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What is “real” hip-hop?

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St. Louis rapper Huey

From XXLMag.com:

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?

Source: XXLMag.com

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  • Tolulope says:

    At a congress hearing in the 60′s a senator said, “I can’t tell you what porn is … but I definately know it when I see it”. Its the same with “real” hip-hop; you know it when you hear if.
    “Real” hip-hop is not necessarily abstract or deep, it could be light hearted and care free, it is not always about current social commenatry. However, it is always fresh-to-def, rebelious, innovative, retrospective, soulful and boistrous!!! That, my people, is “real” hip-hip.

  • BayArea4Life says:

    ^Man I definitely agree with that!

  • blookie says:

    ^same here

  • ICE LORD says:

    Download KRS-One: Hip Hop Lives (the song). The legend gives the REAL definition of REAL HIP HOP. Or y’all can just play all 5 of TI’s albums.

  • ICE LORD says:

    Oh yeah…The shop boyz n huey should’ve never got n the game for their own sake.

  • i.d. says:

    from krs to shop boyz it’s all real hip-hop. people need to stop trying to dictate what’s “real” hip-hop and need to start worrying about ill hip-hop.

  • 2sin4_lyfe says:

    Aye, I’m a southern boy so I’m deep into the sounds of TI, UGK, Z-Ro, and other lyrical acts but this new sound thats coming out is just annoying. Whether it be considered hiphop to some people, I consider it radio rap or hippop. I mean they just aint speaking for the streets the way TI and Z-Ro do. Take for instance DA SHOP BOYZ one verse which caught my mind and made me laugh on how much talent it took him to write this one verse,
    “as soon as I came out the womb
    my momma knew a star was born
    now i’m on the golf course
    trippin wit da Osbournes
    I seen da show w/travis barker
    rockstar mentality
    i’m jumpin in the crowd
    just to see if they would carry me

    bitches wanna marry me
    they see me they just might panic
    my ice make em go down quick
    like the Titanic!
    yeah, i’m wit da shop boyz
    you know what we do
    i’m surfin’ screamin’ kowabonga
    TOTALLY DUDE!!”

    LOL!!! WHAT THE FUCK!!!! I PERSONALLY DONT BUMP DA SHOP BOYZ, HUEY, AND ANY SNAP MOVEMENT MUSIC WHATSOEVER!!

  • DREW BOI says:

    IM FROM BROOKLYN AND SPENT A GOOD DEAL OF MY LIFE IN FLORIDA AND ATL…SO I KNOW BOTH ASPECTS OF THE HIP HOP CULTURE SOUTH AND EAST COAST….THE INDUSTRY IS SATURATED WITH ST8 BULLSHIT…U HAVE UP NORTH BULLSHIT=MIMS & DOWNSOUTH BULLSHIT= SHOP BOYS…ITS ALL ABOUT DANCIN NOW A DAYZ….THATS WATS SELLING…IF UR SPITTIN REAL LEGIT LYRICS…UR NOTHIN NOWADAYS….FROM EVERY REGION U HAVE PROFOUND LYRICS….SO IM NOT GONNA HATE ON REGIONS…BUT THIS SNAP SHIT IS RIDICULOUS….SOULJA BOY WAT THE HELL IS THAT SHIT…D4L WAT THE FUCK….REAL HIP HOP IS LIKE REAL JAYS…U CANT SPOT THE AUTHENTIC AND THE POTHETIC

  • LadyC says:

    I agree! Hip hop right now is all about dancing. Im personally sick of snappin my fingers, and makin my shoulders lean. People aren’t appreciating when real hip hop takes place. Give me some real lyrics, real talks! Why the **** do i gotta shake my laffy taffy… wtf. Makin up their own words and shit. Can’t go to a club nowadays and hear something lyrical anymore, instead we have to bop to Party Like a Rockstar!

  • HUEY ALL DAY PEOPLE DONT UNDERSTAND AH TYPE OF MUSIC

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