Nasir Jones, Kendrick Lamar, & The Blasphemous Rapper

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Words by C. Renegade

Remember 2012? You should, because it was a good year for hip hop. Just off the strength of Nas’ Life Is Good and K. Dot’s good kid, M.A.A.D. city, it was a stand-out moment.

With that being said, I had very high hopes for hip hop music moving forward from that memorable point on.It seemed like the people began paying more attention to emcees like the legend Nasty Nas, Kendrick Lamar, & ScHoolboy Q & started to forget about the Tygas & Nicki Minajs of the game. It looked as if hip hop music was finally making its triumphant return.

& then tragedy struck.

The rapper formally known as Tity Boi 2 Chainz started talking about “big booty hoes” & rap fans instantly forgot about Nas’ underrated dedication song “Daughters.” Future rap-sang his way into our ear canals. Chief Keef became a household name. Meanwhile, people hear about Top Dawg Entertainment’s Ab-Soul or Big K.R.I.T. & say “Who is that?” Seems like we get so over-saturated with songs like Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” & that “Bugatti” joint that we drown in mediocrity while real Hip Hop material is screaming for its dear life. Oh, & in my opinion “Thrift Shop” is the closest thing to a minstrel show, minus the blackface. Just putting that out there. 

Now, I’m not saying that zero GOOD music is coming out. & of course we expect to get that music from Kanye, Jay Z, J. Cole, etc. but is there ever gonna be a time when I can turn on my radio & not hear songs about “good kush & alcohol” 7,564 times in 3 hours? Is there ever gonna be a time when I will want to actually buy more than maybe 5-7 albums per year? Think back to 1999 & how many GREAT albums came out that year. Not good but GREAT… I wonder if that’s ever going to happen again. Hip Hop music may never have a year like that ever again.

I know musical taste is all opinion but I also KNOW that I can’t be the only one that had higher hopes and expectations for Hip Hop in 2013. So tell me, is Hip Hop letting you down or are you satisfied?

BONUS QUESTION: Can you guess which rapper said this?:

    “Musically, I do hip-hop, but I’m not a hip-hop fan. I can’t even tell you where hip-hop started.”

Blasphemy I tell ya. Blasphemy.

Words by C. Renegade
@Renegade803

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19 comments on “Nasir Jones, Kendrick Lamar, & The Blasphemous Rapper

  1. Mysta Pulse says:

    Man this is so on point. Its like the music industry became more business and less artistry. If you can have high views on YouTube or a 100, 000 followers you on Twitter they want to talk business. They are so out of touch with people who create real music and that can make relate to the next man. I’m an artist, blessed with this gift of music an with that I will never compromise my gift to just sales. Hip-hop is a sport and in every sport you must evolve but evolving doesn’t mean mimic or do the samething the next man is doing. A big shout out to Kendrick Lamar and Nas for dope albums last year and hopefully we get more music this year to of high quality to. J.COLE album is nice and you get diversity, Jay Z album is great, Kanye West album is good as well. I’m an artist myself and one thing about an artist is everything that’s genuine around draws inspiration and the point I am making is if all your songs are about is cash and women and cars and drugs your a rapper not artist and there’s a difference between the two and that is talent.

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    • Gangstarr’s “Mass Appeal” says it all though. Sad to say a lot of dudes got skills but sell out to be popular. I’m an emcee as well and I don’t see the need to downplay my talent to be recognized. If the masses don’t wanna hear it, oh well. Oh yeah, and gotta agree with you on Cole album. It was well put together. MCHG is nice too. I gotta be honest I ain’t really gave Yeezus a good thorough listen yet. It just ain’t catch my ear I guess.

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      • MCHG is nice too. I gotta be honest I ain’t really gave Yeezus a good thorough listen yet. It just ain’t catch my ear I guess.

        It took #MCHG ’bout 3 spins for me to be drawn in & oddly, it was more the rhymes than the beats themselves that got me. Then I began to enjoy it as a whole. Defly a solid album.

        Yeezus is a different story. It’s not a traditional album in the sense of cohesion & predictability but I will say that it’s consistent with flashes of brilliance. Kanye proved that he has the lucidity to be in the music game for a long ass time.

        Unlike a lot of ppl who mesh the 2, I can’t even begin to compare one with the other. 2 totally different albums, both firm in their own respective right…

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    • Krissy says:

      I gave Yeezus the benefit of the doubt and let me tell you, he’s trying real hard to go against the grain but it came off as just trying too hard for me. I had to force myself to listen to the whole thing and that’s when I knew it wasn’t for me. MCHG is a good album but its not the best Hov could have done. What’s apparent to me with that album is that he went and the booth and just started rapping. He didn’t write anything down. It’s awesome he can do that but I really did want a little bit more. J. Cole was a pleasant surprise for me.

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  2. Soulrise says:

    “All around the world, same song.” – Digital Underground

    In the early 90’s it was Hammer & Vanilla Ice ruling the radio and “ruining Hip Hop”. In the mid-90’s it was any number of gangsta rappers ruling the radio and “ruining Hip Hop”. In the late 90’s it was Puff & Jay-Z ruling the radio and “ruining Hip Hop” (contrary to revisionist history hella purists were turning their noses up at Jay for his Big Willie persona and platinum obsession). In the mid 2000’s Ying Yang Twinz, Lil Jon, and Jeezy were ruling the radio and “ruining Hip Hop”. And on and on it goes.

    The point is radio has always catered to the shallowest of Hip Hop trends and besides a few exceptions never been some oasis of great, progressive artistic rap. Revisionists will go back and retroactively erase all the shitty songs that dominated the airwaves in that era and hold up the ones with lasting power and say “see? Hip Hop on the radio was better back then!” But the biggest irony of using today’s radio as a barometer for Hip Hop’s “direction” is that radio has never been more irrelevant. Between Pandora, Spotify, and iPods all most heads need to do is plug an auxiliary chord into their deck and they’re good. It gives a niche/lane to everyone out there whether it be pop, gangsta, conscious, middle class, whatever. I see more lanes for Hip Hop now than I ever did with rap radio even in the good ol’ days before Clear Channel bought em all and homogenized the playlists across the country.

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  3. Krissy says:

    And again THIS is why I am VERY picky about what I listen to as far as Hip Hop goes. I’m so spoiled by the real stuff that this crap out nowadays is just that . . .crap! I for one don’t won’t to subject myself to it. I want life to keep moving forward but I really wish music could just get a rewind switch and go back to what’s really real

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