The Grammys Prove Hip-Hop Is Far From Dead
They said hip-hop was dead. But after watching Eminem, Jay-Z and Cee Lo and others clean up on Grammy nominations, you’ve got to wonder how true that statement is. This has been quite the year for hip-hop both in terms of mainstream and underground success. Just take a look at what we have had this year:
- Eminem, an underground emcee who rose to prominence in the mainstream, made changes in his personal life and released one of his finest works in years with the appropriately titled Recovery. Triple-platinum sales, critical praise and 10 Grammy nominations prove he’s done well for himself as a rapper who came from nothing, became something, hit rock bottom and rebounded. That’s what hip-hop is all about.
- Jay-Z, a street-hustler-turned-businessman and arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time, showed what it’s like to become a business and controlled his own destiny in the music industry. He didn’t allow the game to own him—he owned the game. And every now and then he’ll grab the mic and prove he’s still a hustler with an epic lyrical ability.
- Cee-Lo, an Atlanta emcee and multi-talented genius, took hip-hop to another level and showed its diversity. A monstrous viral song turned into an even bigger radio hit with “F*ck You.” Who would have thought that a big-bellied Atlanta rapper would become what he has over the years.
And you say hip-hop is dead? Nah, not really.