Today In Hip Hop News: Will Hip Hop Die With Its Legends?
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Today In Hip Hop News: All We See Is Legends Dying But What Does It Mean To Hip Hop Culture At Large?
Today in Hip Hop news all we see is drama, rumors and rappers complaining or insulting other rappers. This week I had to take off my mental filter and really stop what I was doing because of this headline : Prodigy Of Mobb Deep, Dead At 42!
A true Queensbridge rap legend, Prodigy is one of the rare pioneers who managed to keep their skills impeccable regardless of the era, sound or his own age.
R.I.P Albert “Prodidy” Johnson
Needless to say that Prodigy was an impactful artist. Just think about the timeless classics he provided to us whether through his solo career or with the most iconic Hip Hop duo ever; Mobb Deep.
42 years old is quite a young age to pass away and even though he was known to be dealing with sickle cell anemia since birth; we didn’t see it coming.
I took a sit back, log off from social media and I had an horrifying thought in mind :
“What Will Happen To Hip Hop If All The Legends Die?
Even though we shouldn’t think about things like that, we still have to admit that most of our favourite artists are not getting any younger.
I’m talking about our pioneers like Jay Z (47 years old), Nas (43 years old ), Kanye West (40 years old), Eminem (44 years old) and so on.
The 90’s Baby Struggle
Growing up, we used to idolize our rappers and we often forget they are still ordinary people through it all. If you’re a 90’s baby, it’s hard sometimes to cope with the changes in Hip Hop.
I’m 26, which means I’m too young to truly relate to Big Daddy Kane. On the other hand, I’m still young enough to understand that the Lil Uzis or Lil Yatchys of the world are making Hip Hop maybe less lyrical but still entertaining (tricky right?).
The Balance Factor
Let’s face it, Hip Hop has changed maybe not for the best sometimes but it’s still Hip Hop to me. Okay, rappers now freestyle off an Iphone or for the most part they don’t even write their stuff; I get it.
Okay, the lyrics are not the focus anymore, autotune is L-I-F-E, rappers can push high notes; once again I get it! The only reason why I get it or even appreciate it at times is all because of one word : BALANCE.
Music is about moods and emotions for the most part. How you feel often determines what you will listen to. One day I can feel like blasting “Big Poppa” in my car only to find myself jamming to “Mask Off” a couple hours later.
The pioneers and Hip Hop Legends are the ones who keep that balance intact. Even when they adapt their sound, flow or rhymes to what’s hot, you can feel a touch of their early work.
Jay Z’s verse in “I Got The Keys” is a perfect example of this. Who would’ve thought that Jay would ever collab with Future AND on a typical trap beat.
The delivery still remained impeccable, the lyrics were well thought of and you can still feel a touch of 1996 Jay Z through the song.
The New Wave Of Hip Hop
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking the new wave to bring us songs like “Lose Yourself” or “If I Ruled The World“. My only concern is that I haven’t seen a lot of artists putting out those kinds of classics these days (and it’s scary).
Today in Hip Hop news, we would like to know who is really able to carry the torch left by the legends. We would like to know if the music genre and the culture behind it is in good hands.
I think it’s a “Only Time Will Tell” debate from the get go. We should let these new artists grow and mature in their craft to see what they’ll bring to the table.
If there’s one thing that music and fashion both have in common, is the fact that they both recycle elements from the past after a certain period of time.
From the old school samples, to the choruses and who knows what again? Potentially, conscious and lyrical music might be “The Hot Thing” to do again (Kanye West’s Shrug).
Today In Hip Hop News: Where Do You See Hip Hop In 10 years From Now?
Every 10 years or so, Hip Hop is changing whether with a new sound or with plenty new faces. Which artists will be the new icons 10 years from now according to you? Will Hip Hop survive the loss of its current legends?
Let us know in the comment section now!