It was about time witty people like Saul Williams raised their voices to combat a commercial, capitalistic hip hop that is only motivated by the greed of money.
Like the brilliant emcee dared to point it out, while many others would have remained silent on the subject, because of their own commercial interest, hip hop’s state of mind is first and foremost a rebellious state of mind.
Should we remind folks that hip hop was born to support black people’s fight against racial discrimination in the late 60’s, mainly because the US government’s mad housing policy had left loads of people homeless? In its essence, hip hop has never ever been advocating capitalism.
It has never praised big cars, nor did it take pride in dumb artist gold diggers with zero knowledge of what this musical genre is all about.
The truth is that the hip hop industry is run by a bunch of corrupt clowns whose one and only goal is to make “big chips”. Some of them would even walk on the dead for the same purpose.
When Nas claimed that hip hop was dead, he reached a certain amount of disapprobation from commercial hip hop listeners, who didn’t mind to tell the rapping genius to “get lost”, implying that he did is time and was too old to understand the current age of hip hop.
The music industry is corrupt, many artists in the business are all rotten.
A bunch of suburban morons are trying to imitate a culture they have no idea about. A bunch of spoilt suburban girls are supporting commercial labels, thinking they are “hip hop” just because they dress hip hop and listen to some commercial driven (c)rap.
Violence is breaking out everywhere. Not so long ago a rapping battle in Detroit turned into a bloody crime area. People are blaming it on hip hop culture, as usual.
Each time the word hip hop is mentioned, loads of misundertandings occur.
So who is going to save hip hop culture?
Only the pure, the brave-hearted, the dedicated underground emcees, those who don’t deny hip hop’s African roots.
Take it how you wanna, but those words are inked from a hip hop dedicated rebel’s pen!
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