If you know me,
you know my taste in music. I listen to almost every type
of genre there is. But if you know me, you know what music
I absolutely cannot stand. Hip Hop
longest time, my friend Carmen and I have debated the
worth of hip hop. She loves the music, I hate it. She
says it is the voice of our generation, I say it is the
voice of bullshit. I mean, listen to what you hear on
the radio. How many times can one stand hearing about
cars, clothes, bitches, and hoes (I can rhyme too, give
me a record deal)? But Carmen feeds on the music. She
loves it. And until recently, I could not see why.
Carmen loves hip hop but I could never understand what
she saw in it. She would name some of her favorite groups
but in my stubbornness, I never asked her who or what
those groups were about. I just let them flow into the
pile of what I thought was meaningless garbage. But I
was wrong for that. I should have looked deeper into the
subject instead of being ignorant and willing to stay
love for a hip hop artist fell on a man named Talib Kweli.
One of his songs were played for me when I was at work,
a song by the name of, "Get By." I don't know
what it was but something about this song...the beat,
the lyrics, the arrangement, it all drew me in to him
so much that I HAD to know his name. Talib Kweli. I went
home and downloaded the song and listened to it over and
over until my mother told me to turn it off.
Carmen bought me his CD, Quality. When I got home, I listened
from start to finish, savoring every word this man said.
When I was finished, I said, "This isn't hip hop.
This is something else." I was wrong.
See, I learned
something when I went to the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour Concert.
Kweli is REAL hip hop. The Roots is REAL hip hop. Jill
Scott, Mos Def, D'Angelo, Maxwell, Common, Erykah Badu
are all REAL hip hop. It's not the folks out there who
make every song suitable for radio play or the people
who follow other people's lead by downing women or talking
about what they have. It's the artists who are not afraid
to say what they have to say, even if it means the little
teenie boppers, who are all of a sudden into hip hop because
they want to be "down", doesn't hear it.
says they want to hear better music than what's out now
but at the same time, we never support these artists.
We allow Nelly, Chingy, and company to thrive. Now, I'm
not saying I hate their music. Like anyone else, I like
to listen to something fun every once in a while. But
this isn't what hip hop is...wait, this is hip hop. This
is commercial hip hop, something that can appeal to all
and offend the fewest of people without being too bubble
gum. But that's not what hip hop was about.
me something that Mos Def said a while ago. He said something
along the lines of, Hip Hop was never about conforming.
Nowadays everyone want to say in order to be hip hop,
you have to wear this and drive that. But when hip hop
first came out, it was about being different, and not
following the norm.
longest time, I hated hip hop because I wanted something
real to me. I didn't want to be like all of those rappers
out there who said I had to dress a certain way. I wanted
music that would speak to me. Strange that I found all
of that in Hip Hop.