Its The Era Of Bullshit Beats And Club Hits.....
definitely rap's worst era ever... period.
but after all this is a business and this is all about money.
i guess that why an artist like benzino can have a 12inch out that is so wack "BOOTIE" on side A and dope as fuck "BANG TA DIS" on side B
artists are forced to give the 14 and 15 year old chickenhead audience what they want to hear
i mean lets face it the rap audience of the early to mid 90's is growning older and now has other things to worry about than just music
a large majority of the audience that buys rap music today has very little knowledge of any rap music pre 1996.
the trl and 106th and park audience is being forced fed music by the major record labels.
some of it is good. most of it bad.
i will speak on this in further detail in my next post.
until the tides turn again, expect to see the same trends continuing on and on for quite some time...
but change will come eventually.
true the difference between "mainstream" and "commercial", but I think that on hte whole, the shit that gets the chance to become big commercial is the shit that can appeal to the large mainstream markets who, like you say mike, want the music to fit an image, not the music for its own sake.
I admit that aint always right - some cats with mad skills and underground respect hit the commercial because they just sound that good - mos def, run dmc, guru, outkast (arguable). What yall think?
i agree with you, spellbound -
when the rec. companies realized ...that serious
money could be made off of hiphop ? ofcourse
they wanna milk it ...
peeps think "commercial" means "mainstream" ...but
that's not how it is, and ...
it's the "mainstream" hiphop that sucks ass,
cause it targets the teenybopper-audience -
but ...the teenyboppers that ...
don't really wanna be "POP", cause "britney's
wack!", but they wanna be down ...so
mainstream hiphop fits ...perfectly -
AND ...the radio station sucks 'em in -
feeding bullshit on an icey platter.
hmmmm, that's a good point.
Not dissin what anyone's said or nuthin, but personally I dont agree this is raps worst era ever. Dont know much about commercial shit, but the underground's buzzing in my opinion. Man stacks of ill and innovative shit coming out all the time these days. Skills coming to a higher level, and real hiphop music is evolving with new artists pushing the boundaries. The hip hop movement keeps spreading, and real MCs who been doing it for years (Del) are getting into charts on account of their musical skill, not marketing and promotion like some of the other "artists" being mentioned in this board.
If U wanna see quality you just gotta look a bit further than mainstream tripe.
ha im 16 and that e sermon joint is hot
did you hear his other marvin gaye sample cut
shit is niiiice
Interesting observation. I'm 23 and what I listen, I can't possibly expect a 14 year old to appreciate anymore than I appreciated the music of a 23 year old when I was 14. In addition, you're very right...the hiphop crowd of the early to mid ninties has other shit on their mind besides hiphop (bills, a job, etc.). Don't get me wrong, the love I have for hiphop is as strong as it's ever been, but it's not my number 1 priority...food, shelter, and transportation is. I can't really fault a 14 year old kid for thinking Nelly and the St. Lunatics are the greatest group in the world just because when I was 14 the Chronic was the shit (even though the Chronic is far better). Kids like what they're exposed to because they are...well...kids. And therefore not old enough to know about older hiphop.
Let me leave you with an example. I was rollin' the other day with one of my boys and his little sister (about 13 or 14) listening to LA's #1 "hiphop" station. She knew every word to Ja Rule/Nelly/Fabulous. When "Music" by E Sermon came on she was diggin' it but obviously not as much as the artists she's growing up on now. When I asked if she knew who's song this was she said "No" with a blank stare. When I said "Eric Sermon", the blank stare remained. I said "You know, from EPMD"...still a blank stare. Young kids do have an ear for quality music, it's just not of their generation. The irony here is that I said "It's Eric Sermon's song"...if my pops was in the car, he would have said "Who's that stealin' Marvin Gaye's old song?!?" It's a cycle y'all, deal with it.
wait until the economy starts to lag or fail altogether. if you look at the eras when music (in most peoples' minds) was best, you will find a direct correlation between the two. so just pray that the government messes some shit up, and then we can all be happy.
I was thinking... Will someone one day look back on the music this time fondly?
i dunno if this era will change, i think the club bangers started after puffy hit it big with mase, they brought commercial hip hop to a whole new level (different than hammer,vanilla ice and the fresh prince) so everyone is out for the cheese now that theyve seen that its possible. hip hop is pop now, i think once something goes pop, it has a hard time coming back to what it once was before (at least the majority of it doesnt). with the internet, trl and 106 and park and the success that has been witnessed by producers like puffy, jd, swizz and mannie fresh, it will be hard to get hip hop back to what it was in the early nineties. thats just my opinion. im not a backpacker and im not a teenybopper. i just like good music.
artists aren't forced to do anything they don't want to. they make the decision to follow wack trends...... no sympathy over here.
i agree with the rest of what you said tho.