I woke up this morning thinking heck, I haven’t heard a good slapper in a minute. I’d be satisfied to hear a hit joint from 50Cent or Fabolous or Ludacris an Snoop. Even big names like these have slowed the pace. I thought to myself? Listening to artists like E-40, J-Stalin, Holle-S, Mugzi, Kosha Dillz, ProfessorX an his TME camp to name some examples – all underground but worth the listen. All pioneers respected for their own contribution to rap but on an underground hip-hop level. Yes, Rap should always influence hip-hop but in my opinion the media has seperated the two.
I can listen to all those names and suffice my listening pleasure for hours but tuning my dial to our local hip-hop station would deliver me what the media calls hip-hop and rap and so far im not sold. I havent bought a .mp3 in years let alone an album via iTunes. Im not impressed and not supporting wack rappers and their contracts with the radio.
Hip-Hop Lives… On the Underground scene. Its true. I respect individuals like Tavis Miller who founded currently is producing the West Coast Hip-Hop Awards… My guy Rich Wing and the Sacramento SolCollective organization who brings underground rap to all ages out there in Sactown. D.Labrie heads the Bay Area Hip-Hop Congress… These individuals are doing a lot for underground hip-hop and helping the unheard get heard because as long as these rappers are getting money the media will find a way to get their cut on behalf of their dream to be a lyricists/emcee. The question is who are the real pimps in the rap game. The ones handing out checks if you ask me.