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The State of Hip Hop

Posted by BMD Admin on 11/14/2011

By: Black-Tee DaPromoter

Is Hip-Hop finally dead, or was it already dead? Many will say no! Well I say, “What makes you so sure?” In order to answer this question you have to know where Hip-Hop started at, where it has been, as well as, where it is now. Although there is no right or wrong answer to this question every opinion matters.


No more days of the velour suits, Kangol hats and big chains. No more days of rappers speaking about government concerns and political issues and police cruelty and brutality.


What is music without a concept? I’ll tell you… Just a bunch of noise. We seldom have lyricist in the game spitting the knowledge that we need to hear to start movements. All our music is about is bragging about what we have and had.


It seems that Hip Hop is all about talking about your different color cars, clothes, shoes, women and diamonds. Almost every rapper wants to be a drug dealer, gangster and talk about the block.  Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the Hip Hop god and I’m not saying don’t reference the struggle and what you came from and used to do, but what ever happened to speaking those encouraging words to give your audience motivation and knowledge.


When will artist start putting thought into their craft and start back preaching to our youth and our nation through their tunes? As Pimp C tried to warn us before he passed away, the record companies are making a mockery out of hip hop. Hip-hop artist have lost focus of the original cause and purpose it was created for and that’s Self-pride and unity.


So I ask every reader today… Are you pleased with the Hip-Hop industry? If not; Then when will we take back what is ours and reshape it into the form it once was? Will we continue to allow record companies and their string puppets to keep forcing the same repeated nonsense into our ears, or will we as the listeners and artist take a stand and make a presence for real music once again?


We still have artist today that are keeping it “Trill” and not selling out. Just a few to name: Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Jay Z, Nas, Big K.R.I.T, Webbie, Lil Boosie, Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Bun B and The Game.


I know it’s more than these guys, but these are the first that come to mind when I think about it.


Let’s make tomorrow a better day. Music is powerful and reaches a lot of people.