Hip Hop Is Dead??

Here lies Hip Hop??
Here lies Hip Hop??
Damn Nas, ever since he named his 2006 album “Hip Hop Is Dead”, people born 1979 and earlier have declared the death of our once beloved genre of music. Nas himself did not come up with the phrase, but gave a mainstream voice to those that have felt let down by the change in the music that us 80’s babies grew up on.

While the younger generation may not know or understand what we mean when we say Hip Hop Is Dead, the older generation is left to scratch our heads at what is being passed off for hip hop these days. Refusing to listen to mainstream radio other than contemporary R&B stations, we are left with personalized radio stations using programs such as Pandora, Spotify, Aol radio or satellite radio. Feeling neglected and betrayed, we not only feel that we lost our voice, but that we, the Hip Hop generation, are going the way of the Mayans.

Instead of quality Hip Hop, the only thing you hear on the radio is 1000 variations of the same song, and people that have no business touching a microphone, using Hip Hop as a get rich quick scheme. Instead of Hip Hop with a message, we are instructed to “bust it wide open”, mix sprite with our Robitussin, or turn up in the club. Rappers are using other people’s life stories as their own while, letting our black women think that they aren’t shit but a twerk video.

Who is to blame for the de-evolution of hip hop? Is it the artists? Radio executives? Or the consumers? If you ask me I’ll say all three, but more of the onus is on us the consumers. We, the original hip hop generation sat by while the rug was pulled from underneath us by major record labels and radio stations. Many of us were so caught up in getting money, money that most of us had never seen before that we didn’t stop to ask at what cost.

Not to be all doom and gloom but on contrary quality Hip Hop is alive and well and just like the revolution it will not be televised. The culture of hip hop (b-boying, mcing, graffiti, djing and the knowledge) may appear to be on life support but if you take the road less traveled and actually dig you will find that quality hip hop is still being made it’s just not on mainstream radio or video outlets.

Quality hip hop can not be suppressed since it’s a culture and a way of life. You cannot kill something that defines an entire generation while providing a sound track to their lives.

(Additional insights provided by Mrs. Breazy)

So do you agree or disagree with the statement that Hip Hop is dead?

Talk to me, I’ll talk back.

Breazy Moe Bee.

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14 thoughts on “Hip Hop Is Dead??

    1. I agree. For better or worst today’s mainstream artists are helping Hip Hop’s expansion. The only problem is a lot of today’s music isn’t reflective of what we consider “REAL” Hip Hop. Every generation has their own version of what is hip hop and unfortunately what’s being played on the radio today isn’t reflective of what those born in the late 70’s would consider true hip hop.

  1. a very to the point piece. As an older demographic for the Hip Hop Nation, we talk about this alot but get shunned by the new for being to old in our culture. In every genre of music there’s been some sort of acknowledgement for their contributions to the artform all except Hip Hop. “Take it like a champ, old man” is what I’ve heard in lyrics so…..yeah the respect for our legends dimminished.

  2. Us Negroes are lost. In soooo many ways. And many people are hurt, hurting, and filled with despair and depression that allows all of this current nonsense to proliferate, and be accepted via the vehicle of mass media. -RAP- (not Hip Hop), reflects this.

    1. In wouldn’t go that far. I think that because Hip Hop has become a multibillion dollar industry the younger generation isn’t/or doesn’t care about the origins of Hip Hop. Hip Hop is not a passing fad, as a matter of fact Hip Hop is a way of life for some. The younger generation only sees what we allow them to see, thus make the kind of music that fills today’s air waves. People want to down today’s generation but truth be told there are more than a few artists keeping the torch lit. I do agree a lot of today’s hip hop is not up to par but what do you expect when us the older generation are too busy judging and pointing fingers instead of educating?

  3. I also agree..Hip hop is not dead, hell everyone wants a piece of the pie so it’s saturated right now. But it’s not dead, it may not be what we grew up on but if you look hard enough it’s there. “Honestly I like what the young boys are doing”

    1. It will never be like it was when we were growing up. But I do think that this is the new Golden Era and the reason why I say that is because the game is over saturated like you said, there are more rappers than before. Which means there are more “quality and substance filled rappers”, there just not on the radio. If we stop being so lazy and blinded by mainstream radio and actually do our homework and search below the surface we’ll find there a lot of so called real emcees with a message. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Hip hop isn’t dead it’s just gone back to where it came from…underground. Look for it and you’ll find the music worth listening to.

  5. Rap is easily confused as hip-hop as a culture. Rap is easily sold but the culture lives in the streets and the streets will never die. Eventually mainstraim america will get tired of rap music and it will come back home where it belongs.

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