I was Watching Behind The Music on VH1 tonight and got reminded of how dope Ice Cube was , Especially after he left NWA and was on a mission to prove he was one of the Guiding forces behind the Success of NWA. Cube did most of the writing for the group and got screwed when it came to collecting money owed to him after they became Big.
So heres a Link to Cubes first 2 albums after his departure from NWA. Definitely some Classic Hip Hop!
A lot of people think this song is Sick, I’m not feelin it like that,, But she is kickin some Knowledge
I’ve been thinking about this post for quite some time now. It helps that Scarface the rapper decided to shoot his mouth off and say that Hip hop is being turned “WHITE” by label execs!? Check that out here. Label execs??? Really?.. How about today’s youth who are currently (IMO) listening to the worst hip hop music ever made. I seriously don’t know how anyone can even call what they are doing today hip hop. Its more Pop than anything else. I mean what are the current requirements for a hit song these days?…Dirty south type club track, and some kind of catchy hook. There are no real MC’s left, No true hip hop lyricists, No Hot DJ”s spinning for their MC. And don’t get me started on DJ’s and who thinks they are “real dj’s” these days (more on that later,another post maybe). I mean yes, we have Jay cole, Jay z, Eminem, T.I., and some other dudes that are still relevant in todays hip hop, But lets face it they are a dying breed. The more common is the one hit wonder, one hot song, never to be heard from again. They make one hit and can never duplicate the magic again. Not only that, the youth today don’t care, they would rather keep it movin then wait for that artist to release something new. There IS NO FAN loyalty anymore!….Artists today don’t have huge fan bases that will go out and buy their product. They may have 1 million twitter followers but how does that translate into album sales?
The current State of the hip hop fan base sucks, but that’s not what pisses me off the most! The thing I hate more than anything is people that call themselves hip hop fans now have no clue where it came from , and NO CLUE what real artists are! Half these clowns now can’t spit a hot 16 bars if you gave it to em! Lets get this straight first and Foremost…If you haven’t listened to some of these artists in hip hop…..don’t call your self a hip hop fan! get educated on some lyricists. Big Daddy Kane, 2pac, biggie smalls,EPMD,Boogie down productions,Big Pun, Big L, Nas,Jay Z,Das EFX,keith murray, Naughty By nature (Treach),Public Enemy,Slick Rick, Jada Kiss, Gangstar (Guru), Wu-tang Clan,Ice Cube, LL Cool J (hip hop pioneer), and more current artists like Apathy and dudes that are still killin real east coast hip hop. My point is this, at least during the 90’s and even in the early 2000’s Hip hop Fans still had some loyalty, They still had artists that were main stays in Hip hop and did it right. We waited on their next album to drop, ran to the store and copped it , only to listen to it front to back over and over again. Is there even an artist out there in today’s market that has an album that worth listening to front to back? How many Classic albums in the hip hop genre have been classics in last 3-4 years? Are there any albums that will be listened to in 10 years and still have that magic when you hear it?. I CAN name 10 off the top of my head that came out in the 90’s that are classic albums! Its sad really, that my kids will grow up with no real music to call their own. I had Heavy Metal and Hip Hop in my generation, with tons of great music that stands the test of time. I have the 70’s music that My mother played when I was coming up. I know what Real R&B music is, from Motown to Funk and everything in between. I also have a huge love for hip hop and even Metal. What do my kids have?…2 chains?…wacka flocka?…C’MON!, the thing that disturbs me most is where the big machine is leading us?….I’m patiently waiting for something new I can feel out there, Its few and far between these days, and certainly nothing close to the feelings I got listening to Hip hop when I was younger. When are these kids gonna finally say screw this and go in search of some real music , like the many independent artists trying to make it grass roots style and on the net. I’d love to hear another opinion on the matter at hand. In any case this is just the first of several rants to come about the current state of music and hip hop culture from a true fan of real Hip Hop.