We Slippin, We Fallin, We Gots To Get Up…

Posted: February 24, 2012 by Handy in Education, Life, lyrics, Rap
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What happened to our rap music? What happened to the balance? What happened to the lyrics? I was watching the MTV Hottest Hip Hop MC’s Part 7 and they were giving their lists of hottest MC’s at the moment. I did not have a problem with the list, it was pretty much right more or less, but there was a particular segment where they compared Meek Mill’s buzz right now  how DMX’s buzz was back in the day when he was first releasing his record. Now that particular assessment isn’t that far-fetched except for one thing, Meek Mill is nothing like how DMX was! I mean don’t get me wrong Meek Mill can spit, he gives you street music, but that’s so watered down and tampered now what is really street music? What is really considered that grimy, street music that when you hear it, you can feel the pain in the artist’s voice? Do you really get that feel when you hear I’m A Boss or House Party? Those are two of his hit singles right now. DMX’s first two singles were Ruff Ryders Anthem and Get at Me Dog. Both of these were street anthems, but you can tell from the titles that these songs were geared toward different audiences. I guess they were coming from two different situations when they made their singles, thus the far contrast. But I guarantee that if you sat down and looked at the lyrics on paper, it would not even be a close match.

The younger generation of today are so devoid of lyricism  that something as simple as “I met a female dragon, had a fire conversation” goes completely over their heads. The line seems very simple, but to the listeners of today, they thought Lil Wayne spit the craziest line in the world. Lyrics are so simple today that something such as “If he wanna act monkey, then bananas is what he ate, my team full of gorillas, like Planet of the Apes” get hyped by the generation of today like he said something amazing! That line was from a battle rapper who could be no older than 20. Craziest part is his mans that he was with hyped it like it was the craziest punchline in the history of rap music. Negro please! That line has been used for so long, it should be retired in punchline hall of fame or something. This happens a lot in music of today, it’s a shame though because the one thing that you could always get from rap music is good lyrics. This is why I ask what happened to the balance?

Being born in the 80’s and really getting into rap music in the 90’s, I felt that we always had balance. You had a whole range of artists, with different styles that rapped. Even gangster rappers that rapped all the negative entities of society: money, drugs, guns, etc., still had some sort of balance. The Notorious B.I.G. could give you Kick in the Door as a single, then turn around and give you Sky is the Limit as a single and both of them were lyrically  tough. Both got the same play on the radio, people respected both songs the same. Point is no more of this frickin’ stripper music please! Every single does not have to be about money, cars, clothes, chains, and skeezers, rappers you can talk about something else. I challenge someone like Rick Ross who was #1 on that Hottest MC List to make his next single about something political. (In my Pinky off of Friday voice) I dare him!!! Point is we gotta start having some balance in our rap music, because the younger generation is missing out on what hip hop is truly about. Hip hop is about the ability to have skills to lyrically express how you feel over a tight beat, not how much money you have, how many cars you drive, or how many chicks you hit. That does not take skill at all, that is just bragging and this ish is for the birds.

But fortunately, this new class of MC’s is starting to give hip hop that old feel back. Wale, J Cole, Big KRIT, Meek Mill these are some of the artists making it to the mainstream that seems to have that balance in their music. They have party songs on their albums or mixtapes, but they also have songs of struggle or songs of success that balance out their work. Even though Wale has a hit single called Chain Music, the song isn’t about chains at all. The song is about how women do not give the humble man a chance, but when we he gets flashy or “geechi”, then she notices him. This is why the hook goes “The broads goin follow, chain so big I popped my collar”. He is basically saying with this chain on, the ladies are going to notice me. So rap artists of today and the future, I challenge you to keep pushing the envelope lyrically and create amazing music, classic music, so decades down the line your name can be mentioned with the greats. Lil Wayne made a great point in an interview on the Dedication mixtape. He said, “I don’t think I’m better than anyone mentally, spiritually or emotionally, but I think when it comes to this rap sh*t, I am better than everyone. This is a competition and if you are as serious with your craft as you say you are, then why wouldn’t you want to be the best?” I think when all of our rap artists start thinking like this, then that balance that I urge in our rap music will return.

 

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Comments
  1. I really like your writing style, excellent info , thankyou for posting : D.

    • Handy says:

      Thank you very much for the comment, it will be plenty more, read the new post “Where Did The Feeling Go?”, I think you will enjoy it.

      Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

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