Why Your Hip Hop Sucks….Part III

Posted: November 16, 2011 in Entertainment, Music

I am now going to end my opine about why Hip Hop today just in general sucks more than a rookie hooker on her first night. To recap briefly, I laid out a small piece of its histoy, a very infinitesimal piece, in an attempt to make anyone that reads this who is may not really like or know what it is, or was. Now as promised, I’m going to do my own personal psycho-analyzing of everything I feel that is wrong with the music, the videos, the lifestyle in no particular order. Some might agree with me but it’s still just my view.

Mainstream Whoring: Now, I am pretty sure that when it began, no one really thought that Hip Hop would become the $7 billion industry that it is. As aformentioned, even though it was going out to the masses, there was still a purity to it, an untainted quality. People were forming their own record companies and labels, producing and recording their music and getting it out there in their way. Radio stations were playing it, parties and clubs were playing it and people were listening. And that is part of where the problem began. Once upon a time Hip Hop then indeed have something to say, there was a point and a message. The definition of mainstream music is music that is un-threatening, the current thought of the majority. In other words its conforming and pussified. Listening to most music now, it all comes down to an image, sound and what’s hot. It’s then wrapped up in a nice little package and given to be retained and regurgitated. And it’s usually talking about smoking blunts, flashy cars, boats and hoes. Subliminal Mind-fucking 101.

Death of the DJ:  Somewhere, not exactly sure when, (more than likely the 90’s) the DJ was pretty much removed out of the equation of Hip Hop groups and shows. The DJ to me was always one of the most essential parts. I’m not talking about these fuckwads who plug-in their I-pods and Apple computers and click on their playlist of the night. I’m talking about the man (or woman) who went out and bought vinyl records faithfully, and worked on their mixing/matching, scratching and juggling skills. No offense to the likes of DJ Khaled and all the others, but they ain’t shit. Back then they would have been booed off the stage. The artistry, the pure poetry of the art of DJ-ing isn’t fully lost but it’s been repressed, submerged. It is basically what the royal family of England is..a figurehead with no real power.

The Sluttification of the Female EmCee:  The top female rapper (notice I didn’t call her an emcee) is Nicki Minaj, and I’m amazed at the fuckery of it all. I’m sure someone might call me a “hater” but that is far from the case. I’ve actually heard some of her stuff prior to this Barbie/Romanovski or whatever the hell she calls this split-personality, MPD bullshit and I prefer her then as opposed to now.( Not to take away from her success because obviously people are buying into it but, Barbie? Seriously?)  But it really doesn’t even begin with her. It became acceptable for a female artist to take off her clothes more and have less REAL skill. Mediocrity became acceptable and sex became the selling point. Not just Nicki, but Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and all those other ones too, I was never an avid fan of any of them either. And I’m sure I will get some people who might bite my head off about it but, seriously, how many possible ways can you talk about sucking a dick and put it to music? Once upon a time, I grew up with a song called “U.N.I.T.Y” and dared a mofo to call me a bitch. And that was in Junior High School. Today not so the case anymore. I am not saying a woman has to deny her sexuality but is that ALL there is? Women I love/loved to listen to  like Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Sha-Rock, Mystic, Jean Grae are no longer the standard but the memory, the “underground” and ways of the old. The motherfucking alternative.

Rapping becoming synonymous with Hip Hop: Ask the average person “What’s the difference between rapping and Hip Hop?” and more than likely you will get the same answer “It’s the same.” But um, no, it is not. Hell no it ‘s not.  KRS-One said “Rap is something you do, Hip Hop is something you live.” and that’s pretty much true. Simple and to the point. Rapping is just one part of Hip Hop, anyone can make words rhyme. Fuck Dr. Seuss did that. Hip Hop on the whole as I said before IS a culture: rhyming, lyricism, dancing, graffiti, the nine. Everything has now been separated like an egg instead of all being apart of the recipe.

Messages of Fuckery: To be blunt… I have no idea what the fuck anyone is really talking about these days. But it all seems to boil down to how many blunts are being smoked, how hot their cars are, how many bitches they have, how many haters they acquire. And none of that is realistic.  To quote Nas “Throw a famous bitch on the hook and there you go with a platinum CD.” (or I-tunes download). It boggles me that artists such as Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, The Roots, Immortal Technique are considered as underground and alternative rap. Even though they are still somewhat successful, they do not really reach the tumultuous popularity of people such as Lil Wayne, Lil B, Lil Bun or whoever the fuck is out. (How many of these “Lil” motherfuckers do we need?). The messages that once encouraged young men and women to educate themselves, read and comprehend, stay AWAY from drugs, carrying guns and acting out violence is now instigated, glorified and perpetuated as real. And kids are eating it up. Five-year-old girls are talking about “Please tell him who the eff I is.” and can stripper pop their booties before they can write their names. Pretty fuckin’ sad.

From Video Model to Video Ho: There was a time when a male Hip Hop artists used women in their videos. They were pretty, sexy, classy and dressed. They weren’t all stripperfied (yes, I know that isn’t an official word) being groped on film. There was a bit of dignity. They were models in a real sense. But again sex sells, right? Who wants to see a woman being sexy , yet, conducting herself in a way conducive to an image of self-respect and intelligent sexuality? That won’t make a video. Coochie poppin’ and five-point stands is what’s needed! Maybe some oiled up legs while grinding and humping the fender of a Maybach with your labia barely covered by a piece of metallic, stretch Lycra to boot.

Dancing: Yep. Dancing. B-Boys and B-Girls. Artists came out with party bangers AND had a dance to go with it. When I grew up..you wasn’t jack shit if you couldn’t do the latest dance and even then the dances had to make some sort of SENSE. The Humpty, The Kid ‘N Play and the like. Dances that were such a work out that if you didn’t leave the floor sweating then we had a problem. But most importantly it made a party fun as hell. Now all you have to do is bend over and get anal probed through your ho-wear. Oh, my mistake..people only post up on the wall and two-step while Summer’s Eve Betty grinds up on them.

While that certainly isn’t all that’s wrong and sucky about the status of Hip Hop, it’s just my view as I said. Pretty sure I could come up with more if thinking about it didn’t depress the shit out of me. And it’s depressing enough. Hip Hop is gone. Hip Hop to me is akin to the one that got away. You didn’t realize what you had until it’s gone and no matter what comes along, it will never be that, it will never give you that “ooh” feeling, never give you that excitement, never give you that “gotta go cop it” feeling. Today’s Hip Hop will never really give you what my Hip Hop gave me….a voice, something to think about, a party and hope.

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