old-school rap

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We have satellite radio these days, which means I spend much time listening to Channel 40—all hiphop, all the time.

I love rap. Have always loved rap. I was raised on Run DMC and Public Enemy and Tribe Called Quest, and continued along a righteous path with NWA and Snoop; Tupac and Heavy D (I know … I know); Eminem and, now, T.I.

That said, modern rap—today’s rap—mostly blows.

I really don’t like it. Slurring instead of talking. Significantly more about bitches and hos and getting paid than real, life-changing messages of toughness, independence, strength, durability. It seems like there are about 20 guys who go by Young (or Yung), and they all suck. Lil Wayne—apparently a nice guy—is unlistenable. I dig Kanye West, but his arrogance is frustrating. And 50 Cent—well, just the worst. The absolute worst.

I long for the day when rappers saw themselves as teachers. Sure, guys like Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick could let loose with party starters. But there was, one way or another, depth behind the beats.

Today? Little depth.

Just noise.

2 thoughts on “old-school rap”

  1. Peep Slaughterhouse. May not be music to listen to around the kids, but it’s deeply lyrical stuff, some of it witty, most of it quite smart.

    Lil Wayne isn’t as bad as he’s made out to be, but there was a period from late 2006 to mid-2007 when he crested; he’s not coming back to that anytime soon.

    And, well, Mos Def and Talib Kweli are both dropping albums this year. Maybe they won’t suck?

  2. I am right there with you Jeff. Eric B. and Rakim, Gang Starr,Brand Nubian, EPMD. Sirius Satelite Radio has an old school hip hop channel that plays it all. And i was a white kid in the suburbs too. haha

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