Let’s CHANGE THE BEAT for a minute and talk about black music, Hip Hop in particular. Is it even still considered black music with such inductees like Eminem and a plethora of other white boys that go hard in their hood? Hip Hop belongs to no race of people today – it’s fair game. But the birth of its roots are as black as they come. NY birthed something beautiful and Fab5Freddy was there. It was then that he laced Blondie with those now famous words: “Fab5Freddy told me everybody’s fly…” in her Rapture video on MTV. Remember that? Fab continues to maneuver behind the scenes producing and directing music videos, co-producing and exec-producing films/documentaries and of course riding at the helms of the VH1 Annual Hip Hop Honor Shows that air in October. Last year was a big hit – if you missed it, peep some of the memorable 2009 highlights below::
It was good. But where are we (in terms of growth) in rap today? A lot of the beats are nice but what about the words? Where have the words gone? What are we saying? I don’t know what 1-hit wonders rule your local airwaves, but there’s a song that rhythmically (beat banging) hits the spot and gets all of the air playtime, I don’t know the songs title, but the chorus phrase is as follows:
“He’s got a big… and knows how to use it. Bone!”
And the message behind it is? Well I think you get it. I’m too young to be railroaded into listening to TALK RADIO all of the time in my car. A girl (like myself) likes to bounce around at a stop light or two to the local FM hip hop stations, but it’s just not happening. The last time I danced in my car, at the light, had to have been 2 summers ago. As of recent, you can find me in my car silent, (listening to NPR Radio) or waving my mock-maestro hand to the classical concertos that feed their segway changes. It just isn’t right. I was raised on hip hop and I thought it would never stop. Now I’m praying that the current rap slop on the radio will be arrested. I love Lil’ Wayne, but he ain’t talking about nothing neither is Nikki Menaj. Drake is okay, but he’s not quite a rapper. Now there is a hip hop guy that I have been feeling as of late, but he’s not on the local airways – he’s mostly online. I met him on Twitter through one of FabNewYorks Re-Twits [RT], his name is JASIRIX and today he nearly stands alone in his fresh approach to being socially and economically aware in his rap messages & videos. There are staple legends in the rap game that are known for doing “exactly that”, like KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Most Def, Common – but naturally, they get next to NO AIRTIME on local radio stations. Perhaps it’s because their lyrics make you think too deeply. What do you think? Are you thinking?
Which rap artist are flooding your local radio stations and what are their moral messages on a whole? Are LL Cool J, Jay-Z & Ice Cube out of sound messages? Does a banging beat really need raggedy lyrics? Lately I’ve opted for the instrumentals. They provide me the jam I want to jerk my body too and because there’s no auto tune vocals atop of it, I am able to think my own thoughts or even freestyle aloud with no artist interruption. What’s rap without the rap artist? A hip hop instrumental track. Soooo Has Rap taken a Wrap? Is it possible to revise the legendary format and chart a literal come back?
‘Definitely looking forward to that.