In society today, the state of hip hop is doing very well economically. However, the number of legitimate hip hop artists has decreased drastically. There are several reasons why the hip hop world is losing its content and credibility. In almost every song you hear on BET, MTV and the radio, rap artists talk about the same thing, such as: How much money you have, how many cars you have, how many women you been with, etc. It would be nice if we could get more MCs like Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Common and Mos Def. These rappers talk about life, knowledge, African heritage and other intelligent things. People respect these artists for their minds.
When you listen to rap lyrics, the majority of them make little or no sense at all. Most of these songs have no main idea or central point at all. It’s almost as if they just make a song with a good beat and just hope people will dance to it. Some rap songs are nothing but noise and contain zero lyrical content or thought at all.
This is the biggest problem in hip hop. Rappers get behind microphones and rap about things they have not even done or know little about. For example, almost every rapper claims that at one time or another they have sold drugs.But according to first- and second-hand accounts, those things have been proven to be false. Or how they claimed that they are a gangster, when they don’t realize most gangsters are in prison or six feet under and not rapping.
What about the rappers who claim that they are from the projects and are actually from the suburbs? Also, what about when they talk about the people they have killed, when most of them have not even shot a gun, let alone seen a gun. Most of these rappers don’t even have criminal records.
Another problem is how rappers tell you that they have all this money but it’s not theirs, have nice cars but they’re video cars, and claim they have nice houses but stay in apartments.
There are very few rappers today who are real. The hip-hop industry is a marketing industry, which means they will say just about anything just to sell their records. Some of the young, immature rappers need to go back to the days of: KRS One, Run DMC, Big Daddy Kane, when hip hop was hip hop. We need to go back to those days.