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Dear Hip-Hop, What Happened? Part 1

Written by Dominic Wright, October 18, 2016, at 12:24 a.m. Tweet to: @Groovycap

One genre stands out to me more than others, and that is hip-hop. Beats that you bop your head to, and lyrics that you want to rewind to hear over. As humans age so does the music. Rappers live and die, but their tracks along with their legacy will live forever. Hip-hop geniuses that impacted a generation and a culture till this very day.

Geniuses such as Nas, Biggie, Slick Rick, LL Cool J, 2Pac, Eric B. & Rakim, Jay-Z, and more. Artists who impacted a generation and a culture, especially within NYC and Los Angeles. Not trying to shine the light on only 90’s rap but 2000’s rap as well. In 2000’s we got introduced to artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Lupe Fiasco, Common and much more.

These artists imprinted their legacy on the rap game. 50 Cent created one of the best groups of all time, G-Unit. Eminem revolutionized hip-hop bringing in more of a comedic aspect into hip-hop.

Within recent years you see the lyrical talents slowly start to fade away. You still have guys like J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Dave East, Joey Bada$$, and others that are saving the genre. Keeping real hip-hop heads entertained.

Seems like more people are becoming more hooked onto this new school taste where they could mumble half of their lyrics onto a hype beat. Artists becoming more focused on looking the image and having lyrics that are similar to trash. Don’t get me wrong, some of these artists would make better producers rather than “rappers.”

Now, all you see are these new school rappers who are only famous due to their beats and social media. They changed the game. Rap stands for rhythm and poetry, but you would never know that when listening to dudes like 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi-Vert, and many others.

These “rappers” are literally a joke. With their skill on the mic, they would be better comedians. Personally, I believe that my taste in rap and hip-hop is way different. I appreciate lyricists on the mic, people who take their time and put their pen to work on a notepad.

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