What Happened to Hip Hop?

journalism.jpg Barry Max

I got freelance assignment to interview A HIP-HOP ARTIST

I use the term loosely; the last time I saw this group peform it was a lot of rapping with a chorus at the end of each VERSE. The lyrics were cliche at best. I sat and watched, trying not to show my disgust. Actually, I’m fairly indifferent when it comes to groups that SUCK.


I am not indicting (If you are a member of the group and you are reading this, it is pronounced indite-ing not indicked-ing) these guys; they are following a simple formula they have seen a million times on BET and MTV where the scientific product placement and music marketing gurus make their good LIVINGS.
Lyricists are a thing of the past . I know a few good ones but they rap about BULLSHIT. Everyone from D-block (The Lox – Sheik Louch) has made me cringe and laugh at their brilliance, but they need to stop telling the feds how we apply the real science out here.

Except for J-Hood

“The cops got apartments in the hood with binoculars- but they know- that we know -that they know- that they watchin us”


It is none of their business. Stop making it hard for real gangsters. Stop snitching (stop rapping). The streets take care of themselves, rap about the dreams the dirty money fulfills instead of rapping about the dirty money.

Real hustlers, back in the day, when brothers could not even vote, got real jobs or went to the library, tried to dress up, aspired too live up to a standard that was denied to them. Suits, houses, and big cars. We can get that. Its no secret.

Now, lets buy some property ( with cash while its real cheap).

I long for the generation of wordsmiths that reject the whole gangster vibe. That shit is old, and it’s time for something new. I know guys out there who talk about the real pain out here in these streets and their lives.

They should be platinum.

Where you at Bennie Slums?



~ by barrymax on November 15, 2007.

9 Responses to “What Happened to Hip Hop?”

  1. With the proviso that I really like Chuck D. and Public Enemy (yeah, ancient history and all that), I have to say that all the self-referential stuff just isn’t healthy in the long run. After a while it’s just so much posing and not much else.

  2. Barry,

    I go back to the days when Hip Hop (aka, Rap) was bunch of guys hooking up a stereo system to a light post on 6th Street and Avenue D and blaring it until the cops kicked them out at 2 or 3AM. Of course, this was when it was still an expression of art and not an actual culture or a nation.

    Nice post, bro. Not into rap much myself, but I hear what you’re saying.

  3. Art what happened to the art? You are so right Spart- it became easy for record executives to sign the stereotypical acts- the images we can all believe in – opposed to uplifting concious music.
    Just like crack- the gangsta image was pushed on the nation and we ate/eat it up.

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  5. what happened 2 hip hop
    did the 80’s hip hop die
    or something, or am i sick
    of hearing that snap tenny bopper bullshit

  6. i used 2 be a fan of master p
    what happened 2 no limit records ?

  7. d4l killed hip hop

  8. crunk music nah its bullshit man,

  9. Dr Dre killed hiphop. Once the chronic came out and all that slow g-funk garbage, the entire landscape of hiphop changed. Lyrical skill or sophisticated layered beatwork became old. 40s, smoking weed, rhyming slow and simple and talking about killing people became hiphop. Tho real hiphop like AZ, Wu etc kept evolving hiphop it wasnt sustainable; all the radio stations and MTV played dr dre; then everyone (east, south) was on that tip; then it got dancy and ridiculously flashy (money, old ass bentleys) (south) and it got worse. Around this time is when hiphop got purchased by the big music companies, who only want to take their taste of success and make an extreme version of it; not take a risk on real hiphop.

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