SOHH Whatcha Think: Is 'Classic' The Most Abused Word In Hip Hop? [Click Here & Speak]

Monday, Aug 29, 2011 12:40AM

Written by J. Bachelor

 

Words are born, grow and eventually take on a life of their own. Although a word's meaning may change with time, its origin is rarely forgotten. Take a look at the controversy surrounding Bay area artist V-Nasty's use of a certain vernacular and its easy to see the power of a single word.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]

Like anything that has life, words can be mistreated, misused and abused; particularly in the entertainment world. Our Question of the Day then, is more of a pop quiz ... give it your best shot:

Question: What is the most abused word in Hip Hop?

A) Movement

B) Genius

C) Classic

D) Swag

Your homeboy's barbershop mixtape is not a movement, and there is hardly anything genius about the way MC Flash Money began his album with a freestyle over the theme song to Martin. Let's keep it funky: Cats out here calling albums "classics" before they've dropped -- and that sh*t is a slap in the face to any artist whose actually created a timeless album.

It goes without saying that what may be a classic to one listener may be hot garbage to the next. I get that. Then you have albums that aren't fully appreciated until years later, the Reasonable Doubts, as I call 'em. Yet and still, for the corner store critic who is quick to slap the term 'classic' on any project made by ya mans annem, check this quick definition of the word and ask yourself does the disc fit the bill.

clas·sic [klas-ik] 1. of the highest class, esp in art or literature 2. serving as a standard or model of its kind; definitive 3. of lasting interest or significance

Even with a textbook definition the idea of a 'classic' album remains subjective. But every time the word is used without a valid backing, it loses power. You hear artists calling each other geniuses, or up-and-comers describing their buzz (no matter how big or small) as 'a movement', but by far, the phrase 'classic album' has been passed out more than any other over the past few years. That sh*t cray.

SOHH Watcha Think -- Is 'Classic' the most abused word in Hip Hop when it comes to albums?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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