He just bought his favorite rapper’s new album, “bootleg copy of course but we gon’ leave that story for another day”. tearing the plastic wrapper with so much anticipation. He pushes the power button on the remote; the home theatre displays “No disc”. Pushed the open button and placed the CD on the tray and as it slides in he hums the hit singles off the album imagining what the intro’s gon’ sound like.
Just as the display read 0:01, the lights went out… “curse you NEPA” he says! …oh well, rushing downstairs to put the generator on thinking “nothing is going to stop me from listening to my favorite rapper’s album”. That was me, 2004 when i first bought Nas’s street disciples album. When you are a true fan, you love the artist so much feeling like you are the biggest fan ever. His feelings become yours, you share emotions, their scandals and their sore relationships hurt you as much as it hurts them. Old hiphop heads say we new kids on the scene have lost all that depth in our product, I kinda agree and also I don’t.
I agree because most of us rappers make songs on lighter issues and we just remain on the peripheral. Rappers have moved from creative depth to being sexual, i ain’t complaining though. look around you, fashion, lifestyle and the internet. Everything is sexual, the reason why #BoobsThursday kept on trending. Its garbage in garbage out. With that been said, on the other hand i disagree because if these songs not worthy of been called a classic are been released and they are not moving off the shelf then nobody would be making them, but hey! they are selling. To buttress on my point, the fans are encouraging more music i.e. Afro, pop and dance-hall.
They just wanna dance. Even most people who give you props on the internet and call you the best rapper for keeping it real don’t call you for shows or come when you put up one. this reminds me of a line off terry the rap man’s first album which says “life is hard enough so why do i wanna be hardcore for?”. i can go on and on with this but omo mehn no time. So what am I saying in essence? Everything is commercial, why chase a career if you do not intend being successful. you go to school so you can work a profession so you can climb up the ladder and be more successful at what you do. The same thing applies to entertainment.
Let’s all be logical about this, you might try justifying yourself or be stubborn about you leaving the game knowing you kept it real. If it makes you happy? Hey! who are my to judge but if it hurts you and you can’t help but go on every song and rant about some peeps singing garbage and making money then you need to stop being bitter. My two cent is, oops! did i just say two cent? pardon me, MY TWO KOBO is that you do what you gotta do. if it works for you and gets you contented, i hope its the success you seek.
But some few people have intelligently found a balance to it, not being on the head nor tail of the coin. They have learnt to balance hiphop and pop. Hiphop is now the new pop, for the first time in history hip hop is the most selling genre in 2017 even above pop music and pop music simply stands for popular music. so i guess it is safe to say hiphop is popular than POPular music? Ironical.