This blog is coming hot off the presses, and is inspired by a conversation I had last night about hip-hop and who’s bringing it lyrically and production-wise. So pardon the stream of consciousness type feel of this, and lets jump right into it. Music is an ever evolving thing, and as time goes on, the sound changes. I remember a time when one did not have to scour the internet looking for innovative emcees, and it often takes a lot of energy just to keep up to who is out. I have to admit that, at this time, I tend to favor the older stuff. In last night’s convo, there were a couple of names thrown around that I wasn’t familiar with.
We hip hop heads of a certain age can be stuck in our ways, and not so welcoming of newer talent. Back in the late 90’s early 2000’s I would constantly dig for the artists that I liked or had something original to say. Now, unless I am really impressed, I don’t check for new emcees like back then. I do like Jay Electronica though. That Roots album is awesome, even though I got no chance to review it. What I realized is that I need to get caught up with my hip-hop a lil’ something. So, I gotta realize that in all likelihood, Kool G. Rap is not going to come back out and go plat. *hears folks in the crowd whispering, “Who’s the old guy with the gold teeth and the lisp?”*
Because of this, I will need your help. Yes, you, fellow hip-hop head. Who do you think is bringing it lyrically in today’s game? It can be commercial, underground, across the pond, emo-rap, whatever. If you think they saying something, let me know. I really need to update my Zune, (Yes, I said Zune. #MicrosoftStan) I can’t keep running Das Efx and Poor Righteous Teachers and thinking I’m gonna be current with the culture.I’m waiting to hear from y’all. Peace!
-Marc W. Polite
P.S. I may get my Backpacker card revoked for this, but I have to say that Nicki Minaj did her thing on “Monster” *ducks*