Real Hip Hop

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Real Hip Hop by The Sunset Kid

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Listen to new rap music by The Sunset Kid, "Truth be Told" .
Produced by Steven One.

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Today's Mainstream Hip Hop Just Not Doing it for You?

Have you ever found yourself listening to mainstream hip hop radio and wondering how some of the songs getting airplay even qualify as hip hop?

If you answered yes to either of the questions above, then you maybe realize there is something wrong right now in hip hop.

What Has Happened to Hip Hop?

It's a shame what mainstream acceptance and "the industry" have done to hip hop. Makes me miss the good old days of the 80s and early 90s when hip hop was still scorned and looked down upon by "polite" society.

Confessions of a Failed Hip Hop Publicist

By Andrew Martin

Behind every mainstream rapper glorifying money, sex and violence, there is a cast of managers, publicists, lawyers, program directors, DJ’s, bloggers, journalists, producers and other industry executives working hard to make that artist a household name. Behind every Chief Keef, Tyga and Trinidad James, there are college educated men and women whose job it is to promote music that contributes to the dumbing down of our youth. Behind every music video full of half naked girls, there are casting agents and directors who would never allow their own daughters to portray themselves in such light. Behind every rapper who claims to be a thug, there are countless professionals who send their kids to private schools while promoting music which sends our kids to prison. Behind every mainstream rapper on BET, MTV, Hot 97, Power 106 and any other popular station in your city, there’s a Clear Channel, Viacom, Emmis Communications and Radio One made up of powerful decision makers who would never in a million years listen to the kind of music they get rich promoting. And behind every rapper with a criminal record, there’s a publicist spinning a story to make crime more marketable.

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Amazing What Passes for Hip Hop Nowadays

Program Director at Mainstream Hip Hop Radio Station in NYC:
Kanye West's "Yeezus" Album Saved Hip Hop

Does that sound a bit questionable to you?

First Generation Hip Hop

What is first generation hip hop? I've been grappling with this concept in my mind for quite some time now. Think of it as that first generation that was there to witness, experience, and be a part of the birth and growth of hip hop from the very beginning.

As that first generation continues to grow older and eventually pass on, the world will quite obviously be left with later generations of hip hop artists and fans, who "were not there" on the scene to experience and witness for themselves the birth and growth of hip hop. 2nd and 3rd generation artists may have some of that original sound, look and feel of authentic hip hop, but the later generations will perhaps find it more and more challenging to stay true to those certain characteristics that make a true hip hop artist. The temptation to replicate and mimic the most popular and trendy styles and sounds of the day, in an effort to achieve mainstream success, will make it even more challenging for artists to keep it funky and stay true to the tenets of real hip hop.

In order for hip hop to continue growing and thriving, it is important for artists to experiment and develop new styles, to stay current and keep up with the times. With many artists, however, it seems the more they try to innovate and "get new" with the genre, the more it ends up sounding like pop music. We think Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest said it best when he said, "Rap is not pop. If you call it that, then stop." (Check the Rhime, The Low End Theory, 1991)

Rampant Ignorance in Hip Hop

By now it is glaringly obvious that there is lots of ignorance and ego to go around in the hip hop industry. It's no wonder so many casual observers are left with the impression that hip hop nowadays is all about the glorification of money, drugs, gangsters, murderers and material objects. All of the blame, however, cannot be placed only on the artists. After all, there must be a huge demand for that type of music. This demand comes from the fans. Actually, "audience" might be more suitable than "fans" for purposes of this discussion. There is a huge audience out there in the world, but how many of those who make up that audience are true fans of hip hop?

Hip Hop Fans: Separate the Real from the Phony

Yes, these days there is more than enough ignorance to go around in hip hop, and it seems like there is a huge segment of the hip hop audience who may be just a tad bit ignorant of the history and culture of hip hop. They are also ignorant of many other things, to be sure, and all of these factors combined contribute to the overall problem facing hip hop today. These are phony hip hop fans, in the most humble opinion of this website. For these listeners, being "real" is all about being "gangster", getting drug money, catching bodies, and doing time.

What is the difference between a real hip hop fan and a phony hip hop fan? The real hip hop fan recognizes real hip hop as soon as they hear it, even if they never hear it on a commercial hip hop radio station. On the other hand, the phony hip hop fan seems to only acknowledge what they hear on commercial hip hop radio as real hip hop.

DMC of Run DMC: Listeners are Brainwashed

"All I’m saying is a DJ should be able to discover an incredible ass rapper in any city state or country today, and be able to come on the air tomorrow, and play that song…but he or she can’t…because of programming!"

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