What Happened?

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The History
November 12th, 1974 is the day that Hip Hop was born, and on November 12,2009 Hip Hop turned 35 years old and it's going back instead of forward. When I think of Hip Hop I think about New York, break dancing, Adidas sweat suits, Kangol hats, gold rope chains, lyrics that meant something, and rappers that weren't chasing money, instead they were chasing a dream. Now the dream is left behind while these rappers continue to get money. Most rappers today don't even remember their dreams, they speak of their money, cars, bitches, and anything else they couldn't obtain before fame walked into their lives. Now a 35 year old legacy seems more like a baby trying out it's legs for the first time.

Creating Art
There is an art to Hip-Hop,a soul that you feel with every word spoken,Hip-Hop is poetry.And in the 70s,80s,and 90s Hip-Hop still had a soul that you could see,and feel.But today,rappers think that they are real artist because they don't need to write down their rhymes,but what's the point of writing down something that's not even worth listening to?

Don't get me wrong,there are real artist out there right now with this skill,and they do it well but those that follow behind these great artist are imitators that don't really have anything to say.There are artist out right now that are worth listening to and that will one day be placed in the same box as the greats but they are so few and far between.Autotune is causing a lot of issues in the music industry.While rappers think they are doing something fun and new and creating something to be followed,all they are doing in copying the likes of The Gap Band and Teddy Riley.Don't follow lead.

Our acceptance of bad music speaks volumes of our intelligence. Let’s be real, if a rapper like Biggie or 2pac were a new artist right now, rapping now about the same things they were rapping about then, they wouldn’t have half of the success today that they had yesterday. Good rappers are still out there, i.e. Mos Def, Nas, LL Cool J, Talib Kweli, Common, and the list goes on and on. These rappers are amazing and speak the truth, yet the people who are buying albums (the youth)are not trying to hear anything they have to say if they can’t shake their ass to the song. Sadly enough we can try to teach them what good music is but they don’t have to accept it. This close mindedness will continue to be a problem, because the kid that is listening to the song and admiring the rapper that isn’t saying anything is aspiring to be like that rapper. This means that if they do make it, they’ll be putting out the same music they hear and admire. What the hell is an Ice Cream Paint Job?

Look At It Like This
When Hip-Hop came on to the scene no one knew what would come of it,and truth be told when it hit hard and had everyone bobbing our heads we still had no clue what would become of the Hip-Hop and how let down so many of us would be.The legacy of Hip-Hop is a lot like a house that you build and pass down in your family. You build this house put everything you have into it, and then when the time is right you move on but you pass it down to someone that you think will take good care of it. But as time goes on, the more people that get their hands on it the more it starts to change and the changes you either love or hate.And finally after time has passed,the house that you built from the ground is no longer recognizable. I sometimes wonder how some of the greats feel about this house they built not being taken care of.

The Greats Did Thier Own Thing
These artist did it for the art of it and because it was something they loved to do,not because it seemed cool or because of the money.The list is so much longer,but there is only so much time in the day:

Artist: Roxanne Shanté Year: 1983-1992

Artist: Run DMC Album: Run-D.M.C Year: 1984

Artist: LL Cool J Album: Radio Year: 1985

Artist: DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince Album: Rock The House Year: 1986

Artist: MC Lyte Album: Lyte As a Rock Year: 1988

Artist: 2pac Album: 2Pacalypse Now Year: 1991

Artist: Dr. Dre Album: The Chronic Year:1992

Artist: Common — I Used To Love H. E. R. Album: Resurrection Year: 1994

Artist: The Notorious B.I.G. Album: Ready To Die Year: 1994

Artist: Jay-Z Album: Reasonable Doubt Year: June 25, 1996  

Notable Quotes
"Now, my oral illustration be like clitoral stimulation to the female gender Ain’t nothing better, let me know when its wet enough to enter If not I’ll wait because the future of the world depends on Info, If not the child we raise gon’ have that nigger syndrome And will it know to beat the odds regardless of its skintone?Or will it feel that if we tune it, it just might get picked on?"
~Andre (ATLiens)

"I dumbed down for my audience and doubled my dollas.If skills sold Truth be told I'd probably be Lyricly Talib Kweli Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense(But i did five Mil)I ain't been rhymin like Common Sense When your sense got that much in common And you been hustlin since Your inception F**k perception Go with what makes sense Since I know what I’m up against We as rappers must decide what's most impor-tant."
~Jay-Z (Moment of Clarity)

"This is for Aisha, this is for Kashera This is for Khadijah scared to look up in the mirror I see the picture clearer thru the stain on the frame She got a black girl name, she livin black girl pain This is for Makeba, and for my mamacita What's really good, ma? I'll be your promise-keeper I see the picture clearer thru the stain on the frame She got a black girl name, she livin black girl pain."
~Talib Kweli (Black Girl Pain)

"I broke into Shakespeare’s tomb and stole his remains, grinded the bones, smoked it, then got in the game"
~Nas (unknown song title)

"Precious times, hopin they won't end Tell your mother bout your lover also your best friend Ya mighty proud while your holdin their hand Boys, yea that's my woman, and girls, yeah that's my man This person brings a certain warmth to your heart And everything seems so great at the start For she loves him, and he also loves her And it's hard to turn back to who the person you were But later on, problems start to occur And the bond, which combines, y'all turns into a blur For the feelins were the same, now here's the score You love them to much, and they don't love you anymore."
~Slick Rick (Teenage Love)

I hear Brenda's got a baby But, Brenda's barely got a brain A damn shame The girl can hardly spell her name(That's not our problem, that's up to Brenda's family)
~2Pac(Brenda's Got A Baby)

"I might've failed to mention that the chick was creative But once the man got to her, he altered the native Told her if she got an image and a gimmick That she could make money, and she did it like a dummy Now I see her in commercials, she's universal She used to only swing it with the inner-city circle Now she be in the burbs lookin' rock and dressin' hip And on some dumb shit, when she comes to the city Talkin about poppin glocks, servin rocks, and hittin switches Now she's a gangsta rollin with gangsta bitches Always smokin blunts and gettin drunk Tellin me sad stories, now she only fucks with the funk Stressin how hardcore and real she is She was really the realest, before she got into show-biz I did her, not just to say that I did it But I'm committed, but so many niggaz hit it That she's just not the same lettin all these groupies do her I see niggaz slammin her, and takin her to the sewer But I'ma take her back hopin that the shit stop Cause who I'm talkin bout y'all is hip-hop."
~Common (I Used To Love Her)

Is Hip-Hop Dead or On Life Support?
Some say that it's dead, some say it's on life support but I mean is it really?I say Hip-Hop is just lost and the search party just isn't big enough to find it.Read the lyrics to Common's song I Used To Love H.E.R (better known as Hip Hop in its Essence is Real)he takes us through the journey of Hip-Hop,he takes us through the life of Hip-Hop and the relationship that they once had before she moved on to the next and everyone got a piece of her.This song showed his genius but is also broke down the history that is Hip-Hop.

So when I see kids Crankin' That Souljah Boi, I shake my head. Not only because it wouldn't take a huge effort to write those lyrics,but I also shake my head because kids and some adults accept this and support this. I wasn't old enough to have the desire to be LL Cool J's Around The Way Girl, but my cousins were,I wasn't old enough to understand Slick Rick's Teenage Love but my brother was,and I wasn't old enough to grasp the concept of 2Pac's Brenda's Got A Baby but a lot of teenage mothers were.

These rap legends I mentioned(and the ones that I didn't)built a foundation and passed it down to the younger generation only to have them disrespect it with lyrics about cars they don't own,money they don't have,and women who wouldn't give them the time of day before they made it big. So I ask, what happened?

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