Happy Holidays Hip Hop Heads!! Whew! Who knew that 2016 would signal a change in pace for Hip Hop music and culture. Rest in rhymes to Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, our condolences to his family and close friends. For this holiday season Hip Hop Culture gifted us works from top tier emcees and lyricists. A Tribe Called Quest, Childish Gambino, Don’t Smoke Rock, The LOX, J. Cole, and Common all delivered outstanding musical projects for our holiday listening pleasure. 2016 was truly the year of the emcee. All of the aforementioned artists respect the culture and make it apparent in the way they curate their albums. These projects aren’t just a bunch of collaborations or hit singles these projects represent the direction Rap music is going for at least the next three to five years and I guarantee you all that the artists mentioned above have been around for at least the past seven years!
All of these works are great gifts for the Hip Hop Head in your life. Go out and buy a physical copy, you know it’s okay to do that. I listen to the digital copies, yes but I still go and buy a physical copy. Artists aren’t getting much for their album streams. A single song needs 1500 streams or plays just to get $600. I’d rather them get a percentage off of a single album purchase. We have to support these artists and others like them or we will have the same style of Rap for the next ten years or maybe longer. Surprise your young person or your old head with a dope Hip Hop album and watch their face light up. It’s not the gift but the thought that counts. Watch the old videos for some of your favorite Christmas Rap songs and get into the season! Hanukkah begins the day before Christmas and Kwanzaa begins the day after so there is much to celebrate. The election results are just that results. The result of what happens when we the people allow the government to operate without any criticism or accountability. We don’t want to get to a point where the government looks to the corporations for bailouts subsequently having the corporations run the country. (I know they do now but it’s more of a behind the scenes situation)
Enjoy Hip Hop Culture with your family and friends this year. Relax and kick up your feet and teach your young person some Hip Hop History. If you want this thing called Hip Hop to continue in the way DJ Kool Herc, Rakim, J Dilla, Big L, Jay Z, and Chance the Rapper carried the tradition teach them something while they are out of school during the holiday break. You can educate adults too! Young people you can educate an adult or a peer about some dope Hip Hop. My younger cousin put me on to a young lady named Noname; after I told him Kodak Black isn’t allowed in my car. (LOL) We can educate each other. It takes a village to raise a child and a nation of millions to hold us back! If knowledge is power and ignorance is bliss is your glass half full or half empty? Happy Holidays y’all, peace.