Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Song of the Week: Hip Hop is Dead

NO I didn't forget people, but just had other things going on...

So with all this debate over the "Hip Hop is Dead" Movement that is going on I decided that this was the song of the week...
Lyrically, not Nas' best, however, the album seems to be taking it back to the illmatic days...so THAT right there give him my definite purchase on 12/19/06
The video itself isn't the greatest either...but hey I love the movement, I love what its talking about...




Yes I believe Hip Hop is Dead for various reasons...
1) let's just look at what we are being offered on TV...
2) let's just talk about the rediculous beefs that are going on in airwaves
3) let's look at the disrespect that the young cats in the game have for the legends....
oh and
4) the mess that folks are NOW doing as a result of this so called music

So that in and of itself people, the lack of variety, the lack of content, the lack of just plain old lyrical ability of many of these cats (including my crush Jim Jones) leds me to believe in the movement...NOW do I believe that HIP HOP is still alive in some aspects with folks such as Nas, Common, Mos Def, Talib, Little Brother, Lupe, Kanye and even Jay..YES I do...but the said part is that the majority of stuff that is being put out there is about Bling and the like, lacks lyrical skills and any real depth and doesn't move me...other than my head to the dope production...

Now don't get me wrong, songs like Dangerous by the Ying Yang Twins, or I luv it by Jeezy...they have a place in my collection for when I need to get hyped about going to the club...or when I am at the club...but these types of dudes are purely for entertainment, I do NOT take the serious at all...there is NO real lyrical ability...
now like Dane says, I'll give you Lil Wayne and T.I, they can honestly rap and have some lyrical ability...but the rest...naw...

Well I will forever be a TRUE HIP HOP HEAD so we shall see what happens next...

At least we are talking about it...

Well

6 comments:

shereejoi said...

I don't like Nas new cd, I'm just not feeling it.

BluJewel said...

I'm not really a true hip hop head. I like this n that song, but for the most part, it's not my bag. Rakim will always be the truth for me and i saw in a few months back at HoB in AC and he still had IT (IT encompasses many things...lol) I'm into lyrics with a message/meaning. I don't wanna hear about who's got the best chicks, whips, jewels and all that. Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and cats like that are speaking to my ears.

T.C. said...

@shereejoi-I honestly think its one of the hottest OUT...if Not THE hottest album...

@blu-that's what I am talking about HIP HOP at its best tells a story, has a meaning...even when Rakim was talking about "whores" or drugs...there was a meaning behind it a story a lesson...now granted NOT all hip hop is always going to spark debate or cause the community to come together behind a cause, but TRUE HIP HOP is much more than the car you are driving, how many hoes you got, how much your jewelry is worth and how much a girl can sake her assests...that right there is rap music...that's not HIP HOP...but that's just my personal interpertation of the game as it stands right now...I want HIP HOP...cause its BIGGER THAN HIP HOP (Dead Prez)

NegroPino™ said...

So u downloaded the Talib link? And you dont think "CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP" is classic?

T.C. said...

@negropino-LMBO!!!

Anonymous said...

this is such a good summary of what we've been discussing. very well put together!