Hip-hop used to be aggressive, smart and underground. Now it’s soft, dumb, and mainstream. Like rock, punk and metal, it was for the outcast, now it’s for the brainwashed masses.
The problem with hip-hop and rappers nowadays is that they don’t stand for anything positive. Rap songs used to tell tales of rags-to-riches. Growing up in negative environments yet persevering, overcoming obstacles and finding success against the odds. Rappers presented life lessons told through songs. Today’s rappers represent the destruction of the self.
Great storytelling in modern hip-hop is hard to find. The storytelling in most songs tend to be degenerative and narcissistic. It’s the typical formula of money, drugs and women. The same old song and dance.
It’s one thing to create songs for artistic purposes, no matter what the content, but to turn around and say that you actually live the degenerate lifestyle you proclaim, (which many of these younger rappers do) is sad and pathetic. It’s even more pitiful if these destructive lifestyles that they brag about are true. Way to be proper role models for these kids who look up to you.
I hate the idea that in order for somebody to be “real”, they have to have actually lived the material that they are portraying in their songs. It’s such a ridiculous notion.
I love great storytelling. Period. As long as I’m entertained and my imagination is intrigued, I’m all for it. If a song can help me paint a vivid picture in my head when I listen to it, then it’s a great song. A fictional, but highly entertaining story more than wins my vote.
All art needs to be appreciated in the same sense how we appreciate films. Of course Al Pacino isn’t a gangster in real life, but that doesn’t mean his portrayal of one on screen isn’t incredible. Whether a story is fictional or not, as long as it captivates someone, that’s what matters.
The decline in the quality of hip-hop starts from the environments that these rappers grew up in. Their parents didn’t work or worked minimum wage, they grew up on welfare, they’re surrounded by addicts and they were never taught the value of proper social etiquette.
Being bombarded with drugs, gambling, crime and alcohol will send anyone into a downward spiral. Too many kids are getting caught up in this vicious cycle from a young age.
Kids would rather spend whatever money they have purchasing jewelry and Jordans, rather than saving it up to invest in themselves. The appearance of of being well-off is valued more than actually being well-off.
Rappers care more about how the public perceives them, how much money they can flaunt and how many women they can sleep around with. None of that stuff matters.
You want to know what’s impressive? Staying with your wife, loving her and raising a family together. That’s inspiring. Threatening to kill someone every other sentence, bragging about how much cash you have (that you actually don’t), how many “hoes” you can get and being proud of how many drugs you consume is straight up shameful.
Rappers used to stand up for what mattered most to them, their families. Hip-hop actually started off with respect for mothers and doing whatever it took to take care of their families. Today’s rappers disrespect women and only think about themselves.
No mainstream rapper in the spotlight today pursues having a family, being a good husband or being a good father as their main priorities in life. None.
These kids need to start looking up to the old-school veterans for guidance. The culture and community of hip-hop needs input from the forefathers of the art more than ever. The hip-hop and black communities also need to take accountability for their internal problems by fixing the family nucleus and providing outreach in troubled neighborhoods.
Stop hanging around people who bring you down and quit listening to these ignorant rappers preaching bullshit. Stay in school, get yourselves a good job and get married before having children. Quit with the gambling and Swisher purchases, put down your EBT cards and I promise you, you’ll be happier and start feeling more in control of your own lives.
For hip-hop to have a major turn-around, rappers need to start calling out each other’s bullshit. They need to place a re-emphasis on fixing the problems in their own communities rather than continuing this promotion of degeneracy. Like the conservative movement, rappers need to take a confrontational stance and start standing up for their culture and what they believe in once more.