''Golden Era of Hip-Hop''
There was a time where Hip-Hop carried a strong message, from racism to politics. The rapper, Tupac Amaru Shakur (a.k.a 2Pac) had a single produced called 'Changes' which was later 're-mastered' with a new sample. It spoke deep into the acts of racism and Tupac shared his feelings on this through a rap. Tupac is one of the most common rappers of the 90's and is well known for ''speaking for the people''. He shared the story that many African Americans were going through during the 90's. Life was a struggle in the street, most rappers started out rapping as a way to show off their skills in the street when they weren't hustling.
A strong example of this is displayed in the movie titled, Notorious.
Notorious shares the story of the rapper Biggie Smalls (1972-1997). Biggie was a well-performing student with high grades and was appreciated as a student from his teachers. So, where did this change start? Biggie Smalls mixed with the more 'gangster' crowd of the street as a young child and looked up to them. He was dealing drugs on the streets of Brooklyn at only the age of 12! He was soon arrested at the in 1989 for carrying an illegal fire-arm and a year after his release from the cell he was again arrested for being seen dealing crack cocain! Biggie started rapping on the street, he would get into competitions. These involved hurtful ''disses''and woud get very personal through their rhymes. Biggie always managed to gather a crowd with his famous ''flow''. Biggie would have around 20+ people all surrounding him during these ''disses'' and would get a fair bit of money. Biggie was soon signed up with 'Bad Boy Records'. As a teen Biggie's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and soon passed away. Biggie's life was filled with pain, he was strongly considering suicide which was shown through his song ''Suicida
l Thoughts'' on his first album ''Ready to Die'' which was a huge success!
These two rappers, both died in a drive-by shootout at early ages. They both died within 1996-1998.
Nowadays, our most commomly known ''Hip-Hop'' involves talking about money, cars and women. It gives a bad example for the youngsters of our time. The lyrics in their songs usually contain ''slight rhymes'' to make the song actually sound like a rap and often have a strong computer created beat.
Is it all bad?
There is some great underground Hip-Hop still alive today, a good example would be ''Jedi Mind Tricks'' it contains a large amount of rap veterans such as, Immortal Technique, Vinnie Paz and R.A. The Rugged Man. However the underground groups don't get near as much respect as they should and are flooded under all the mind numbing Hip-Hop we have today. The Underground needs it's respect! Especially at times like these when people just pirate their albums and the groups get no money from what they produce.
I hope you learned a lot about this interesting and deep genre.