Rapper’s Are The Rock Stars Of Today

Rock and Roll was considered the rebel music of its day. Young people  naturally gravitated towards it, and older people rejected it. It was flashy, in your face, and counter-culture. It simply was the new wave of its time. Fast forward to today and that all has changed. Hip hop and Rap is now that wave.rock and roll

I grew up listening to a lot of different music, but hip hop and rap was always the coolest. It was the music that your parents didn’t quite approve of but somehow resonated with you the most. It was more than just music too, it was a culture that you lived and breathed. I spoke the dialect, I dressed the part, and I lived through the music. And I wasn’t the only one. I had a whole generations of kids beside me doing the same. hip

Look at some of the biggest artist in Hip Hop right now.  Artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J Cole have created such an impact that kids are growing up wanting to be just like them. When either of these artist drop an album it feels as if social media stops for a minute to bask in their greatness. And their shows are simply ridiculous. We are talking arenas, stadiums, even a sighting on the street garners such great attention. The fans live through their music and that is the power of hip hop’s rock star power.fo

On the flip side though, these are mega stars. So it makes sense they would get this kind of attention. What about rappers who aren’t as popular? Well I can tell you from first hand experience it still is just as ridiculous.

I have gone to many small clubs and venues to see rappers who were famous but not at the superstar level yet. Rappers like G Eazy, Mac Miller, Bas, and Logic. The reaction and love these artist got were crazy. People would stand 5 hours in line just to get into these places, then stand 3 more hours for a show. It’s crazy, but that’s rock and roll or should I say Hip Hop. asap-ferg-21

Kanye West once told Zane Lowe in an interview that “We are the new rock stars.” Kanye was of course referring to rappers. Usually Kanye is a little off in his judgements but he got this one right. Rappers are the new rock stars and we are just living in their world.

50 Cent is Hip Hop’s Pettiest Man

50 Cent never misses an opportunity to be petty. Recently, 50 flexed his petty habit on instagram against long time foe Ja Rule. 50-Cent-Ja-Rule-Instagram-Shots-640x448.png

50 posted a meme of President Trump appointing Ja Rule as secretary of festivals. This was an obvious shot at Rule’s Fyre Festival that was cancelled and failed to meet the hype of the next great festival.  50’s meme:https://www.instagram.com/p/BThKru1FEpF/

On the surface this is a light shot for 50, who has done must worse in the past. 50 has literally feuded with almost every rapper to come out of New York in the ealry 2000’s.  However, a deeper look will tell you that 50 can’t and will not let old grudges die. 50 has feuded with Ja rule since anywhere from 2001- 2003. I was maybe 5 or 6 at the time this became public. It is 2017 and I am now 21. Maybe, just maybe, 50 should let this one go. He won’t though, because he is the pettiest man in hip hop and isn’t that part of what makes him great though?

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It is and in reality we wouldn’t want 50 any other way.

 

Record Labels Are A Thing of The Past

During a performance in San Diego, California, Chance the Rapper performed his hit song “No Problems to the back round of images that very anti Record labels. Chance  changed the labels names to insulting terms, swapping out Sony for Phony, going from Def Jam Recordings to Don’t Join Recordings, and from Aftermath Entertainment to Can’t Do Math Entertainment. If this is a sign of things to come, record labels will be a thing of the past in five to ten years.    Chance the Rapper

For the past 40 years, hip hop has been a pop culture trend setter. It is the music of the youth and the youth are the people in charge of setting trends for the future. The trend now in hip hop seems to be independence.  Artist now seem to want to take control of their own business and reject the control of record label. All of which are signs that the days of record labels in hip hop are coming to an end.apple-music-spotify-tidal

The emergence of music of music streaming services like Apple and Spotify, have changed the way people receive music. These companies act as distributors the same way labels use to. An artist doesn’t have to go to a label to get their music put out. The artist could go to apple, spotify, or most commonly the internet and put it out for free. Social media allows individuals to become stars on their own. A label simply cannot do anything for you in the internet based world we live in.

Look at someone like Chance the Rapper. Chance has become one of the biggest artist in hip hop. He recently won a Grammy for a free mixtape and is doing arena tours with music he made using his own money.  Chance is the future of hip hop, and he did that without the help of a label. I think more and more people will follow Chance’s lead in the future and leave no more room for record labels.chance 1

The artist of this generation will take the power back from the labels. Independence is the new wave.

Is Kendrick Lamar A Top Ten Rapper of all time?

Kendrick Lamar is arguably the greatest rapper of this generation. Since 2011, mainstream media has fallen in love with the Compton native for his lyricism, honestly, and overall complete artistry. He has won seven Grammy’s and appeared in songs beside music heavy weight’s like Beyoncé, U2, and Rihanna. On one of his latest songs The Heart Part 4, Kendrick out right says, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, I am the Greatest Rapper Alive.” And he probably is right. But is he top ten all time in the history of rap? The answer is, not yet.

Kendrick Lamar is arguably the greatest rapper of this generation. Since 2011, mainstream media has fallen in love with the Compton native for his lyricism, honestly, and overall complete artistry. He has won seven Grammy’s and appeared in songs beside music heavy weight’s like Beyoncé, U2, and Rihanna. On one of his latest songs The Heart Part 4, Kendrick out right says, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, I am the Greatest Rapper Alive.” And he probably is right. But is he top ten all time in the history of rap? The answer is, not yet. damn

Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar dropped his 3rd major studio album Damn. Social media was ablaze with compliments and praise for 14 track LP. Like his other two classic albums, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, and To Pimp a Butterfly, Damn seems to have lasting messages that will reveal itself over time. It’s too early to call his latest installment a classic, but it sold 603,000 units its first week, making it the fastest selling album of the year thus far. Kendrick is probably on his way to his third straight classic album. Which is in addition to his classic Section.80 album, that was released under Top Dawg Entertainment.

These are all great accomplishments that cannot be taken away from Kendrick, but the sample size isn’t large enough to compare to other rap legends just yet.   k dot

Lets look at others who he would be competing against. People like Jay-z, Eminem, Tupac, Biggie, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, DMX, Jadakiss, LL Cool J, Nas, and Scarface. That’s just to name a few. These artist all have more extensive musical catalogues, time put in, and bigger legendary acceptance than Kendrick does at this junction in his career. There is no denying K dot’s talent and his incredibly high ceiling. However, at this time I think it’s unfair to place him up against these greats. He simply needs more time.

Though, in 10 years I don’t think the discussion will be is Kendrick Lamar top 10? I think it will be is Kendrick Lamar the greatest rapper of all time? Only time will tell. But what do you think, is the man they call Kung-fu Kenny Top ten right now? Comment below!

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