Let’s Bring Hip-Hop Back

Hip Hop is dead!

Nas – Hip Hop is Dead, Hip Hop is Dead
…Everybody sound the same, commercialize the game,
Reminiscin’ when it wasn’t all business,
It forgot where it started,
So we all gather here for the dearly departed,
Hip Hopper since a toddler,
One homeboy became a man, then a mobster,
If it dies, let me get my last swig of Vodka,
R.I.P., we’ll donate your lungs to a rasta,
Went from turntables to MP3’s,
From “Beat Street” to commercials on Mickey D’s,
From gold cables to Jacobs,
From plain facials to Botox and face lifts…

So proclaimed Nas in his platinum selling song (see side bar for sample lyrics). This song sent shockwaves through everyone within earshot of a speaker. Fans, the media and artists alike have long rumored that Hip Hop was soon coming to an end and may go the way of Disco.

Many have even made it their mission to see that it does for various reasons. Enduring the attacks, Hip Hop has emerged bruised and battered but optimistic and eager to recover. While Hip Hop is not dead, it is now in critical condition. It is calling out for help yet we can’t hear its cries!

A cry for help

I heard the cries and I took Hip Hop into my arms like a crying baby and asked him “What’s wrong?”. Long a fan of Hip Hop, I listened carefully as the trials and tribulations were delivered to me. What I heard wasn’t good. People had been misrepresenting Hip Hop, tarnishing its image, profiting from its popularity and not giving back. But worst of all, people were creating an inferior product and labeling it Hip Hop. So much of this music was in circulation, people began to accept it as the real thing.

Like a Rubik’s Cube with it’s sides painted to appear to have been solved, on the surface everything appears to be fine to new comers but the veterans know that we’ve been cheated. Too long have we sat in silence and watched as the quality of Hip Hop go down the drain.

Others have taken notice

Here is what others have to say about the demiese of Hip Hop…

 

Is Hip Hop Dead? – Walter Dawkins

Is hip hop dead? It sure sounds like it if you turn on the radio. What used to be exciting, groundbreaking music seems to have been reduced to a one-note din. The only topics discussed are bling-bling materialism, how many guns you have, and “ho’s.”…more

Is Hip Hop Really Dead? – DaveyD

A number of people, including this writer, also had spoken out about mediocre product coming from some of the genre’s biggest stars. Yet such talk was rebuffed by so-called industry experts, who blamed digital downloading and satellite radio.A number of people, including this writer, also had spoken out about mediocre product coming from some of the genre’s biggest stars. Yet such talk was rebuffed by so-called industry experts, who blamed digital downloading and satellite radio…more

Why I Gave Up On Hip Hop – Lonnae O’Neal Parker

I don’t know the day things changed for me. When the music began to seem so obviously divorced from any truth and, just as unforgivably, devoid of most creativity. I don’t know when my love turned to contempt and my contempt to fury. Maybe it happened as my children got older and I longed for music that would speak to them the way hip hop had once spoken to me.more

Who killed Hip Hop radio?! – Samantha Greaves

Let’s face it; radio just isn’t what it use to be. The same songs play all the time- sometimes at the same time of the day everyday-and most of us are good and ready to burn our radio’s and scatter it’s ashes in the near by river. more

These are just a few examples of others who love Hip Hop and have noticed it’s decline. But there is still hope!