I have recently been watching news programs like CNN, MSNBC and listening to some SIRIUS satellite radio. I was thinking to myself with all the issues we are experiencing with cuts to major programs in the urban locations you would think there would be some people outraged and want to spit versus about it in song.
Well I hate being the ol man at the bar full of 20 year olds I have to say that back in golden era of hip hop artist like Chuck D, Ice Cube, Paris, Jungle Brothers, Native Tongues, KRS One etc. would have NEVER let this news pass them up.
When the Rodney King beating from the LA Police occurred it seemed that every artist covered it as the ghetto news report in their song, and I must add no, the songs were not corny lectures either they were dope records! Black COP (By KRS), It was a good Day (Ice Cube), Fight the Power (Public Enemy).
Now a day’s it’s as if there is no concern for anybody as all the songs are centered around the artist and his or her ability to make dollars. HELLO!!!!!!! is anyone home? I’m in no way saying that we need to have a whole militant movement in Hip-Hop I’m just asking where is the balance?
I have kids that listen to Hip-Hop as well as a Son that wants to get into producing, but I noticed that every song they have in their iPod or mobile phone consist of selling dope, smashing hoes, getting gaup, or F#@king up somebody.
What saddens me about this is that 95% of the artist they are listening to DON’T live the lifestyle they are displaying leaving the fans questioning which artist can kick which artist ass. I’m just looking for that movement that will start a revolution of artist wanting to understand and speak on the legislative process, as these young brothers and sisters will be subjected to their laws when they get older.
Tupac once rap’d “I know it seems heaven sent we aint ready to have a black President” and with the lack of true appreciation for President Barack Obama I think he may have been right. The voice of Hip-Hop is a powerful tool. Don’t believe me? Just look at the artist from all over the globe that are now rapping. The culture has progressed from the streets of the South Bronx to a global phenomenon.
I just feel that these artist need to be just that ARTist! and not just Recording Artist looking for their next check. I’m not against making money, hell i’m a capitalist I believe that you should be rewarded for hard work, but I also understand that there is room for making a living as an Artist, case in point Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, 50 Cent, TI, Kanye West, Outkast, the names can go on.
All this ranting makes me wonder, will Nas ever get the credit he deserves for stepping out on a limb on every album to showcase creativity? Will people (before he gets old and passes) understand what he has been trying to do for Hip-Hop? I don’t have the answer for that but I will say “NAS, PLEASE GIVE BIRTH TO A NEW GENERATION OF ARTIST” I’m begging you from one hip-hop head to another.
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