Maybe I’ve got the wrong kind of stereotyping going on, but I think that there are 2 schools of Hip-hop, in my opinion: first you have the commercialised ‘Yeah-Yeah-Yeah‘ yahoos with pants down, blinged to the high heavens in ostentatious fashion, and only just sing about women and money & such. Personally, I think they should expel everyone from that school and the principal fired! Then there’s the other school of talent that I’ve been told by real connoisseurs of hip-hop music to check out.
Talib Kweli is an amazing poet, make no mistake about it. He’s from the same school of creatives that talk about socio-economic situations, and that’s why he’ll always get my vote.
That said, though, but when it comes to the live performance from most hip-hop artists, I have no idea what they are saying. It’s like a whole new linguistical Pandora’s box that only the true hard-core fans understand. Talib would say one thing and the crowd would respond with a loud shout, and I’d be wondering, “What did he just say??”
Anyway, what do I know about hip-hop? I can’t say it’s like Marmite, because I do enjoy some hip-hop; more like broccoli: the older you get, sometimes you realise certain vegs are good for you. 🙂
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