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10-04-2010, 07:42 PM
Today I look at the often hated on sub-genre of hip hop know as coke rap


First off, I don’t condone the sale of illegal narcotics and myself have never been anywhere near anything of that nature. With that said, cocaine rap is one of the best sub-genres of hip hop we’ve ever had and when done right it produces easily some of the best music in the whole industry. For those that complain that there’s no substance (haha of all things, “substance” is what it’s most full of) just cause yall ain’t never ran a block don’t mean you can’t appreciate a block runner.

The true introduction to cocaine rap was through Kool G. Rap (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Niua9KOzgrA) but I think most would point to the Cuban Linx era as the official jumpoff. While operating under the “Mafioso” title for a few years, artists like Jay-Z (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIq84HQ37Dc), Raekwon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfV602zA-Pg), and AZ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPepfIc_anc) (all in third person of course) gave us a look into a lifestyle that 99% of mafuckas could never and will never live, but with the right descriptions and uh…accuracy of their statements, you could feel like you were at that kitchen table with them.

The newer cats have shown that this form of rap can be about more than just boasting your business meetings, the Clipse have taken punchline rap and cocaine rap and fused the two perfectly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BNrRpwFXtQ), dropping bars that not only give true reason to believe their authenticity (http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.9041/title.former-clipse-manager-indicted-on-charges-of-leading-10-million-drug-ring) but also provide clever references to the white girl (cause at the end of the day, how many things can you really say about that raw?). Young Jeezy also found himself in a fortune position of having seen a lot (hypothetically) and lived to tell about it, and he too cooks up some of the “realest shit he never wrote” (http://content.onsmash.com/archives/40319) and delivers it with an incredibly unique flow and charisma.

The truth of the matter is there’s truth to their rhymes. Coke rap gets a lot of hate due to the “ignorance” of it and the violent criminal content of the lyrics, but this is exactly what society does to this very real part of itself. It ignores it. Therefore the “ignorance” of the genre resides not in the artists telling their stories, but those who dismiss them as irrelevant in a world that they are very much a part of. It’s the same reason why for five seasons The Wire was the greatest show in the history of television yet it never was given the respect and shine it deserved by mainstream America.

So amidst all the backpacker bullshit (http://cdn.nahright.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/lupe-fiasco-pharrell-williams-photo-by-terry-richardson.jpg), the necktie rap (http://faketalk.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/kanye_west2.jpg) we got from the vets, those conscious mafuckas who no longer wanna be called conscious (http://www.thehoodnerd.com/wp-content/uploads/gucci-mane-talib-kweli-poletgeist-thehoodnerd.com_.jpg), and this dope ass Waka Flocka Flame album, we got a whole group of artists who get looked down upon by some of their own peers simply because their stories involve some shit that privileged ass quasi-homos have never seen a fucking day of? Maybe they’re “always talking about the same shit” cause the hustle is a 24/7 job, and it’s a straight up business meaning you gotta think A LOT about future plans, past transactions, and how safe you are where you’re presently residing. The shit ain’t no joke.

Just like we’ll always have that mainstream element in hip hop, where some of it you can get down with and some of it makes you feel some sort of deep personal pain for what hip hop is apparently doing to you, this country will always have a revolving door of hard working businessmen, unless the government smartens up and legalizes shit (http://yeson19.com/), or stops disproportionately arresting those individuals (http://www.usariseup.com/sticky-wicket-questions/prison-population-shows-disproportionate-number-young-black-men) who are more likely to pick up and be respected on the mic (and we know damn well which of those would actually happen first). Coke rap is that shit, that raw shit, that street shit, that “real” hip hop I keep hearing people wishing would come back. Stop looking to the past for what’s still in the present.

10-04-2010, 07:45 PM

10-04-2010, 09:48 PM
so you think cocaine should be legal?

Sicka than aidZ
10-04-2010, 11:39 PM
cocaine bluntz,.. an hiphop tapez,...rubber car keyz an ID'z datz fake