April 24, 2014
So I’m riding home listening to the radio and thought for the umpteenth time to myself, WHY do all of these songs now-a-days sound like ONE BIG HOOK??? I sat there yelling sounding like a throwback to the 80s Wendy’s “wheeeere’s the beef” commercial except I’m saying “wheeeere’s the verse…wheeeere’s the verse?!?!” And yes I get that it doesn’t take a whole lot more than a great beat to “turn all the way up” in the clubs now but dayuuuum, it’s hard out here for a real hip-hop fan!
Plus when you have artists like OutKast and Nas celebrating their 20-year anniversary in the game, it’s makes you realize how far we’ve come and GONE in the rap game. Granted I am not the target demo anymore for the average rap artist BUT I am still a fan, was raised in the culture, I still buy records and I still buy concert tix! Also, clever wordplay or a HOT rhyme used to make my body tremble to the core like…
“True I got more fans than the average man But not enough loot to last me.. to the end of the week I live by the beat like you live check to check…If you don’t move yo’ foot then I don’t eat, so we like neck to neck” – Andre 3000 (“Elevators” )
“If skills sold, truth be told, I’d probably be lyrically, Talib Kweli/ Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense / But I did five mill – I ain’t been rhymin’ like Common since” – Jay Z (“Moment of Clarity”)
“Well it’s the M – I – crooked letter, ain’t no one better…And when I’m on the microphone you best to wear your sweater
Cause I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails..Oh hell, there he go again talking that sh*t…Bend, corner’s like I was a curve, I struck a nerve” – Bio Boi (ATLiens”)
“Somebody wake me I’m dreaming, I started as a seed the semen…swimming upstream, planted in the womb while screaming” – 2 Pac (“Still I Rise”)
I could go on and on with CRAZY verses from Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Rakim, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Emenim, Ludacris, T.I., Cube, Lil Kim, Scarface, Big Daddy Kane, Nikki and more! It is depressing when you have such a shortage of goods in the rap game. At least we have Drake (singing alot but it’s hot), Kendrick, J Cole and a few others planting solid seeds! And I am sorry if I have offended anyone, but I just want a fresh start and I want these young emcees, I mean young rappers to step up their game, especially if they want longevity. They might sell a millions singles and make it rain in the strip club but will they sell multi platinum albums…will their music get licensed? will they create such a rabid fan base that will buy all of your merch? will they sell out stadiums or be able to do arena tours? They need to expand their rhymes, reach and reality!
Have fun but tell me about your pain, share your real stories and create a lyrically visual trip for me when I listen to your music. We need more real hip-hop TV shows like Yo! MTV Raps, Rap City or more Sprite/BET cyphers to call out some of this whack juice. Don’t get me wrong, we all love a good party or club record but there is no balance in the culture when the bar is too low to be raised….
A concerned Hip-Hop Professional,
Shanti “Shoestring” Das