|Posted by Nutkaze on November 25, 2010 at 8:19 PM|
We as musicians have a lot of power to TEACH our listeners, to teach them something besides following the style of the times. Gone are the times when individualism was what music was about. When Marley came out, no one was doin what he did as well as he did it. He was unique and people wanted to be him. Poeple heard the truth from him even though they might not have been ready to hear it. Now take any of these new cats that we hear on the radio. They sound just like the song that came on before theirs and the song before that. i mean, i understand playing it safe and everythang but its not exactly helping people hear the truth through music u know? Being individual isn't in demand anymore and being a lemming is...that's what needs to change.
For something like hip hop, people seem oblivious to the state of what is happening to it. it wasn't about who could dance better or who looked better or who had a bigger chain...it was purely who had more skill, who was the doper MC. Now beuase of the influx lemming-like music it seems to be spawning an unprecedented amount of wack rappers. People who, by their lack of dedication to write an intellectually stimulating song, are dumbing down the minds of the next generation. The next generation listens more to music than they listen to politics. So that means if we as musicans play our cards right we do what everyone dreams to do...change the world. Its in our grasp to make a change, but we seem to be content with putting out what is PROVEN to sell. Take a risk, speak against tyranny, injustice, bigotry and racism and most importantly be YOURSELF...and if that doesn't sell, fuck em... u didn't compromise who u were to make a quick buck.
I see hip hop as any other style of music, if we don't play our cards right, hip hop can be over in the blink of an eye. These are just my thoughts, but in order for something to last it cannot have a line of progression as such but a circle of progression. A line will always end but a circle is forever. Using this formula, it seems imperitive that we take hip hop back to its roots so we can begin the process again, back to the old school....the glory days, the days that hip hop was an art form and not something to dance brainlessly to. when it was more than the beat and all about the message. hip hop started as a form of rebellion, yet we now choose to not rebel but to conform. Hip Hop should not settle, should not conform and should not yet not loose its relatablity to its original audience...the people in the struggle. Hip Hop is NOT dead but it is dying. Its not about keeping hip hop on life support and just seeing how long it'll live, its about curing the disease altogether. Its about giving the proper respect to the MCs who are actually saying something and encouragment to those who are not to speak up and take a chance.
Holy. Integrated. People. Having. Omnipresent. Power - KRS ONE