HHF Opinion: New Rap Style (if you call it that!)?

Written by Nobodee Jones

The death of the lyricist Is a reality that has the nerve of hip hop heads and hip hop culture irked. The cats that laid this ish down, right? See this is where my opinion may clash with some. It could also be that I may need to be enlighten on the culture perhaps. A cat ain’t above learning or derailing my own ignorance. Yet if I gather this ish right hip hop’s cultural music, rap didn’t start in the conscious mind of correcting the ills and “keep it real” philosophies or the tight quips and spit of the world or by shining lights on the black and grey matters of Ghetto and Po’ville, USA. In fact, it was more like to get your mind off the bullish and f*ckery that every town and country had burdened my folks with. True dat a cat was not immersed in the era that birthed the culture, so all this is a second hand account of his story. Yet I recall the talks from older cats of days when it was a delight to hear raps from the gang in sugar hill. The artistry that made flash a grandmaster, and the how Flex mastered the funk. [On another note: My thought actually reflects back to the tales of DJ’s mastering the breakbeats and looping. Giving cats ammo to bust out backflips, backspins, windmills, and robotic moves.] But when cats started rapping It felt more braggadocious and to keep the party live.

Now we fast forward to the hip hop scene today. True, a cat really isn’t into a lot of the music getting built up or pumped by mainstream and media so much. A lot of these cats just saying box ‘cause it rhyme with socks and they ride the rhyming to deliver bull-ish glazed over with a “catchy hook” Now, the question is this. Isn’t this just party music, turn up tunes, or get lit hits, whatever you want to call it? Ok, now they even got the culture throwed. The whole wardrobe is some bull-ish. The technicality of making tights out of jean material got these cats on some real Gangstalicious ish. But here’s another throwback thought tho. Remember the era of disco or what I call that “purple era” with Prince, Morris Day, and cats like them. Know what I’m talking about? That time when these cats was dressing up in spandex and frills and wearing make -up and all other androgynous tomfoolery (not the word I wanted take out fool and at sex act + ery)? Sometimes this ish seems like a cycle and you get a certain type a cat that gets in touch with his inner bird and then call that shit fly. Just saying, these cats aren’t too different than those cats.

Back on the point tho. Trap music and trap beats aren’t the death of hip hop lyricism. Those beats don’t determine the course of the culture. In fact, the music is significant in showing growth of the culture in the creation of another subgenre of sound. The issue is that some of these new cats don’t give a ish as long as they get the fame and the money.  Check this, I don’t force my kids to listen to any genre. What appeals to the soul can’t be told but if they want to know what hip hop is, I school em.   (i.e. Hustle, & Lil DJ.)These kittens now a days don’t know the history and at this point, it probably wouldn’t matter if they did. Not as long as the standard for a successful track is a tight beat and a nice hook. {sidebar: Oh this is what happens when industry comes into play. If you lower the bar for acceptable work, let’s say lyricism, you then increase the abundance of lyricist. We all love a good beat. So get a neck dancer track, make that head sway. So now the paradigm shifts to DJ’s & producers cause you can throw bull-ish on it and it still jam.  Recall the verse in planet rock, we still jammed and sang along with that za za za…just sayin’) Maybe its growing pains of the culture? You know that time when you woke up and had head full of white head embarrassment spread across ya face. So here’s one perspective; these kittens mumbling on the mic with their generic bars and flamboyant presentation of themselves cannot kill lyricism in the game. It’s true that if you dub it Hip-Hop or rap music it’s a bit offensive how I see it. Its like taking the art form backwards an that’s the ish that gets under the skin.  This is why you gotta  keep ya ears open for  cats like Prynce Tone, Southside Louie, J. Israel, Diggz Da Prophecy & La Dub Z,  The culture is amidst an industrial hostile takeover and these little cats do not know or care they pawns, they out for they scratch.

Mic Check – The Idiocy of Mumble Rappers | EP.02ble Rap…

This is the direction of mainstream. It’s a money game. The standard has been lowered and they undermining the worth and skill of a lyricist.  Got these kittens treating the lyrics like an accompaniment instrument. This is an offense to the Hip-Hop Culture.  Its nonsensical verbal upchucks and folks confusing the smell of this as real shit cause they throw in references to the life of struggle and hustle in that word vomit. Nothing like songs by artist like  King Cobb, Banner, Flame Da Darkchild , & Ratt Boi, Mainstream don’t play them but play that bullish and you know what happens if you hear the same tune over and over, regardless if you hate it. You gone find yourself humming or singing it.  Not knocking these kids hustle, neva that. They only PROVE the need for RAWR Radio, and that cats we spin; D-Dot Jewels, Tha Message, M.O.D tha Hardhead, Kelly Machete, & Dre K.B along with the great avenues for artist and hip hop culture like Big B Show, Hip-Hop Forum, Cro Audio-& Video Studios, and Labels like CTOWN  Records, MilliUp, Open Window Ent., Over the Top Ent., and  GamFamTV.

 

James “Nobodee Jones” Horton, co-owner, online broadcaster, personality for RAWR Radio based in Ardmore, Ok. Born in Ardmore, OK raised in Atlanta, GA. Pays homage to hip hop culture through RAWR Radio weekend Show cast via Mixlr.com online. RAWR Radio itself grew from a personal need that mainstream hip-hop is failing to produce. Although still in the early stages the shows continue to see growth. We feature Unsigned Underground artist. Real radio, just like you like your Hip-Hop! From the heart but not for the overly sensitive. Check out the RAWR website and stay connected with Nobodee Jones and RAWR Radio on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,Soundcloud,Google+. RAWR! 
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