I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s next for hip hop. I rarely watch TV, and when I do, it’s usually not a music video station. However, going to a school that is largely addicted to garbage commercial rap, I havent been able to avoid hearing about the Ludacris craze. He’s not something new. For years now, hip hop has been divided between the underground and the commercial. There’s been a fairly thick line that few could straddle, the most recent artists to straddle it being Eminem and the Alkaholiks. The commercial has been ‘thug’ rappers, millionaires who speak of murder and drug dealing on the corner. This fascinates both the true thugs, whose lives are being told on the radio, and also the rich preppy kids, who feel hard listening to some shit they can’t even begin to imagine.
The underground has been less restricted–there are battle emcees, topical emcees, and the rare emcees who could bridge the divide between battling and flipping topics. Nevertheless, the underground and the mainstream have always been there. Nobody used to have a huge problem with the mainstream. It was kinda like China and Japan– Japan’s getting rich, but the chinese are still confident that their wontons will beat the shit out of the sushi on the other side of the Great Wall. There are always the “playa hatas,” also known as the individuals who decide to make up their mind based on the quality of music, not the bullshit record label antics that so many buy into, but mainly, hip hop was a peaceful landscape.
The thugs and the backpackers lived tranquil lives, separating themselves from each other. Now, us backpackers are getting kinda mad. And it’s not because the thugs are acting up. People are taking the Cash Money mentality too far now. It’s not about Cash Money…it’s about “I wanna lick lick lick lick you from your head to your toes.” Now, the urban youth wearing hoodies and baggy jeans are getting a bad rap (pun intended) because some stupid southern cornrowed bawla decides to release some garbage shit. I can handle flossing…hip hop was built on trying to be better than someone else any way you can– that’s how i view a guy talking about his watch. But keep your big butted bitches back in the bedroom before backpackers blast you bums. It’s REALLY getting tedious. And this is what the masses are hearing.
The hip hop uneducated are believing that our culture is some dude who looks like he’s waiting to get kicked in the face, rhyming about nothing, named after insanity in relation to a champagne company, and is probably tossing Trina’s salad every night. We really gotta get something done about this- cause i know i for one am getting extremely tired of being afraid to go to MTV between the hours of 3 am and 11 pm, because i might happen to get “I wanna lick lick lick lick” into my head, and have to chop that beautiful head off. Cause whether we like it or not, that’s hip hop now. Lets try to change it.
By RhymeLife.Com for Hip Hop Hot Spot .Com