I Heard Hip Hop is Dead
Now I might be too late to let people know, but I’m fed-up of people putting Hip-Hop music down. The art form as any other art form will have products of varying substance, given the fast pace of life and culture today people consume and are fed what I consider to be Pop music which in my world is a genre-less classification of music that is simply popular (yes I know Pop is a genre but try to understand what I’m saying!) Most of today’s Hip-Hop that that are chart topper is actually Pop Hip-Hop, to be consumed immediately and forgotten.Another factor that affects the quality of music is that the majority of rap artist are young between 10 to 25 years of age and its consumer base is still relatively young also of the same age group, but I must acknowledge that there are young artists that release products of a very high-caliber in concept and execution. however, Hip-Hop like video games have not fully hit that maturity point, but if Rock music can be used as a barometer as that aging “new kid” on the block soon Hip-Hop will have a large audience over 50 years, and this audience will need songs with a little more substance and finesse, a fact hinted to by the success of recent albums of Jay-Z. As I stated most people listen to highly processed music in almost every genre and then assume that what they heard is the total of what there is out there, well I picked a few tracks that I think embodies what I think is good Hip-Hop some of the artists are commercial successes some are not but all created really great tracks, but this list is in no way exhaustive or complete.