Friday, January 28, 2011
Last Of A Dying Breed
Shown above is the Vibe Magazine cover from February 1998 when hip hop was actually worth listening to. This cover was dedicated to hip hop's greatest rappers at the time including Methon Man, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Master P, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Foxy Brown. In my opinion the 90's consisted of THE BEST R&B and hip hop artists and music hands down!!
I remember having blank tapes and recording songs that used to come on the radio so I would have them on hand whenever I needed. Music just isn't the same to me anymore. Back then when all these artists were out they were so talented and well rounded that I never thought they would be off the scene. I look back and wonder where all the real talent went. Of course there are still some past greats doing their thing like Jay-Z and of course Diddy (idk what his talent is but he makes hot music lol), but what about all these other past artists who just disappeared?
I really think music is becoming more and more "pop-ish". Look at Nicki Minaj, she is just about the only female rapper out there making huge numbers... But you can't tell me she isn't a pop artist. Her songs are very gimmicky and animated like pop music. And I'm not throwing shade at Nicki in any way, I even bought her album. I'm just saying you don't really hear music these days with substance to the lyrics. And that's not just with her, other rappers as well. Take Rick Ross for example. All he raps about is living the lavish life, cars, drugs, money, and hoes. Ok... every other artist raps about the same (Gucci, Wacka, etc). Back then each rapper had his/her own style and story. They didn't all rap about the same thing and I think that's why the industry was so successful back then. Which leads me to wonder, what happened? I watched a video on youtube a couple of weeks ago of a speech given by Lauryn Hill in 1998 where she said that artists continue to speak about the same things because they are so worried about falling off, they dont give themselves enough time to step down and experience new things. Therefore, their raps remain the same. I definitely agree.
I don't know where hip hop went wrong, but I need it back. I need music that I can relate to. Not music that I like just because the beat is hot, or because of sick punch lines, or because they're talking about all the things I WISH I had (long money, fast cars, etc). I don't want to keep hearing about being the baddest b*tch, or the chick that makes him keep coming back, or the chick that can take your man. I want MY hip hop back, the one that teaches lessons in life (Lauryn Hill), or just the good old feel good music from back then! How do you feel about hip hop today compared to what it was then?? Do you think our music is dying? Let us know!
Also if you could choose which rappers to be on the current Vibe magazine if there was one made similar to this one, who would you put on the cover??