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Is hip-hop changing (magazine article)

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Hip-hop is all guns, sex and drugs! Hip-hop is dying and with the help of Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em', it has recently had a heart attack. "Boy I spit harder I spit fire, we tell them old washed up rappers to retire". I guarantee he wouldn't dare say this to the faces of Public Enemy, Tupac or any other pioneers of the once great art. With Tupac, Eminem and Notorious B.I.G dominating the top twenty biggest selling hip-hop albums of all time, it really does make you think if hip-hop is dead. After the decline in music making from Public Enemy and the assassinations of Tupac and Biggie, a niche was available for anything that would sell to the shocked hip-hop fans. The heart of hip-hop was in the 70's, all the components which carved a new fresh sound for youths, from the break dancing, beat boxing and free styling it all came from the heart of hip-hop. ...read more.


Even though the politically aware group, Public Enemy was around at this time, they still continued making and pushing out diverse records into the market. So who did the crack trade affect? The best guess would have to be the gangster rappers of the early 90's and onwards; they made good beats and rhymes ,which were sugar candy to the listeners of that era but now in the 20th century it has become trivial. The 90's brought gangster rap to the studios and stages, this is when being part of the Westside and Eastside really mattered. Maybe it's the popular demand of hearing rappers make records about their struggles in the ghetto, or their early days in the hood dealing drugs. Maybe it's thrilling to hear rappers talk about sex, guns, and gangbanging. The gangster element of hip-hop has greatly hit music and affected the publics' thoughts about this controversial genre. Gangs such as Crips, Bloods, and the Latin kings are mentioned continuously in hip-hop music, this could be the main reason why hip-hop hasn't come out of its coma since 1980. ...read more.


Reputation is the main concern in the music industry which controls hip-hop, the hard man status is all too important for rappers to release soft and weak music records. They don't sell according to the producers. Hip-hop is bleeding and these rappers with their producers are sucking hip-hop dry like leeches on a fresh carcass. Hip-hop has suffered heart attacks, gone into rehab; panic attacks but is now suffocating in a coffin and every pointless rap song which is released into stores is like a nail hammered into that dark coffin. It isn't about the music and tradition anymore. It's about looking good and selling an image to the listener and hoping they'll like what they hear and see. It seems like yesterday that Public Enemy were rapping about the disrespect towards African-Americans but now you see rappers like 50 Cent disrespecting Black women in a derogatory way. Hip-hop has been cut too deep for it to recover to the 70's state but surely we can plaster these wounds and bring it back to a respectful music genre again. Parminder Sangha ...read more.

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