Hip-hop has been evolving and dissolving. I cherish, respect and
appreciate what little substance is left of this now delicate genre of
music. More importantly, the individuals whose strife is dedicated to
bringing forth change and enhancement to future productions. It's a
burden that most wear and wear it with pride. Admirable in their confident and poetic nature. Yes. Poetic. My definition of hip-hop as a genre is poetry or storytelling set to a beat. Poetry is the art of painting vivid pictures with words. It teaches you acceptance, exposes the artists to facets of themselves, while equally exposing those same facets to the artists' audience. Art as a whole teaches you acceptance. Teaches the artist acceptance of their gift. Teaches the audience acceptance of art's presence. Artists, despite their craft, are very God-like in their ability to breathe life and death into their creation. These artists could very easily succumb to the pressure of watering down the content of their art in the name of album sales, but they're aware, there is no honor in that.
Incorporating poetically-potent-substance and
consciousness into your lyrics proves difficult being that the
majority is only out to seek music they can dance to. This is where Hip-pop comes into play.I understand the goal for most is to gain popularity, but at what cost? Most of what you've heard on the radio or seen on tv in the past decade has been Hip-pop. Seemingly, my preference of hip-hop or rather, what I perceive to be authentic-organic-hip-hop, resides in the underground nowadays. I'm glad that there are individuals who would rather suffer in the rhythym than bask in over-popularity. They're a part of something they love and so deeply desire to see it thrive and prosper. Sometimes I wonder if there are individuals who share in this appreciation for organic artists and the products of their artistry, their willingness to stay faithful to the art, condemning thoughts of compromising their art and embracing the Hip-Hop culture in its most original and purest form. For the sake of music and for generations to come, I certainly hope so.