I've been to a few "Hip Hop" events and I have also read a few Hip Hop articles that are the inspiration for me writing this post. One of the articles was posted yesterday on www.hiphopdx.com. The responses to this article made me think about where Hip Hop has been and where it is going. I know this seems to be written about so often, but it is our passion for HIP HOP that makes this topic such an anomaly.
A few weeks ago Red Hook park had a free show with the legendary Hip Hop Producers, DJ Scratch and DJ Premier. I mentioned to her that because of our age we are fortunate to have been around and actually enjoyed the Golden Era of Hip Hop. You cannot claim to love Hip Hop if you do not know about either of these guys...PERIOD. The two DJ's played songs from the Motown Era (before Hip Hop was born) thru the Golden Era. It was amazing to me to be a part of and witness my generation going bananas when they went thru the "classics". I often think of what songs will be played in the next 15-20 years, when these late teens/early 20 somethings will be my age. That is another topic for another day. It is hard for me to think of any songs that will touch anyone like T.R.O.Y or Dwyck (if you have ever been to a "Hip Hop" party, this song most likely was played and it is not a song that I particularly care for) or anything that Wu-Tangs came out with (Enter The 36 Chambers). To watch this crowd go nuts is an understatement, they really took it there.
It is important for me to stress that I got sick and tired of the whole Mafiosa Hip Hop thing during the 90's, but I remember when it was 1st done. In my humble opinion, not many people could do it like Raekwon, Ghostface, & Nas. Just like everything in Hip Hop, everyone started copying the format and it got old and stale.
Again, it seems that todays lyrics and wordplay is just corny. Maybe it's my age, but is there really any discussion about the lyrics that came out of NYC, especially emcees from New York area during the 80's & 90's? I appreciate the new "style" of rappers today. Kid Cudi, Wale, Charles Hamilton, Skyzoo, & etc., but we have to remember that without my generations Hip Hop stars, none of this would be possible. I'm all about evolution and growth in Hip Hop, but I can not and will not accept what my Beloved Hip Hop has become.
I remember when the Hip Hop radio played more than 15 different songs all day. Hell I remember when there wasn't even a Hip Hop radio station. Maybe we should go back to those days, and then the radio would be forced to play more artist (underground and popular) to fill up the time slot.
I've been saying for awhile now that Common needs to do an updated version of "I Used To Love Her". It would be really interesting to hear about the many changes that Hip Hop has gone thru.