What is “real” hip-hop?
St. Louis rapper Huey
Atlanta’s Shop Boyz have the highest selling hip-hop debut on the Billboard charts this week with their album, Rockstar Mentality. Powered by their smash single “Party Like a Rockstar,” the trio moved 52,000 copies of the disc, but failed to make it into the Billboard Top 10, instead landing at No. 11.
Elsewhere on the charts, St. Louis native Huey grabbed the No. 26 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 with his debut LP, Notebook Paper. Although the album’s single, “Pop, Lock & Drop It,” has enjoyed heavy radio spins, its popularity only translated into sales of about 28,000 units.
Do the sluggish sales of the above albums indicate that a return to “real” hip-hop is imminent? Or is the music made by acts like Huey and the Shop Boyz “real” hip-hop too? What do you think “real” hip-hop is?