I haven't bothered with Hip Hop much over the past decade, aside from underground powerhouse Immortal Technique, b/c in my opinion the tracks of the past 10 years haven't truly made a statement.
My thought has basically been, "I hear you, but what are you saying?"
Quote from the article:
"Originally, rappers emphasized luxurious lifestyles to inspire their listeners. Biggie's long list of toys on "Juicy" offered hope for those who felt trapped by poverty."
Beyond ambition, however, I've always felt strongly about message.
That's what artists do. We impart a message. We observe our world, we analyze it, and we break it down for our audience with the hope they'll gain a better understanding OF our world, and how to go about improving our place in it.
Not by entitlement.
Not by demands.
And certainly not by holding true to hypocritical, archaic, and misguided notions.
Create the moment of success.
Not by engaging, or perpetuating criminal activity, but by finding your niche…honing your craft, and fueling your ambition.
The adage: "The world is yours, take it!"
We can only hope that Hip Hop & a new generation are revived by a powerful message & the messenger.
Because let's face it… all these young cats who emulate the tired image of failed rappers-past need to learn that to become your own man, you need to BE your own man, not a photocopy of someone else.