Hip Hops’ Slow Death

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A few years ago Nas caused a big stir when he said hip hop was dead. Artist big and small dismissed this notation and claimed Nasir to be a hater of the current climate of hip hop music. However, years later, as the music has continued to evolve, I must say, while hip hop isn’t dead, it definitely is dying a slow death. There will always be wack music, stupid dance songs, great underground music that will never be heard, and commercial music that will irritate you after so many listens on the radio, but if you haven’t noticed, slowing but surely hip hop legends are dying faster than they can be born. Let’s not go back to the 80’s where Boogie Down Productions lost their comrade Scott La Rock. We can easily look back at the mid 90’s where we lost 2 certified kings of the genre. And since 1997 we’ve been looking for the next Tupac and Biggie just like the NBA has been looking for the next Jordan. Since Tupac and Biggie, we’ve lost Big L, who was supposed to be the next big thing. Then we lost Big Pun, he had one of the illest flows ever. Souljah Slim and Jam Master Jay were murdered with their cases still unsolved. Left Eye and Dj Am both died during tragic accidents and we can even mention Aaliyah, considering every slender brown skin diva following may not have a niche if not for this Timbaland protegé. Producer J Dilla who has provided many tracks for us to jam to left us too soon. Pimp C and Dj Screw both have left a void in southern hip hop that won’t be filled anytime soon. And let’s not forget Proof and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. And with the recent passing of Nate Dogg the original hook master, hip hop every year is losing legends that can’t and won’t be replaced. Death knows no color, race creed, or genre, but for hip hop seems to have its target perfectly lined up for legends.

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