Houston rap legend Scarface recently shared his thoughts on today’s hip-hop scene and explained why he believes there must be a conspiracy based on what currently receives radio play.
In Face Mob’s opinion, hip-hop has fallen victim to being dumbed down and losing its essence.
“I be looking at sh*t like a conspiracy. That’s the way I feel about music,” Face said in an interview. “You know what I mean? I feel like the powers that be are intentionally dumbing down our craft, man. I feel like they dumbing us down because the dumbest sh*t I ever heard is on the radio right now. Number one. Whatever number one is.” (“Combat Jack Show”)
Recently, fellow rap veteran Nas suggested the level of authenticity and realness no longer existed in hip-hop.
“I saw it come from the corner with the guys with the radios and dudes break dancing on the streets everywhere,” Nas said when asked how hip-hop has changed. “Today, it’s kind of lost integrity, it’s lost its meaning, it’s lost its love, which is why I made [2006’s] Hip Hop Is Dead album. [What’s dead?] The realness.” (“Talk Stoop”)
Roc Nation’s J. Cole recently said while it is not there yet, hip-hop is headed in a great direction courtesy of artists like Young Money’s Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
“It’s heading into another golden era. It might not be there just yet, but it’s getting there. Look at the options you got right now. I remember around the time Hip Hop Is Dead was coming out, I knew why you was saying it. Rap was a f*cking joke. It was a singles-driven market. But even when I was unsigned, I knew with what I was doing that this was gon’ turn around. I didn’t know at the same time that Kendrick was somewhere studying, going hard. Drake was somewhere studying, going hard.” (VIBE)
A few months back, rap mogul Jay Z said the trend of quality albums dropping these days has him feeling like hip-hop is back in its prime.
“Kanye, Drake, J. Cole, and that Kendrick Lamar album was insane,” Jay said ini an interview. “It’s a good time for hip-hop. I mean, think about the year that’s happening, all the albums that’s dropping. It feels like ’96, ’92. … hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, it doesn’t get the proper credit. It’s always demonized and people point out all the bad things about it, but no one talks about how hip-hop has brought all different races of people together.” (“Big Boy’s Neighborhood”)
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