Record Labels

  • ·       Radio
  • ·       Rappers
  • ·       Producers
  • ·       Money
  • ·       Soundscan
  • ·       Comparisons
  • ·       List
  • ·       Love & Hip-Hop
  • ·       The bullet that took Biggie
  • ·       The bullet that took Pac
  • ·       The internet
  • ·       Youtube
  • ·       Wordstar
  • ·       Nas
  • ·       Limewire
  • ·       Blank CDs
  • ·       Live Streams
  • ·       Hypebeast
  • ·       Autotune
  • ·       Chief Keef Dreads
  • ·       Cheap Microphones
  • ·       Cheaper Computers
  • ·       Fruity Loop Torrents
  • ·       Attempts at bringing the 90’s back
  • ·       Blogs
  • ·       Magazines
  • ·       Bloggers
  • ·       Emcees
  • ·       Weed
  • ·       Cocaine
  • ·       Mollies
  • ·       Alcohol
  • ·       Jordans
  • ·       Myspace
  • ·       Twitter
  • ·       Facebook
  • ·       Black Planet
  • ·       Yes Men

What you just read is a list of things that  could easily be trialed and convicted for the death of hip-hop. Most of those items came about when the era changed, when the 90’s became nothing more than a photograph we occasionally pull out and reminisce over. News flash guys, it’s not coming back.  Let’s just be completely honest with ourselves, no one killed hip-hop, no one can truly shoulder the blame for what the genre, and the music has transformed into. It’s evolution, and you can’t just press B and cancel out the change. I’m sick of stating this, I’m sick of publications beating this dead horse, I’m sick of us just being unable to accept the fact THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH HIP-HOP that we can’t blame ourselves for.

Oh we complain about what’s on the radio as if we weren’t smoking on Keisha and riding around with that Nina this summer. When’s the last time you called a radio station requesting your favorite artist? We complain about album sales but we won’t spend a dime on the artist we spend hours online arguing is the best thing since Wu-Tang. Oh and my all-time favorite, We love, JUST LOVE to spew these outlandish, ridiculous, bull shit opinions what we consider what “real” hip-hop is. Last time I checked hip-hop was bigger than lyricism, bigger than radio singles, bigger than sound-scan, hip-hop is bigger than just a musical genre, HIP-HOP is a CULTURE. From the way we articulate our words, from the way we dress, from the way we even tweet have all been affected by that culture. How can something die if it touches each and everyone of us on a daily basis.

I’m ranting because what continues to get a bad rep isn’t what’s perceived. Albums are being sold, shows are being sold-out, rappers, emcees, artist, producers, engineers, managers, ect are living off hip-hop. We just complain, complain, and complain about whose underrated, about who deserves this, and who deserves that. Please shut the fuck up. Yes it’s seen some dark days, and even then we had something to enjoy. ENJOY the music. It’s too many ways to obtain the good stuff for you to cry, bitch, and moan on the daily basis and even the bad sounds good under the right intoxication. Accept the change, support the love, and stop acting as if you aren’t enjoying this wave.

It’s flawed like every other movement to exist in the world but god its our movement. Its our time, R.I.P to the 90’s. Lastly, before you ever again fix your lips to say “hip-hop is dead” ask yourself what you have done to keep her alive. Oh and if you think by rapping about being the savor, blogging about the flaws, and constantly attempt to force your stupid ideology on others is going to change anything then I’m sorry to inform you but it won’t. Not now and not ever. This is indeed a rant from someone who slept through an entire semester of AP literature so WTF do I know, take it how you please. I hate you all- Yoh aka The Black Gohan. 


Side Note: Aye New York, how you guys gonna get upset over the comments made by a grown man that wears trukfit. His opinion is forever voided into the dark abyss along with every song Shyne has put out since his release.  

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    I agree with this post 900%, and I hope you don’t mind if I add my take to it.

    We have Nas in Gap ads. Hip-hop songs being placed in so many major commercials. Jay-Z introducing Barack Obama a day before the election in Ohio, on primetime national tv. Ice T directing a movie highlighting a great generation of hip-hop artists and having it premiered in movie theatres. A new freshman class of artists emerging and creating a “new generation” of commercial artists (Wiz, Wale, Drake, Cole, Kendrick). Independent artists hopping up all over the world and dominating their niche markets, and surviving off of hip-hop; seeing the world through hip-hop. Artists whose niche markets are a little larger and their making a little more money and seeing a little more of the world. Sold out hip-hop shows in every city on any given day, because there is so much talent out there.

    People love to complain about what lacks in hip-hop, but they’re so fucking afraid to go out and BE THE CHANGE THEY WANT TO SEE in hip-hop. The problem with hip-hop today is there are too many talkers in the culture. There are too many people who say they “do hip-hop”, whether it be rappers, bloggers, videographers, etc. Yet there aren’t enough people actually doing hip-hop justice through their contributions. Hip-hop is a culture, and a society (I’d argue it’s really a society in the way there are so many interconnected networks now a days, through databases and social platforms), so we have to expect clear distinctions of good and evil. Hip-hop isn’t dead; it’s just a fucking complex.

    Creative entrepreneurs with musical talents and a team are only going to continue to sprout out of basements and cheap recording studios and dominate their niche markets. Sit behind a keyboard and stuck in a tweet, or invest in your brand and grow. Educate yourself, and discover different perspectives. Fight the resistance to not do something you want to, and embrace the present.

    (“In twelve to fifteen years, niche markets may bring in close to 40 percent of the global music revenues, and a new middle class of artists may finally thrive” || via Berklee Shares – Top 10 Truths of the Music Business:

    PS Unlike you, I paid a lot of attention in my AP writing classes in high school, lol.

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