Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Everytime I Try and Leave...

"[Tribe] didn't sell 10 million records, so why would people think they had a blanket on the world like that? MC Hammer was way more popular to me than A Tribe Called Quest," he says. "Those hip-hop elitists who think [Tribe] hold the crown and the copyright to hip-hop ... I listen to 8Ball & MJG and I think they're better than [Tribe]."

Thank you, Lupe Fiasco. Thank you, so much. You have no idea how long I have been waiting for an artist to speak the truth. Finally someone isnt afraid to just say what they feel.

Hip Hop is not dead, but hip hop elitists are trying to kill it. I cant tell you how many times I have heard people use the term "Real Hip Hop". Then spout off some self righteous bullshit about their musical taste. can someone please explain to me exactly what is "real hip hop" cause last time I checked, hip hop was just another form of expression.

Music is just another medium for people to express themselves, just like Movies and Literature. But for some reason people act like Hip Hop transcends all that and that it has to conform to some mythical "real" guideline.

Lupe spoke about something that bothers me alot. People have these ideas, that if you dont like so and so, then you dont have good taste. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DONT LIKE GURU? I mean is it so hard to believe that maybe someone has a different preference on what they like? Nick D will tell you, I'm a huge Project Pat fan. But am I flabergasted when someone tells me they think he is garbage? no not at all, cause people are talking about his style more than anything.

Alright Im done, I just read Lupe and he touched my heart. Bottom line... Bump what you like, and dont feel pressure to listen to MF Doom if deep down you feel like getting crunk.


Blogger Kellen said...

I could write a novel about this subject. Lupe's comments were interesting to say the least. A lot of what people listen to is based on where they are from, surroundings etc. Tribe made more timeless music, I can play a Tribe cd today no problem. MC Hammer not so much.

It does come down to preference in the end. Some of the groups and people you named are classic MC's who made the way for artists today. Doom, Guru, Tribe are all classic hip hop in my opinion.

In the end hip hop is aging. Look at Kanye, Hov, Snoop, Pharrell etc. Dudes are in their 30's. I think people miss the old days when music was good compared to the ring tone era that is now. Sorry Lupe, Tribe made a bigger and longer lasting impression on me then Hammer. At the end of the day listen to what you want.

January 23, 2008 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger heavilyfocused said...

i think theres a difference that people dont seem to realize when speaking on hip hop that is kinda taken for granted when speaking on more classical art forms. and that would be technical ability/skill versus style. while we'd all agree that Michaelangelo was a more adept artist technically than Basquiat, its understood that you can like Basquiat's style more than Michaelangelo's. It's fucked up that people on both sides of the argument in hip hop, seem to forget that.

January 23, 2008 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Im with kellen in that there aren't many new artists in today's hip hop scene that interest me. That being said, if hip hop is "dead" as many people like to say, does that take away from the legitimacy of hip hop as a form of music if it can barely last 30 years before people write it off? Is it capable of a revival or are you gonna bump Tribe for the next 50 years? Regardless, I wouldn't compare 90% of the shit that comes out today to any piece of art or artist that has real substance and thought behind their work.

January 23, 2008 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger DeWitz said...

There is no definite answer to what Real Hip Hop is.. Obviously people are gonna be bias based on where there from and what used to bang on the radio growin up...
With that being said.. Can you listen to crunk music when your maxin by yourself?? Personally I can't get down with most crunk/ring tone rap.. Its almost laughable now.. I need substance lyrically.. Doesn't have to be on Nas level of knowledge but you cant lie to yourself and be like "Thicka than a Snicka" is a hot song...

Major Kudos to Lupe for speakin how he feels.. but damn if he didn't get blasted for his comments.... lol..

and its great to see your hatin ass posting again...

January 24, 2008 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger mike mora said...

on some real world shit, lupe just said the obvious. of course mc hammer was more popular than atcq. he was more popular to me too. everybody knew "can't touch this". only a handful of people know "luck of lucien". and i'm fine with that. i love atcq... but i'm not gonna shit on anybody cause they couldn't give a fuck.

i just never really understood why people got mad that lupe said he wasn't down with atcq like that. just because he's supposed to be on that wavelength or cause he's supposed to be this purveyor of "pure" hip-hop, he couldn't listen to street music and not have been too into atcq? it's like people were living through him and were so let down. so what he thinks 8bal and mjg are better than tribe? i think 36 chambers shits on tribe's whole catalog.

and while i'm at it, group home or guru, i don't know the difference. back up singers to dope beats. yeah, i said it. ahahahaaha.

January 24, 2008 at 10:06 AM  

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