Nas said it best a few years ago and he was absolutely right. Hip hop is dead. I never thought it would come to this, but it’s to the point where I can’t stand new rap artists, or should I say, where rap has gone (there are some older artists who I can’t stand now that I could tolerate years ago). I can’t even listen to the radio now without being totally disgusted. For example, who the hell made a song called “Booty Meat”? And why do they have a record deal? Sit down, shut up, and take out a book!
I’ve always been told that I’m an old soul, but I think many people will agree with me that rap has reached a new level of ridiculous-ness. All you need is one line to repeat over and over with a decent beat, plus a lot of bass and you’ve got a hit record. But my question is this… what happened to having talent?
Now before anybody gets uptight, I’m airing out my frustrations about rap because I listen to primarily rap and R&B. Currently, it’s moreso artists who have been in the rap game for years. I’m disappointed where rap is today and what it’s doing to Black youth. After working in the school system for years, I saw it firsthand. I cringe every time I hear someone under fourteen singing a song like “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne word for word or see a child pop, locking, and dropping it (I’ll address the parents who ALLOW their children to do this or think this is cute in a future blog). Children, whether they understand the lyrics or not, sing along to these highly provocative songs because they are the hottest songs at the moment. But they don’t know that these songs are garbage.
Can we just go back to where any and everybody can’t get a bubble gum record deal? Where you had to have real talent in order to step foot into a studio? Where the women in videos had on clothes? Where rappers rapped about substance? Where there was a certified message? Is this too much to ask for?