What Happened To Hip Hop?

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    ryankettposted 8 years ago

    Where did hip-hop go? Has it been lost? Can somebody point me in the direction of something currently on offer which brings something new to the table?

    Hip-hop, once one of Americas greatest exports, doesn't seem so great anymore - if the talentless cretin Lil Wayne is all that you have to offer...

    This is what I am talking about....

    The Pharcyde
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co3qMdku … re=related

    Wu Tang

    etc etc etc.... where is the REAL hip hop? The lyrical talent? The innovate beats?

    Has hip-hop died? Feel free to point me into the direction of something decent....

    1. Jim Hunter profile image59
      Jim Hunterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "Has hip-hop died?"

      God I hope so.

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        Brenda Durhamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Me too!

  2. sunforged profile image71
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    Im not quite as adept at finding new music as I once was, It would seem you have similar tastes as I though.

    ... A tribe called quest, KRS-ONE, Mos-def, Slick Rick and Nas as examples of music I miss:

    I would point out that "real" hip hop still very much exists It can be found on street corners and car trunks across the world being sold in individually made and small label productions.

    Your two examples are quite disparate (early west coast :Pharcyde and early east coast:WuTang)

    Two good places to start:

    The Wake Up Show:

    and Last.fm ( put in bands you like, get recommendations for similar music) .. i get exposed to new and old music alike that really fits my taste as a result of letting last.fm play in the background.

    http://www.last.fm/listen/artist/The%2B … larartists

    1. Sufidreamer profile image82
      Sufidreamerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I'll try that, SF - not sure if my slow connection can handle streams, but it is worth a shot.

      Ryan - it is a few years since I was a member, but I used to subscribe to emusic.com for 90 downloads per month. They specialise in niche markets rather than the mainstream pap. I found loads of really old punk stuff on there and they also have an excellent recommendations and similar artists section. smile

      I think that they have a free trial, so it might be worth giving it a try and seeing if you can find some hip-hop. I like old school rap, but never really listened to much hip-hop, so I can't be any more help than that, I am afraid.

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      ryankettposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes I know the stuff of Quest, Nas and Mos-Def....

      Last.Fm seems like a good idea, I always forget about that place

      I liked Jurassic 5 too. To be honest I prefer non-aggressive hip hop, but Wu Tang were an exception....

      The only recent stuff that I have liked is DJ Format and the stuff he did with Abdominal.... it seems like Hip hop has emigrated to Toronto!

      I will go and check out that Wake Up stuff now... will keep me busy for an hour, thanks smile

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      ryankettposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nas is still quality though, a lot of strong messages in his tracks.


  3. Joy56 profile image75
    Joy56posted 8 years ago

    is that good music Ryan

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      ryankettposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Could you make it?

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        bsscorpio8posted 8 years agoin reply to this


      2. Joy56 profile image75
        Joy56posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        no i could not, but i am so old and fuddy duddy, that i cannot tell whether it is good or  not......

  4. Me, Steve Walters profile image67
    Me, Steve Waltersposted 8 years ago

    Maybe...hip-hop...flip-flopped? But, I think those that still love it...still listen to it and hold it with high esteem. It was never my style...but I do like all the cool rhymes!

  5. Nustylze profile image59
    Nustylzeposted 8 years ago

    Hey Ryan,

    I like you and many others have been waiting for some kind of real talent to emerge from hip hop, however most of it has gone commercial in an effort to make money. There is very little passion in the genre anymore. I first would say to you and anybody else that everything out right now isn't bad people just aren't listening the right way. And that anyone who thinks hip hop is just about money women and drugs have never really heard this "jazz birthed" art form. I would encourage you and all those who have never really HEARD Hip Hop to check out - "Revolutions Per Minute" by (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) Talib is probably the best MC on the planet, but that's another argument. Also there is an unsigned artist in Atlanta by the name of Stanza that is pretty sharp lyrically. So to answer your question, real hip hop is not dead........it just doesn't get any radio play! Hope this helps.

    1. bsscorpio8 profile image59
      bsscorpio8posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      It just smells funny.


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