The shaky beats along with severe bass lines would make just about anyone feel aggravated (or ‘turnt up’ as they say), and self-centered verses would let any kid feel he is the bad boy of the street. As much as I love hip-hop and the legacy the genre has carried with it through time, I would equally have appreciated if things would have been a bit more polite. The content is all what matters – you might get people motivated to kill or be killed, but soon they will find out it was you who had been the filthy fish in the pond.
Eminem comes in with mind-blowing lyrics and spotless flow, but family instability cost him lots while he switched to cocaine and sleeping pills. 50 Cent, along with the rest of the G-Unit, tried to rejuvenate the ‘black-influence’ on the genre, but G-Unit couldn’t hold onto each other and things fell apart on personal grounds.
America was distributed, and that too with pride! Artists started becoming renowned as belonging to the “East”, the “West”, the “Dirty South” and the “North” with divided communities and fan-following. Mainstream artists have since then been after seven/eight-figure bank balances and showed their desire for the most high-end clothing line-up, thus clearly differentiating them from the poor. Tupac, who used to say “they got money for war, but can’t feed the poor” is argued to be indulging superfluously in the most exotic brand names around the globe, thus contradicting his own opinion.
After Tupac’s contradictory death, things have not been the same for rappers and Hip-Hop artists. Rap moguls now like being famous among the paparazzi for smoking pot (see how Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg promote Weed Day), spending whopping amounts at clubs (Ludacris blows $10K at a club, Drake crosses $50K), and buying clothes clearly out of budget for many (Margiela jackets, Chopard watches, Louis Vuitton shoes and Hermes belts = you’re the best rap artist ever!) .
And not just that, the wide promotion of sexual relationships along with having a disrespectful eye towards the feminine part of the community has kept most of the artists today far away from many women, particularly in the age group of 35 and above. Songs don’t seem to deliver a message now but more of a conspiracy stating to worship the odd ways of living – a one night’s stand coupled with heavy usage of drugs and alcohol for “it’s only a short life.” –Snoop Lion, Reincarnation
If you are to earn some respect for your talents, then becoming a rapper might not turn out to be how you want it to be.
People have been starving for another Dr Dre album, another song such as Ludacris’ Runaway Love and another attempt such as Nas’s Illmatic. I believe the heavily-black-influenced culture has gone grey as Morgan Freeman would say “It’s not a matter of black or white but grey, could it be we’re fighting a war that can’t be won??”
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