You know what time it is!!!! It’s time for Breazy to beat on the storm drums and release The RAIN! With a lull in new hip hop albums this week, I’d like to take the time to address the now ten- year- old theory that hip hop is dead. I must say openly that I have been a staunch advocate for this theory. My reasoning for this is due to the quality of hip hop being played on FM radio stations. I’m showing my age here, but we were fortunate back in the day to get balance in the Tri-State area. The DJ might have spun Geto Boys, “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” right after PE’s, “Don’t Trust It” then hit you with the De La, “Buddy-Native Tongue Remix”. So in a nine minute span, I got all in my soul, revolutionary, gangsta, and good vibes. These days, if it ain’t what you wearing, how many mollies can you pop, or what hoodrat is going low, then it’s not getting spins.
This is the reason why hip hop heads have gravitated by the hundreds to Internet/satellite radio, along with becoming their own DJ with whatever digital MP3 device they own. Now don’t peg me a square who doesn’t enjoy a social life. You’d better believe that General RAIN loves to get it in!! My point is this, I don’t want to Lean Back or Shoulder Lean on my way to the J-O-B. I want to hear something that’ll let me know that it’ll be alright and to keep strong black man, keep strong.
Believe me, I fully understand business and the art of making money, but I can’t condone it when it comes at the price of selling out the masses. You wonder why society is fucked up when you confuse the listener to a twisted point of view that this is socially acceptable. Well, there’s more to this but we are talking music here, not geo-politics.
Recently over the last few years, there has been a renaissance in hip hop that has refuted the myth that hip hop is dead. Actually, hip hop is not at all dead; it’s quite alive and is ready to return to its former glory, as a culture and art form that can be taken seriously. Leading the way is a group of emcees, 30 and younger, who truly understand what it means to grab the mic. Ladies and gentlemen, hip hoppers all around, I present to you my Renaissance School:
Oddisee and the Diamond District
Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab Soul)
Von Pea of Tanya Morgan
Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era
Rhapsody (gotta get a femcee in here)
These youngins are not only nice with it, but they are all versatile. They bring a certain element that is sorely needed in hip hop and none of them sound like the other. I’m all for balance like I mentioned earlier. Some days I wanna get thuggish; some days I need my soul battery charged; and some days, I just want a brew in hand with a nice juicy ass getting me riled up to get my groove on.
If some of those names aren’t on your radar, then you need to adjust that shit and enjoy. This has been another General RAIN PSA, sponsored by the good people at Border Patrol and Corner Politics!!!!!
Don’t forget you can holla atcha ya boy @RAINofBp