Thursday, March 22, 2007

The News of its demise is greatly exaggerated

Hip Hop is not dead. I don’t care what Nas says. And how quickly mainstream media has jumped on the bandwagon to announce its demise. Decrease in album sales, no Hip Hop album on the Billboard's Top 10. So, what? Hip Hop is not dead. Hip Hop took a step back to jump further. To jump over the Fiddys and the Young this and the Lil' that of the Movement.

Hip Hop's next phase will be more reflective of the world we live in. Not the world where apparently I'm the only one who doesn’t drink Crystal but instead a world of fusion. Jay-Z and Linkin Park, Luda & Sum 41, Nelly & Tim Mc Graw, Jay-Z & Chris Martin were just tasty appetizers. Soon, we’ll hear Swizzbeats and Coldplay (on Swizzbeats's upcoming album) and hopefully more Hip Hop and World Music collaborations. Hip Hop and rock. Hip Hop & Jazz.

I do hope, however, the next phase of Hip Hop music will mean the end of the terrible Hip Hop music video. Enough already with the bikini-clad-underage-pole-dancers-and-money-throwing-crotch-grabbing. Oh, and the Movement needs a leader, a voice. A Marvin Gaye, a Bob Dylan or a Mohammed Ali. Come back Chuck D. We are ready to listen again.

For now and until then, there's nothing wrong with basking in the Classics:

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jay-Z & Chris Martin? When did this happen?

Martine | Le Groupe Milagro said...
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Martine | Le Groupe Milagro said...

Chris Martin and Jay-Z collaborated (vocals & production) on the single "Beach Chair" found on Jay's last album.