Rap music, specifically its lyrics, have been given numerous labels, but not necessarily the positive labels bestowed upon other forms of creative expression. No matter the divisiveness or repulsion, other forms and disciplines are usually accepted whole. Here, we explore some of the reasoning behind the subtle, and overt, rejections of rap lyrics as true art form.
A divide is growing in hip-hop between genre traditionalists and the artists many of them call "weirdo rappers." In this editorial, we examine the various differences between the two camps, and explain why they're both vital to the future of hip-hop.
Rap is filled with a lot of MCs. No question. But what separates one rapper from the next? An artist's hometown is about as blurred as his flow and look compared to other like-minded entertainers. With the Internet and blogging, it's even harder to find an MC that's truly a product of where he represents. While we're growing to accept that sound does not need to be regional anymore, how have MCs evolved with the influx of independent labels, the blogosphere, and other elements of the millennial generation?
As the evolution of Hip-Hop continues to ascend into higher heights in the music industry, it seems that R&B is slowly but surely losing its soulful edge and assimilating more into the Hip-Hop genre. These days the rappers are "singing", and the singers are trying to rap. The question is, what happened along the way? We do some digging to answer that question.
New Orleans has always been a hub for music, first with Jazz and then more recently with hip hop. NOLA hip hop culture has been around since the '80s and the bounce movement, putting the city on the map for quality hip hop. But the damage of the storm proved to be much stronger than anyone expected. Artists and record companies like Cash Money and No Limit had no choice but to relocate to other states and lay low. Despite the permanent damage Hurricane Katrina inflicted on so many lives, the underground hip hop scene has slowly returned to the city in an effort to rebuild the New Orleans spirit.
There has been a lot of discourse about the Grammy upset, where Macklemore swept up in the Rap categories in favor of Kendrick Lamar's heralded album. But what does this mean in the larger picture? Does it even matter or does it matter all too much?