Here we are with another guest post. This time our dude Antonio gives us his point of view about something we are really concerned about: Who killed Hip Hop?
When Nas recorded Who Killed It? a couple of years ago, the song (a clever and slightly schizoid metaphor about the death of hip hop laid on top of the I Ain’t No Joke drum loop) sparked a big debate about whether hip hop was dead or not (and most importantly, about who, in case, was responsible for killing hip hop).
Now, the fact that many people were questioning the “Hip Hop is Dead” title to begin with, is a good indication that maybe no killing took place (and it is also an indication of how influential Nas still is, whether we like it or not).
If in any instance, God forbid, I was in charge of a murder investigation, there are certain people I would call to give a statement, Columbo-style, given their blatant lack of a credible alibi.
Forget the autotune boys, the Dirty South ballers and the ringtone rappers. They are just the last ones in a long line of clowns. Here are the real suspects, brace yourself because there will be some surprises.
Maybe not the first name you would have thought of as someone who killed hip hop. In his case, the reasoning is simple: since Preemo has started dropping bangers in all the best album of the 90′s (sans Wu-Tang, obviously) he created a precedent. First of all, this gave rise to the misconception that producers are more important than rappers (something we can debate to death, but the Group Home album definitely shows that shitty rappers can still make classic albums). Secondly, people started thinking that a couple of good beats were enough to have a hit album (for further proof, check mainstream hip hop today). And the idea of outsourcing the beats to external producers, as Katt Williams would say, “fucked up everything. Everything? Everything”.
Same thing as Preem, basically, but to a whole new level. When Dre invented G-Funk as we know it, the era of hip hop as a musical phenomenon where personality (did anyone say swagger?) is more important than substance began.
During the No Limit years, if Percy did not kill hip hop, at the least he gave it a lobotomy, given the sheer amount of retarded rappers that were signed by the label. Also, he basically invented the materialistic Dirty South wave (way before bling was called bling),which, unfortunately, I think is going to affect us for another 10 years minimum.
Sean Puffy Combs.
(I refuse to call him any other way). Probably the biggest sellout evah, Puffy has the nerve to pretend that he still cares for hip hop, besides building a career as an artist on the death of his (supposedly) best friend. But in retrospect, the glitter and Crystal were there even when Biggie was still alive. Oh, before I forget, Puffy didn’t even write the lyrics of I’ll Be Missing You (Sauce Money did). He just looped up the cheesiest sample ever (or did he? Maybe D-Dot made the beat).
One of the most obvious suspects, after the payola scandal. Streets might be watching, but they don’t decide what’s hot anymore. Instead, someone paid by the big labels does…
Someone else who is not so obvious. But, on hindsight, without the Wu-Gambinos, things would have been slightly less annoying in New York. I know he did not act maliciously, but imagine what could have happened without the saga of Bobby Steels and associates…
Going from being part of the Roots Crew to producing Brooke Hogan and Paris Hilton is definitely a giant leap. A bit like jumping from a skyscraper.
Timbo is worse than Scotty (and their forgotten beef was ridiculous, obviously). There is no way to redeem yourself, when you are guilty of making Justin Timberlake a pop icon accepted all over the world. No redemption whatsoever is possible.
See above. (Artificially) reanimating the careers of human wrecks and feeling good about it is plain wrong. Nowadays Pharrell is considered a sex symbol: it seems like ages ago that Noreaga was calling him a “homo” in public…
Another one who made an unconscious mistake. Still, building the image of Noreaga from scratch has resulted in rappers thinking that personality is more important than technique and message. Very bad mistake.
The last one of the suspects, and one of the ones in real trouble. As a business partner, he ripped his man off. As a rapper, he ended up giving space to too many irrelevant weed carriers (I see you, Bleek). As the president of the biggest hip hop label ever he did not do his job of developing artists that could have original messages to bring forth. As a guest artist, he appeared on too many shitty songs. And that Death of Autotune is definitely a commercial move. Seriously Jay, get a good lawyer.
by Antonio from The Canteen of the Deranged
Built Like That (Storch dissing Timbo)