cats crack me up.
will their little Hip Hop Conspiracy Theories.
You know ...
'Hip Hop was diss ... till dey did dat.
Den dis happened and dat happened
den diss happened and dat happened.
Rap was diss. Den it was datt.
Rap used to talk about diss. Now it talks about dat.
It was 'Fight Duh Powah' now it's "Deez Niggas Won't Hold Me Back'.
We wuzzz ready to burn this mother down! ... Now all we talking about is making money and gettin' ho's!
I've been hearing versions of this conversation for 30 years.
The Hegelian Headfake, the Left v Right dialectic expressed as "Conscious" Rap vs. "Get Money" Rap.
Plebeian Thought Police minimizing the totality of art to a sum of its parts.
"Dat rapper is TALKING about this."
"Dat rapper is TALKING about dat."
Rap is a collection of "talk" like a painting is a collection of "paint".
"Conscious" rappers always have a conspiracy theory to explain their failure.
It's never that they got boring. It's never that they failed to evolve. It's never that they were simply goody two shoe preachers rapping over a beat.
It's always some white folks secretly empowering their competitors.
Some white people somewhere secretly deciding to support Cash Money Millionaires while sabotaging the careers of X Clan.
The reality is that "Everyday I'm Hustlin'" is a far more revolutionary track than "Fight The Power".