Hip-Hop has been around since the late 70’s and boomed respectively in the 90’s. It was originally an art form filled with powerful displays of imaginative word play and commune through battle circuits and free style circles. As a former aspiring Hip-Hop artist and producer I have had my fair share of experiencing what it feels like to have a crowd of individuals enjoy my works of art, let me tell you that surely is an awarding feeling.
However, in modern Hip-Hop the vibe seems to have shifted from real life street experience and progressive betterment of self through social classism, to focusing on the luxury life style including drugs, cars, money and demoralizing the image of women in the process as well as themselves. This was never the intended path for Hip-Hop. It is unfortunate that such a beautiful art form has seemingly degenerated in such a short period of time.
This is not to say that their aren’t any positive pieces of music whatsoever in the mainstream, but it surely is not the main focus of the genre as a whole. The current Hip-Hop scene is not geared towards expanding mental capacity or enlightening anyone through experience and use of intense positive emotion, which any effective and influencing form of art should be.
Personally I will stick with UnderGround Hip-Hop and Rap, as they seem to have talent, positive lyrics and speak from a personal perspective that feels fresh and progressive as a whole. In my own personal opinion mainstream Hip-Hop is dead, but hopefully one day a new artist or group of artists will come along with the defibrillator to start it’s heart again within the mainstream realm.