View Full Version : Can We Be Held Responsible for an Artist's Actions?

08-11-2010, 04:05 PM
Today I ask whether or not all these rappers making decisions based on what we say is a good idea....


So the buzz around these interwebs is that Elzhi was kicked out of Slum Village (http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/07/29/elzhi-x-xxl/) basically because he’s better than everyone else who’s still left in that group and T3 was apparently not too thrilled that the Busta Rhymes move (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaders_of_the_New_School) had started to take place (what up Dinco, Milo and Charlie Brown, how’s that milk carton?). Now as far as Slum Village goes, they’ve always been cursed, from Jay Dee going solo and then passing (and then finally being recognized by people who would now call him the best producer ever but couldn’t tell you what the Ummah is), to Baatin sadly passing last year. When all you really have left is one original member and the dude who took the place of your deceased only to rise to prominence much more than the entire group did over the course of their career, it’s understandable that internal qualms would happen. But wait, it’s not “artistic differences” that got Elzhi kicked out, it’s Elzhi being too popular that got him kicked out, huh? You mean because we, the fans, like Elzhi more than T3, dude gets all pissy and takes his verses off the album?

I’ve heard of blaming other members of your group (http://egyptsaidso.com/files/2010/01/fugees.jpg), your manager (http://www.shoptradition.com/store/blog/uploaded_images/14_jerry-heller-and-eazy-e-794149.jpg), your record label (http://archuletamusic.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/jive_logo_bitmap2_r.jpg), and damn near everyone who you’ve ever worked with for pursuing other avenues, but the fans, really? We affect your creative output that much? This is the excuse Jay Electronica is using (http://twitter.com/JayElectronica/status/20697510102) for not releasing the much anticipated “Act II”, he’s scared we won’t like it (http://twitter.com/JayElectronica/status/20697520937). This is hip hop, the fuck kind of vulnerable shit is that? You think Kanye was worried what the fans were gonna think when he dropped his epic “808’s and Heartbreak” album? Or did he just push it like it was the greatest album ever made? Since when do the expectations of your fans make a difference in the art that you create? Your art is supposed to be a reflection of your life and your experiences and your thoughts and feelings at the time, not something you think your fans are gonna be happy with, unless you’re a (label) whore that does whatever you think is gonna sell, shit that’s Nicki Minaj’s game, the real rappers need to do them, not us (pause).

Last year Raekwon dropped a sequel to his seminal debut and honestly I don’t think anyone going in expected it to be as good as it was. The Chef had been through years of his fans shitting all over everything he did, from the RZA-less “Immobilarity” to the commercialized (which I loved) “Lex Diamond Story”, to his clowning of the quite impressive “8 Diagrams” album (at the 40 second mark of this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxVklC45bOQ)). Did that stop him from going in the lab and churning out a classic? Hell naw, he cooked that shit up so raw that people like me went into a cave for like 3 hours bumping that shit over and over when it first leaked. What do you think would have happened if Shallah was scared that his fans would once again give him the Maino face (http://www.buymerchant.com/images/products/hi-hater-shirt.jpg) for delivering baking soda instead of that crack? He’d be wherever U-God is right now instead of being literally EVERYWHERE in hip hop (BET Awards blogger, Travis Barker collabs, like 4 joints on the new CNN album).

I don’t know if the skinny jeans are making these mafuckas more sensitive or if all the twitter messages are making these rappers catch too many feelings but instead of worrying about some fanboy who’ll never be happy unless another “Exhibit C” or “36 Chambers” drops, how about just making some music that makes YOU happy? RZA had a 5 year vision that he had to convince all the Clan members to hop on board with, and rather than worry how the fans might react, he went ahead and created 7 of the greatest albums in hip hop history. I bet T3 and Jay Electronica could do the same if they spent more time in the lab and less time paying attention to our uninformed asshole comments. Rappers need to stick to making music instead of sticking to whatever the fans have to say. The fuck do we know anyway, we’re all just a bunch of haters.

08-11-2010, 04:18 PM
lol at you posting the bullshit here since heads know better than to go to your blog site

08-11-2010, 04:23 PM
dude honestly , no one reads your shitman . not to be fucked up , but no one cares about your opinion .

08-11-2010, 11:08 PM
lol at you posting the bullshit here since heads know better than to go to your blog site