Music and the fickle

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?

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This song was the beginning of a shift in the album! Before this song was recorded, a similar concept song was done but didn’t pan out. One day @ G343 studios I got the idea of using a sample from a song that really just motivates me, and me and MPLI got to working on it! The magic was created immediately and I got a chance to black out on it! Its such an emotionally charged tune. The subject was autobiographical and allowed me the one song to get personal without rehashing my previous album! This song has been the 2nd single for the album! To hear go to http://www.gowherehiphop.com

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