What can toy say when parody surpasses what can be genuinely considered the state of the art.
Hip Hop used to represent a realistic view of the trials and tribulations we went through as a culture. From Grand Master Flash and The Furious 5 to Public Enemy Hip Hop expressed the angst felt throughout the urban community.
Look at the run down nature of the hood in that video. You’d think you were on the set of ‘The Wire’, but the point is, the message was there in the lyrics. Now it’s all about bullshit. Sure there are still artists pushing the envelope of truth. From Jay Electronica to Blu & Exile and Joell Ortiz (The picture of Brooklyn he paints is where I’m From).
Yet the reason I say parody > actuality is because the stuff we hear for mass consumption is a caricature of what Hip Hop was. Sure a Sensual Seduction here and there is thrown in for good measure, but between the Wipe Me Down‘s and such, I’ve come to find a more appreciative ear in a comic’s view on a Hip Hop song than I can appreciate an actual artists (if you can consider what Boosie and Weebie do art). Of course the argument is made that that music isn’t for our generation, but rather for the 18 and under set and I feel them, yet, the latest offerings by our artists amount to disappointment and marketing ploys.
I’m sorry, but Kingdom Come was Hov‘s Nastradamus.
So yea, Friday night and I’m posting a video about a comedian rapping a song titled Normal Guy. I guess I can relate to that more than trapping and such.
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