Is right now hip-hop’s new Golden Era?
Rappers Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne
When you begin to think positive about hip-hop today, you realize there hasn’t been this much diversity in the music for a number of years.
You have catchy, young people-friendly tunes from artists like Soulja Boy (“Crank Dat”), Lil Mama (“Lipgloss”) and Unk (“Walk It Out”).
Then there’s the adult-contemporary style being pioneered by veterans like Jay-Z (“30′s The New 20″) and Common (“The People”).
There’s also the brash confidence of a Kanye West (“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”) or Lil Wayne, the street-hardened delivery of the invigorated 50 Cent (“I Get Money”) or Young Jeezy, and the return to prominence of legendary acts like UGK (“International Player’s Anthem”).
And don’t forget that essential ingredient of the rap recipe – beef – with this year in particular seeing diss tracks from an endless list of rappers.
Are you enjoying hip-hop in 2007?