July 16, 2010 8 Comments
Welcome to another edition of Light Fridays
Hip Hop elitists are constantly complaining about the steep decline of hip hop as artists like Soulja Boy are on the rise. The dissonance grows louder now that there is a constant stream of dance music emerging out of the South. To them I say, get over yourself. While it is perfectly understandable if one style of music is not your personal preference, but to blame as the pitfall of hip-hop or dismiss it as it has no place in hip hop is both erroneous and unfounded.
The history of hip-hop has always been an outlet for both social commentary and a reflection of the fun mirrored in black community. Anyone who says hip-hop has no origin and dance, call-and-response, and catchy music doesn’t know what they are talking about. There was once a time when no one was murdered in hip-hop. There were no how-to guides of how to manufacture, distribute and profit off the drugs. It was just story telling and music made for the basement parties. The good ol days… So as I listen to current music, I can’t but think of the pioneers of the like Run DMC or Doug E. Fresh that are notorious for getting their crowd hyped and involved.
However, I am not delusional. I am fully aware that a lot of the new age performers lack the genius of many that came before like Slick Rick that painted a perfect picture in rhyme. My point is that not everything in hip-hop is heavy or profound. And as much as I love Jay-Z, Nas, Common, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, I don’t want to hear it at the club. No one goes out to just bob their head and contemplate life and social ills. They go to party. The basement parties have just moved to bigger venues.
So come on people, open up your hip-hop umbrellas. There is enough room for everybody.
Seriously what is a La Di or Da Di? Go Head. I’ll Wait.
Really what is the difference??Not much!