Ten Acts That Could Save Hip-Hop

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Earl Sweatshirt wants you to ask "what the fuck is really going on."
Dear hip-hop, what the fuck happened?

When did hip-hop become about bogus egos, dehumanizing women, hating ourselves, and stupid, unrelatable statements like #SufferingFromSuccess? Hip-hop was a music of the people, but now it's a culture of the blind-leading-the-blind into a party full of strippers and bad decisions. The next morning, you chalk it all up to "well, that's the game, and I married it, so, oh, well."

The party-ready ratchet culture has become irresponsible. It's good to let loose once in a while, but that sort of superficial shit is not acceptable unless moderated by intelligent discourse. It's time to sober up.

Thankfully, there's a movement beginning to bubble. And we're ready for some hip-hop that speaks to our morals, our lives, and our hopes for the future. If hip-hop wants to be something more than just a parody of itself, it needs to turn the camera around, and get more introspective. We're going to need more role models emerging along the lines of these 10 trailblazers.

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10. Danny Brown
How many rappers you know can get their dick sucked on stage without missing a line? Danny Brown is the smart-man's answer to the mindless joke. The Detroit-bred rhyme slayer has a cartoonish demeanor and party-ready delivery, but dig into his lyrics, and you'll find a message that touts word-play, critical thought, and experimentation as being just as integral to his character as weed smoke and big titties.

If we have one complaint, it's that Brown seems to rely on the same flow a little too much, but he's still one of the best live acts we've ever seen, so we can't hate. If we must get ratchet, we'd rather get ratchet with Brown than anybody else.

9. Kanye West
He may be the biggest ego in the business, but all that huffing and puffing is probably just a lot of nonsense covering a pretty insecure soul. Bro definitely has some issues, but all that personal conflict translates into some really remarkable music. He's the ultimate instigator, and he's not afraid to put himself and his music out on a limb in the name of progress.

Whether you're a fan or not, West is doing things to hip-hop no one has bothered to do before. He's taking it to new levels of musicality and complexity, especially on his last two LPs. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is probably going to go down as his magnum opus, and Yeezus is one dark-fucking monster with more angry, self-depricating attitude than Trent Reznor in '93. If Kanye continues to take risks and push himself, 15 years from now, hip-hop will find itself in a more elevated place artistically than anyone could have seen it going before.

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19 comments
Rich
Rich

Rittz or Yelawolf??

TK Small
TK Small

Hopefully not its been around way too long

noshitmail
noshitmail

You can't be serious. No disrespect to Hopsin and Snow Tha Product, but you mention them and not Wrekonize (or Mayday)? Shortsighted and shameful, especially since he's in your backyard. Not saying you should play hometown favorites, but at least take note. The guy charts Billboard first week on three different charts (#9 Rap, #27 Indie, And #84 Top 200) and nothing?

needs_to_be_more_organized
needs_to_be_more_organized

LMFAO HOPSIN? SNOW DA WHAT LOL??!? USUALLY YOU ARTICLES ARE GARBAGE BUT THIS IS A HIT N MISS


STICK TO ANOTHER GENRE


KDOT, KILO,  DBROWN N JCOLE (even tho i dont really fuck with em) WILL DO THE JOB AS WELL AS KANYE HAS BEEN FOR A COUPLE MORE YEARS

Golden Soulstream
Golden Soulstream

First take the words hip hop, from the ending of world star as a start...

Ezekiel Angulo
Ezekiel Angulo

Hip Hop is alive and well; it doesn't need saving! What you are talking about is Rap Music. What's changed is that quality rap music is no longer in the front lines of TV and Radio because it doesn't make $. That ended after 1999. Hence the term "starving artists" for those that stay true to their craft these days; what you have now are "entertainers" selling you a persona or a gimic. You now have to search for sincere music on the internet, but it's out there. This new millennium music on tv and radio is a perfect reflection of our society at the moment. Empty and shallow with no depth or sincerity. If you want audio art then turn off the radio and tv and explore the many music sites like Spotify, Lastfm, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. There is a whole universe of talented producers and skilled emcees out there that are contributing to Hip Hop everyday.

Dan Kannaly
Dan Kannaly

I refuse to believe that disco died.

Paul Campbell
Paul Campbell

anyone who thinks hiphop still needs saving doesn't listen to hiphop. The days of soulja boy, wipe me down, and wack shit are over. There's a lot of great music coming out these days and if you're not familiar it's probably bc you're not part of the culture

Kenny Southwell
Kenny Southwell

i'd rather listen to fingernails on a blackboard than most of this crap.

vetoe13
vetoe13

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GARBAGE!....SRSLY those 10 are "the answer"....GARBAGE!

The only way true hip hop will come back is if people stop supporting the no talent hacks out there! 

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