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Writing about hip-hop being dead is dead

The Tyee ran a really dumb piece the other day about rap music, and how it is dead. Articles like this have been popping up around the internet for close to a year now. Some (like this one everyone should read) are extremely insightful and relevant. Others are great examples of why journalists are morons.

Hip-hop had a really bad 2006. Almost every rap heavyweight dropped an album, hardly any went platinum. Record sales have been down across the board, but no genre experienced the sudden decline that rap did. 2007 has been even worse. Not only have all of the major artists been either hibernating or sucking, but some atrocious songs have been shitted out by virtual nobodies. The situation is super bad. But yeah, hip-hop isn’t dead.

Hip-hop has “died” so many times that it is an obsolete cliché to even say so by now. It died when Biggie and Tupac died. It died when Eminem was born, and it died again when he won an Oscar. It died when Method Man starred in a deodorant commercial. It died when MC Hammer was invented. Where are all the dorky journalists complaining about rock-and-roll being dead because emo is so retarded? Nowhere. They don’t exist! You know why? Because rock music has been dead for-fucking-ever. It’s been dead since the Beatles broke up, or since Altamont, or since The Osbournes, or since who even gives a shit?

The author of that lame Tyee article claims that rap actually died in 1993, because that’s when the first Wu-Tang record came out. Obviously the guy is a lame old-head. Writing off the last fourteen years of hip-hop writes off the last fourteen years of music as a whole. Almost all musical innovation—specifically in the mainstream—has taken place in rap. It is the only genre on the radio and in the top 40 that has taken risks, been avant garde, been futuristic and innovative, and yet still been met with mega-success. And unlike disco, rap isn’t something that can simply die. It can go through shitty periods, it can suck, and it can become a complete joke. But it can also be re-invented. It has been constantly for over twenty years, and you’re an idiot if you think it won’t be again and again.

And just in case you don’t “keep up” with things, here’s the new proof that everything is going to be just fine.

  1. rey

    the whole “hip hop is dead” mantra has quickly become cliche but the funny thing about that is hip hop isn’t dead, dieing, and it hasn’t died, it is very much alive. i think people mean to say that hip hop music (rap) is dead, but i don’t think that’s true either. Although there has been a steady decline in quality, there are a number of folks still doing there thing… hip hop is alive and well but the rap game needs a little work…

    - Jun 7, 12:15 PM

  2. ghostsmachine

    Hip Hop, Rap , whatever…

    Start here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCXlCkY4Y5g
    and follow (if you dare) the entire story by watching the clips on the right …

    Then read this.
    http://3quarksdaily.blogs.com/3quarksdaily/2006/03/monday_musing_t.html

    Best. Music Commentary. Ever.

    - Jun 8, 03:54 AM

  3. Quinn

    that ugk video just blew my mind

    - Jun 8, 11:26 PM

  4. ThugEmperor

    Hip Hop is a culture that people live by and no matter how hard people try they either live it or not. Every lyric, graffiti, dance, and slang produced by the media will never be enough to capture the details needed to define a life style.

    It will never grow old and die because everything in a culture is born from the past traditions and knowledge of mistakes and virtue.
    It all connects to a part of Hip Hop from War to Love.
    Hip Hop in my opinion is Hip as a slang word for a new thing and the word to best describe that is fad.

    Hip Hop is a new fad that will all ways remain fresh and forever be remembered from the jump off.
    (Hip-Fad Hop-Jump Off)
    All ways connecting styles of lives living and sharing the knowledge with each other freely.

    Only in the United States of America could this be formed for the world to see. A place where you can freely speak your mind and not die by the consequences. Understanding Hip Hop Culture in thee entire aspect would result in each direction and angle of life itself.

    Many people are afraid of the outcome but some will die to know the answers.

    Tupac Amaru Shakur

    THUG-LIFE

    THE HATE YOU GAVE LITTLE INFANTS F***s EVERYONE

    Date of Birth: 16 June 1971, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

    Date of Death:. 13 September 1996, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (homicide)

    The Hip Hop Culture is built strictly from the Retardation of true pure knowledge. To share information in any way possible not to hinder or hold back information.

    People look up to superstar hip hop artists because they were raised conversing with the right information for people living in the same situations.
    To learn answers to problems even if people haven’t approach the situation yet.
    Hip Hop will die when all answers are found and no questions need to be asked.

    - Jun 12, 04:20 AM

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