A Rap Moratorium


This week it is Hip Hop Appreciation Week! This week calls for celebration and reflection in a time where Rap music is getting back on the right path, lyrically. How can we excel this process? What can we do to actually steer Rap music in the right direction. The direction being a balance between socially aware, club bangers, and political action. Rap music can be what it once was but with new faces. The Rap music industry is not a union but it is in a lot of ways a factory. Imagine yourself a young nineteen year old getting hired at a factory that pays millions of dollars on the surface but only guarantees your job initially for three years. When you start your new job you aren’t trained in the field they just put you on the line with the rest of their workers. The job seems like everything you’ve wanted on the outside but as you continue to work long hours and spend less time with your family you realize it’s not everything it’s cracked up to be.

What is the best way to ensure that the workers are trained properly, taught how to manage their money, understand business, and have longevity in the position. You even start to take on the negative ways of your coworkers. Young Rappers don’t really have that anymore. The labels want you to already be a package deal even for some who haven’t even completed high school! We need to go through the industry with a fine tooth comb and rid the game of all the ‘culture vultures’, bad accountants, bad label reps, executives, and some owners. A moratorium is defined as a temporary prohibition of activity or a suspension of activity. Rap music needs a break. No deals, no studio time, no shows, nothing! Only artists who have been active prior to 2000 should be able to work as ‘Rapper”. Everybody else needs to go back to the training class. Allow the Rakims, the Redmans, the Eric Sermons, and Eazy Mo Bees to mentor and teach the new comers. Have the Queen Latifahs, the Kool Hercs, and the Ras Kass’ to replace the old executives and managers.

You can grant a pardon to the new Rappers that are actually holding down the Rap game with quality. Rappers like Logic, J. Cole, K. Dot, Fashawn, Wale, Cyhi da Prynce, or a RTJ should be allowed to continue working and growing as emcees. Now I get that music is free speech and you can’t regulate that type of thing but that’s why Rap music needs an overall organized authority. If we can come together to do such a thing the impact on the culture and society as a whole would be insurmountable. The Rap industry doesn’t ‘lay-off’ but any artist can get dropped at any moment. There is no job security in this industry so while the moratorium is going on these young kids need to be in school somewhere. A lot of emcees have college degrees or completed at least two years so why not create an associate’s degree program in the field? You can get a degree in acting, art, and other creative outlets so why not Rap? Some say you can’t teach someone how to Rap well how did these Rappers learn to Rap? They were either taught by someone else or self-taught. A lot of the best ones are self-taught but that’s because people don’t know how to teach Rap music.

Rap music needs to go into a moratorium so we can get our house in order. We need to focus on Rap music within the culture because breaking hasn’t suffered, graffiti hasn’t suffered, and dee jaying to an extent. If we crack down on Rap music dee jaying will follow. We can’t control how DJs outside of Hip Hop Culture operate but we can govern our own. Happy Hip Hop Appreciation Week.


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