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09-02-2010, 05:18 PM
this kinda goes all over the place but basically is about how a lot of people are focusing on hating some rappers guest appearances on a pop star's track when there is so much incredible music out right now that we could be focusing on listening to instead...


The whole hip hop world’s buzzing off the collab (http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/08/30/justin-bieber-%e2%80%93-runaway-love-f-raekwon-kanye-west-prod-kanye-west/) from superstars Justin Bieber, Kanye West and what Yahoo refers to as “a surprising name from hard-core rap (http://nymag.com/images/2/daily/entertainment/08/02/15_raekwon_lgl.jpg)”. I’m bumping the Fabolous EP (http://www.sohh.com/img/Fabolous-There-Is-No-Competition-EP-Cover-2010-07-29-300x300.jpg). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been playing the shit outta that “Runaway Love” remix and loving every minute of it (which puts me with about 1% of hip hop fans right now) but that revamped Loso mixtape is the perfect dessert to last year’s still listenable album. I see that Black Milk album (of the year (http://cdn.2dopeboyz.com/m.php/2010/07/20100726-ALBUMYEAR.jpg)) is dropping soon and its starting to get a little shine, and the KRS-One/True Master collaboration album (http://www.mixtapewall.com/uploads/2010/07/KRS_One-True_Master-Meta_Historical.jpg) is light years beyond what I expected from artists who I was really starting to think were far past (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVV2VRF_aMI) their prime (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz_EQ6x8UFs). Yet at the end of the day all the gossip and bullshit is about a mafucka getting paid to remind us that the Wu-Tang clan ain’t nuthin’ ta fuck wit.

We all get caught up in the hype of some controversial shit, I mean damn it’s one of the reasons (http://archives.cnn.com/2001/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/19/grammy.eminem/index.html) Slim sold more albums than anyone in hip hop, but when I see this strange combination of talent covered on major news sites (http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/hiphopmediatraining/289671/kanye-west-justin-bieber-and-raekwon-aint-nothin-to-mess-wit/) I remember that what the outside world thinks of hip hop is partly what we allow to become such a big deal. Granted big names generate stories, and the media predetermines what’s going to be delivered to the masses, but a lot of us (myself included) spend too much time hating on the petty shit instead of focusing on what’s relevant.

We are having one of the best years ever musically, the talent is at an all time high, more and more artists are getting put on through various outlets and breaking through to the mainstream, so why did I see 80,000 tweets from veterans expressing disdain for two of their own opening another door in the hip hop world and allowing more and more people in? Are a bunch of 10 year olds gonna be bumping 36 Chambers anytime soon? Naw, but if just one kid that was only really playing along with his friends on that pop loving bullshit starts nodding his head a little to the beat, he may just stumble upon the 9 Generals. And the saga continues…

It all comes back to continuing the culture and the music through every avenue possible. Hip Hop is still looked at negatively by the majority, and when we take the few instances where they have a chance to appreciate what hip hop is capable of, and we shrug it off as some bullshit or get really pissed, it doesn’t help the culture look any better. Not to mention that being the genre of music often described as not actually being music, we shouldn’t be dismissing legitimate artists so quickly because it doesn’t make us look any more intelligent about musical theory. It’s really ok to like an artist you once hated or discredited as being untalented (hey uh….that Nicki Minaj verse on “Monster” (http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/08/27/kanye-west-monster-f-jay-z-rick-ross-nicki-minaj-bon-iver/)…wow, that shit was ILL).

So even though it’s fun to shit talk and wonder which rapper is next gonna appear in the Kat Stacks library of payoff checks (http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/08/kat-stacks-files-police-report-against-carmelo-anthony.php), the music is what drives us all, and when we got such great music out there as we do now, it’s much more enjoyable and a whole lot less stressing about some shit that ain’t gonna be remembered in 6 months. Shit I remember hating on Yung Joc but I also remember him hitting the milk carton like 2 years ago, so rather than get all pissy that another M.O.P./LFO-style (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oosGceJjuJY) collab happened, just bump some dope shit. Get back to the music…