Yeah, yeah, yeah. The Grammy’s were 2 weeks ago–old news Brian! Since then bands like Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, and Florence and the Machine have been dominating the iTunes Top 10 Albums as if hip-hop was dead and gone for good. Many I’m sure, like my mother, are breathing a long sigh of relief; relief from what she would call the continual barrage of stripped down 808 clap beats with lyrics about bitches, guns, drugs, teaching everyone and everything how to dougie, etc. As of right now, 1 out of the top 10 albums can be labeled as “hip-hop”–that one being Lupe Fiasco’s iTunes Pass to his upcoming album LASERS, which isn’t even out yet, sitting pretty at #10. Go Lupe Go.
Should we be worried? Were MCs like Nas correct? Is Tupac rolling over in his grave/throwing back drinks in New Orleans wondering how hip-hop has gotten to this point? While it ain’t looking good, all hope is not lost. In fact, the future of hip-hop is looking very bright indeed, and it’s not the future everyone is talking about. Read More »