Lotta folks know me as an artist too..I been ACTIVELY involved in hiphop 19 years. I was introduced informally by a babysitter to Tribe Called Quest first single “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo” then I was formally introduced by my sister, via Heavy D (R.I.P.) LL Cool J, X-Clan…I fell in love with lyrics….then I was Ultra West Coast (Snoop and Dre HEAVY)…then 94…I was introduced to Common Sense’s I Used to Love H.E.R. and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s Main Ingredient….
All that to say that my introduction to this was during the “Golden Age” of hip-hop. Even the mainstream had lyrics, fast forward to today 2014. I struggle not becoming the GRUMPY old man, but I can’t help it as the quality of the art has gone down. But why? Is it artist or fan fault? I say its a mix of both. Artists now are so commodity driven that they will go for what the fan wants, and fans are of a different genre and relate to different types of hip-hop than when I was a neophyte to this.
As a fan I remember every Tuesday was a BIG DEAL, Going to Coconuts, or Sam Goode, or Crow’s Nest in Chicago to get whatever was out, even the singles at $3.99. Now folks don’t’ respect the music. There is PLENTY of good solid fruitful hip-hop. but most folks won’t go far for their own but will justify going to say a Beyonce or a Gucci show. But they personally KNOW THAT artist….
Many a artist goes through it and it’s super frustrating but it builds character. However asking, what will it take to change that?