With the advent of technology and the ability to access music in what seems like an unlimited fashion, it’s safe to say that rap, a well as most music from the past, has definitely shown signs of aging. But is that a bad thing? Not necessarily.
Earlier this week, Public Enemy hype-man Flavor Flav said artists like Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj are “making great rap records, but they aren’t making great Hip-Hop records.” The multi instrumentalist and former reality TV star continued to state that “the element of Hip-Hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo. There’s no more of that ‘wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care’- you know, something that makes you want to go out there and breakdance.”
Coming from a more critical perspective, DMC of the highly influential Run DMC said that artists like Jay Z and Lil Wayne “ain’t hot; it’s just they’re programmed so many times people are brainwashed. Now you got the same 12 records being played over and over again.”
While both of these artists do make valuable points, it’s only fair to state the fact that their newest projects, as well as their influence, have not been that significant over the past few years in the world of Hip-Hop. Though PE dropped both Most of My Heroes Don’t Appear on No Stamp and The Evil Empire of Everything last year, they haven’t been able to carry that much weight with the newer projects. Also, why would we want to hear more of the same stuff over and over again? Music thrives when innovation occurs; we’ve got conscious rappers like KRS-One & Immortal Technique, but I’m guessing you probably don’t want to hear lyrics about how corrupted our political systems are when you’re up in the club. There’s a time and place for everything and the artists of today will continue to offer their own perspectives, whether you enjoy their music or not.
This week, we’ve got some tracks that you may have missed from Willie the Kid, e-dubble, Lucas Rivers, J Goody, and Bobby Capri.
1) Willie the Kid (feat. Alchemist) – “Bad Mistake”
2) e-dubble – “Jailbreak”
3) Lucas Rivers – “Rising”
4) J Goody – “Art Gallery”
5) Bobby Capri (feat. Jon Connor) – “American Dream”