Friday, April 14, 2006

The Sad State of Hip-Hop

If you listen to commercial radio regularly and are keen on what's big in the clubs this should come as no surprise. For the ill-informed among us, I offer the following three links.

The first is DMC's response to the whole Proof situation.

The second two links come from Prof. Marc Hill of Temple University:

DMC On Violence in Hip-Hop: "Something Has to Give"

The Barbershop Notebooks: "Why Hip-Hop Sucks", Part 1

The Barbershop Notebooks: "Why Hip-Hop Sucks", Part 2


RAK said...

Prof Hill was on my IM basketball team this winter. A ball-hog, but understandable considering that though dude is maybe 5'7/5'8 he was still twice as good as the rest of us.

Brother Spotless said...

I now have a man crush on Mr. Hill. Yes, Scoop Jackson and Prof. Hill.

qwerty said...

To quote The Streets *ahem* "You say that everything sounds the same/ Then you go buy them/ There's no excuses my friends/Let's push things forward."

I hope the people who agree with Professor Hill's rants aren't like the people I know who can sing all the lyrics to 50 Cents, Tony Yayo, Yin Yang Twins's songs and yet think hip hop sucks today.

Cuz that just don't make no type of sense. For the love of Jeebus: STOP GIVING THEM MONEY!

Brother Spotless said...

Solgenique, I hear you. There is no way rap music will change when 50 Cent is going 5x Platinum. Do you have any suggestions on how to move things forward?? I am honestly open to suggestions...

qwerty said...

Personally, I'm spending money I have no business spending on artists like Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Leaders Of The New School, Queen Latifah, Dudley Perkins, and Mos Def.

The only rap album I own is MC Hammer's Too Legit To Quit... and I bought that sucker 5 years ago. Yeah, I'm not the person to ask how to move rap forward.

Besides, only the people these "artists" claim to represent can change hip hop. They set the trends.

Brother Darkness said...

I don't think hip hop is any worse off than it was 5 years ago. There just isn't an artist out there that is dominant and seems to represent the general definition of hip hop. 5 years ago there was Jay-Z, an emergine and ever eager Eminem, Dre was linking up with old friends and some much needed CPR was given to the hip hop world. Now in the midst of the death of Proof and the dominance of the South hip hop IS in a state of emergency and I think Prof. Hill touches on a lot of things that we all may have been thinking for a long time.