hop was dead...what the hell is Nas still doing around here?? Why is The Roots still playing shows?? Common is still making hits....Talib still doing his thang. But its not just the "conscience " rappers that still make me rock out. 2pac still gets me going...Snoop still has his moments. Big fan of T.I (even before he was popular)...Freeway 's " even though what we do is wrong" is still one of my favorite songs ...and alot of others .
I was Listening to Mos Def's " Black on Both Sides" Cd....cuz lately, new music been wack. and i think He sums it up on the first track of the album .
"....Listen.. people be askin me all the time,
"Yo Mos, what's gettin ready to happen with Hip-Hop?"
(Where do you think Hip-Hop is goin?)
I tell em, "You know what's gonna happen with Hip-Hop?
Whatever's happening with us"
If we smoked out, Hip-Hop is gonna be smoked out,
If we doin alright, Hip-Hop is gonna be doin alright.
People talk about Hip-Hop like it's some giant livin in the hillside
comin down to visit the townspeople
We are Hip-Hop
Me, you, everybody, we are Hip-Hop.
So Hip-Hop is goin where we goin
So the next time you ask yourself where Hip-Hop is goin
ask yourself.. where am I goin? How am I doin?
Til you get a clear idea
So.. if Hip-Hop is about the people
and Hip-Hop won't get better until the people get better
then how do people get better? (Hmmmm...)
Well, from my understanding people get better
when they start to understand that, they are valuable
And they not valuable because they got a whole lot of money
or cause somebody, think they sexy
but they valuable cause they been created by God
And God, makes you valuable
And whether or not, you recognize that value is one thing..."
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