Posts Tagged ‘Hip Hop’

Dear young people under 25, ( I might be stretching it here):

A few days ago many of you might have checked your Facebook news feed and Twittery tweets and have seen all of your older relatives posting videos and “R.I.P” in mourning the loss of one of the greatest contributors to the musical genre of hip hop, Dwight “Heavy D” Myers. Maybe some of you have actually been raised to properly appreciate old school music and felt a smidgeon of what we feel. Perhaps some of you just scratched your head in puzzled thought and then took to Google and Youtube and put his name in the search box and took to educating yourselves.

Perhaps you kicked back and listened to songs such as “We Got Our Own Thing”, “Is It Good To You”, “Truthful” and got another glimpse into what people  older than you miss. Hopefully you dug a little deeper and have at least once in your life heard “They Reminisce Over You”  by Pete Rock and CL Smooth (production lyrical gold my dears), hell even songs such as “Candy Rain” and “Every Little Thing I Do” by Soul For Real ( a Skate Key staple back in my time) Maybe you got a little bit of understanding as to why we lament the true death of a genre. Don’t get it twisted, hip hop/rap was  viewed as crappy back then too, the music of the youth is always viewed as shitty. But trust me, the shit that passes as music that ya’ll listen to is REALLY shitty.

Once upon a time, young people, hip hop music was indeed a party. It was a party, thought-inducing, and in general, GOOD. You young fucks don’t know what you were missing. Heavy D was a person who could dance his ass off. He was able to rhyme and present his lyrics in a classy fashion. No profanity, no calling women hoes and bitches, no false bragging about shit he didn’t have. He was a producer, a lyricist and an artist. And he’s gone.

Life is short and fleeting as we all know. His last performance being his first in fifteen years, and he rocked it, just like he rocked a party back then. It might have embarrassed some of you to watch your parents, aunts, uncles or brothers and sisters old enough to remember what it felt like to go to a house party and dance without the bumpin’ and grindin’ booty-shaking that passes as dancing now.

The passing of Heavy D doesn’t encompass all the reasons of why hip hop today has gone on a downward spiral, in my view, since we reached the 2000’s. There are way more factors. But it does hit home listening to all his old songs, really listening to them now that it has hit that he will no longer come out with anything else besides his latest and now unfortunately, last album “Love Opus”.  Hip hop lost its way once artists and lyricists went out the window and unrealistic stories became reality. It lost its way when lyrics saying “ok, jump off a building/jump out a window/smoke like a junky/and fuck like a nympho.” are repeated in statuses, in actions and viewed as hot (what the FUCK is Lil’ Wayne talking about 95% of the time??).  This post alone won’t hold all my opinions, so I’m breaking it down in sections because I have a lot say on my view on this…

Stay tuned crumbsnatchers.