Sunday, June 23, 2013

THE DEATH OF HIP HOP

I have been listening to Hip Hop for years. Since back when it had an actual message. My favorites were Black Sheep, NWA, and Kool Moe Dee. That should give you insight on how long I've been a fan. The first album I ever purchased on my own dollar was the classic, 'It Was Written' by the king Escobar himself, Nas. I would get ready for my day while I bump Affirmative Action and get it pushing. Today Hip Hop meshes with so many other music genres that rap artist are getting opportunities that they could never even have dreamed of.
On the flip side, all of this collaborating and genre crossing has watered down the art so bad that it now tastes like Kool-Aid with not enough sugar. While I understand that collaboration is necessary, where do you draw the line? Lil Wayne sounds like AC/DC, Drake croons so much on his albums I forget at least once a day he is actually a rapper, Jay-Z is now releasing albums for the sake of releasing, and don't even get me started on the child's finger painting that is 'Yeezus' released by Kanye. While the new J.Cole ft Nas track 'Made Nas Proud' has undoubtedly restored some of my faith in hip hop, this questionable move I'm hearing Waka Flocka is rumored to be gearing up to make would definitely push a lot of people hanging on by a thread, including myself, to quit purchasing mainstream hip hop music. It is rumored that Waka Flocka will be producing Amanda Bynes album of all people. There are a million lyricists out there pushing self published albums and sound clouding it up and for him to pull a move like this is just preposterous! I am a fan of Waka, and no love lost, but if this happens I can't say that I would still claim as such. Amanda Bynes hasn't been in a movie since 2006, no one under 27 outside of twitter even knows who she is. I am trying to figure out if maybe Waka is trying to capitalize off the fact that the world is waiting for her crazy ass to crash and burn. There are so many REAL lyricists out there that would kill for Waka to produce their album and I cannot for the life of me see this ending well. Amanda Bynes!? Really!? It hasn't been confirmed by any camp but Amanda has taken to heavily corresponding with him on twitter and even giving his Canada show a few shout outs. Amanda Bynes needs to stay in her lane and try getting another goddamn movie because if she is rapping, who the hell is writing them bars for her? I wish much success to Waka Flocka in his career but I'm afraid he may become remembered as the idiot that took on Amanda Bynes' weird ass. I am definitely watching and waiting. Hip Hop is on life support and Amanda Bynes is the bacteria that's attempting to kill it!
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