Thursday, February 10, 2005

Not what it used to be

Remember when you'd put the radio on about 5 or 10 years ago and you heard good hip-hop. I can. Hip-hop music today isn't all bad, there's definitely a few bright spots, but it's not half of what it used to be. From about 95' to 98' you would hear pretty good hip-hop music on the radio. Now its terrible. All you hear are people talking about bling, trucks, and women. Sometimes this is fun and good for a party, but when you're in your car listening to music, you'd like to hear some decent songs.
I've been pretty into rap since the 6th or 7th grade. That's when Busta Rhymes, Wu-Tang Clan, Redman, Notorious B.I.G., the Beasties, and DMX (when he was good) were putting really good songs out. It seems like what used to be the mainstream is now the underground. People used to say something in their songs, whether it was talking about social problems, life in the streets, or rap, itself, the music was definitely different. The only people saying things these days are lesser known artists who would never get a lot of radio play. Artists like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jurrasic 5, Blackalicious, are considered more underground rap, but it my opinion, these are the type of artists who are truest to the art. The only real exception, to me, is Kanye West. He puts out songs with solid beats and actually raps about something; not just about how rich is and how many women he gets, and actaully gets radio play. There are also a few other exceptions. Jay-Z, 50-cent, and Ludacris will put some good stuff out, just because its a little different, and while its about money and women, its at least a little unique.
It's time for hip-hop to get back to its roots and start saying something again. Don't get me wrong, some of the popular stuff out now is great to party with, but it doesn't get to the point of rap. Good beats. Good rhymes. Good music.


Blogger ciferd said...

I agree 100%. I personally like rock more then rap and pop, but i do listen to a lot of rap whether at a party or getting ready to go out. It puts me in a good mood. I don't turn to rap for casual listening or backgroudn music when im doing something, thats just not what its there for. It's for more of a party and get out and do something time.

February 11, 2005 at 1:55 PM  

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