Sunday, May 27, 2012

is Hip-Hop .. Dying?

   For years many people have said that hip-hop is dead. To argue this, many other people bring up rap artists now-a-days who make good music with context. But, what too many people fail to realize is that hip-hop is not just rap music. Yes, rap has become a large representation of hip over the years and probably even last standing but the hip-hop movement was more than that. During "the golden age of hip-hop", the 80's- early 90's, there were many different forms which all collectively made Hip-Hop so powerful. There was B-boying/breaking/popping&locking(all forms of dance brought about by hip-hop), DJing, Graffiti art, and of course rapping. This is all shown very well in the 1984 film Beat Street. Which is a drama featuring Hip-Hop culture of the 1980's in New York City. If you were to watch the film and compare to life today, you may agree that hip hop is dead. Hip-Hop culture is not the same and rap music alone cannot keep it alive. You almost never witness graffiti artists who take pride in there work, or break dancers, or REAL DJ's. However this is not my conclusion. I recently read a quote which said "Hip-Hop isn't dead, it's just buried alive. That's why it called underground." There are REAL artists. People who break dance and DJ and real create art with graffiti and rap artists with actual; talent. They are just "Underground". Unknown, Unsigned, not in the forefront, not MAINSTREAM. Is there anything really wrong with that? is the true question. I feel that Hip-Hop needs a new revolution and I feel that its coming.

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