Thursday, October 4, 2007

Oh Hip Hop, oh Hip Hop where are you?

For several years now, hip hop, or what used to be hip hop, has hit super lows with me. Every song repeats the same 4 points

1. Shaking ass

2. The club

3. Broken English or Ebonics

4. Snapping fingers

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with Hip Hop. There’s no soul in it anymore. There’s also nothing positive or inspiring in the lyrics or in the artists. The true spirit of Hip Hop is still there, but it’s hidden and not brought on the radio or television. Instead of gems like, “You Must Learn” and “Fight the Power”, we have “Crank That”, “Party like a rock star” and “Candy Shop”. People like this music; they like the juggaboo, minstrel show Hip Hop has become.

The lyrics are lazy and tired, but it sells and people love it. And the funny thing about this is the fans. They love this stuff; they love to see the “nigga” in us. And for some reason we let this continue. I can’t explain how this hurts…for a quick buck, we still can be sold to the highest bidder. And these artists (very loose term) are willing to do what they got to do. But I wish they would see what they are doing; how they are setting us back several decades. All this bling-bling, Ebonics, and foolishness have to stop. Instead of making the dollar, they should make a difference. Our children need role models, we need to more exceptional brothers on TV, we need to see champions…not clowns, jesters, or gold tooth buffoons. We need a change.

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Viktor is a small town southern boy living in Los Angeles. You can find him on Twitter, writing about pop culture, politics, and comics. He’s the creator of the graphic novel StrangeLore and currently getting back into screenwriting.