Life has its good times and bad times, up and downs, ins and outs, and the like. When Nas said that Hip Hop was dead that was during a critical time in the industry where we weren’t sure how the industry would continue with the introduction of downloads and software like Napster, Kazaa, and Limewire. Today Hip Hop Heads I am pleased to say that we are definitely on a Hip Hop high right now. We are in the thick of the Pusha T VS Cash Money via Drake beef and we have been hearing nothing short of spectacular auditory compositions by some of the best writers of our time. Bumpy Knuckles, The Book of Ryan, DAYTONA, Stream of Thought Vol. 1, and a new Nas album next week! I don’t know about you all but I’m loving it! After coming off of the Tekashi69, Trippie Redd, Bhad Bhabie, and Lil Xan madness to hear some jazz, a sample or two, and an album produced by a single person is refreshing to say the least. Then to have an artist release fifty songs is stressful to think about but when you’re a real emcee, have the respect of the Hip Hop community, and you know your worth you only need about five to ten tracks because everything you do is pretty much the standard for excellence.
Some might not recognize or admit that the culture was in a bit of a funk about a month or so ago. If you’re reading this and you aren’t looking forward to what the culture is slated to bring this summer than you need to get your head out of the clouds. When we have these Hip Hop highs certain artist know it is not their time to try and pull a stunt for attention or promotion. When it’s Hip Hop’s turn rappers sit down so the emcees can stand up but when it’s Rap’s turn the industry just becomes a free-for-all. I know everyone is trying to “get money” and there’s enough to go around but the young people that are just coming don’t realize that their money doesn’t grow on trees and they are really on a fixed income. Don’t let anyone try and rob you of your Hip Hop happiness by roping you into a conversation about why Young Thug is the GOAT or The LOX are washed. It goes both ways so don’t go up to a young person and scream about how much you love DJ Premier and Pete Rock.
I want to personally thank those who support artists who remain cognizant of what they say and actually writing their rhymes themselves. No matter where the culture goes or takes us I would be remised if I did not encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing. I’m not going to encourage the people who support the Hip Hop lows because they are more than likely there for the money and their only job is to keep that young artist out of their own affairs in turn exploiting them for profit. That’s essentially why we have lows. Artist are forced to put out full projects when they’ve only done a song or two here and there. Rappers have always gotten high but to get low is a whole other animal. Most rappers cope with stress and anxiety by using drugs and women indicating that they are experiencing a personal low. They’ll soon learn that they can’t get high to mask their lows and maybe then they’ll understand that highs are built off of hard work and talent in turn eliminating almost all of their lows.
“Got highs and lows on one path of greatness.” – Denzel Curry (A Day in the Life of Denzel Curry Pt. 2)