Thursday, November 17, 2011
A Once And Future Thing…
For a long time I have been without much hope for hip-hop. Based on what has become popular in such an influential genre I was forced to believe that the death of hip-hop would come after all. Because I was one of the ones who, despite liking the content, wholly disagreed with the title of Nas’ 2006 album (Hip Hop Is Dead for those not paying attention) I was hoping for the world to change. Nowadays I feel a shift in the paradigm of club tracks and nonsensical songs. Concepts and depth are slowly creeping back into this world we all love so much. Here in this article I will enumerate what can be expected from the future of hip-hop, whether it be good, bad, or indifferent. Let’s begin.
•The Much Anticipated: With everything that’s happening in hip-hop, more great songs are being thought up and concepts explored. There are many debut albums that look to hoped to be enduring classics. One such album (an album yours truly is looking forward to) is the debut LP of Meridian, MS rapper Big K.R.I.T. entitled Live from the Underground. Other rappers who we can anticipate great things from include 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and Big Sean to name a few. This year has proven that these men and more are hungry to break through.
•One Hitters: As much as it pains me to say it, expect more of those one hit wonders to come about. Granted, given the climate, they will be fewer than in recent years. As a quote once said, you can’t have lightning without the thunder. A little thunder is on hip-hop’s horizon.
•Hungry Ones: I have noticed that the hip-hop community is hungrier these days. I am so happy to say that particular statement includes established artists. Ludacris, for example, has put out a new mixtape (1.21 Gigawatts) that shows that despite his place in the hip-hop community he’s still a monster seeking to devour anything and everything. The underground scene is full to bursting with people who are poised to burst on the scene with a new flavor and a new scene.
•Creativity Resurrected: It’s great to see that creativity is making some sort of resurgence. I’m not sure about you but I had long since grown tired of half-naked gyrations and over the top bragging. Finally rappers are using their heads for more than a place for a hat.
Suffice to say 2012 looks to be a great year. Elections, the promise of a better day, and the certain rise of hip-hop.