Where Is Rap Really Headed?
Is it dead? Is it alive? Are they hipsters or are they jerks? Folks are really scratching their heads about this rap thing. With Jay-Z talking “experimental” albums and Drake the game’s rookie of the year, the mic generals of the past, present and future are all faced with the uncertainty of where the culture is truly going. Where is rap headed? We’ll wax poetics after the jump.
In a news piece over at HipHopDX.com, Cormega had to clarified statements made about October’s very own, Drake, via his LegalHustle.net message board. After he exclaims that he never “dissed” the rapper, the Queensbridge rapper got to the bone of his issues by reiterating statements made in an interview with XXL.
“I can’t respect [rappers] that had a good upbringing or are rich that rap about the streets or the struggle, it just doesn’t seem realistic to me. I’m just speaking what I feel,” is what Mega said on Oct. 20th to rap mag’s website. And elaborates via his message board, “I’m just saying what’s wrong with rap. Everybody is glorifying the stupidity, they’re glorifying the derogatory treatment of women, everything derogatory is being highlighted and used to market hip-hop and that’s what I’m against.”
If you don’t know about Cormega, you can get your late pass over at Wikipedia.
The guy has a point. You have this new wave of rappers who push the same type of stories as Kool G. Rap and Scarface, but with the glitz and polish of a Sean “Diddy” Combs. I used to ask rappers during interviews if we needed to do a rapper background check and most believed that we should. I’m still pushing the petition, but is being a rapper – the street poet laureate – passe, in favor of appearing to be one just to push a “movement”?
Acts like Young Money are getting applause and angry looks for what goes on in their clique. Plies’ street card was recently pulled by Jamie Foxx and we all know how hard he pushes the “goon” agenda. There is a divide going on in the game. Think of it like rap’s secret war Marvel style. The only problem is we’re all pointing fingers without knowing where we’re headed as a culture.
Drake and Cormega are representative sides of a coin being flipped in an unknown direction. Which side will it land on? Speak on it in the comment section!