Individualistic, capitalistic, the primacy of personal property–no I’m not talking about your favorite conservative. I’m talking about 50 Cent or Sean “P. Diddy” Combs or [enter your favorite rapper here]. While so called “conscious” brothas and sistas may believe in the village concept, hip hop’s most talented and successful artists (predominately Black) are leading the capitalist and quasi-conservative charge! Yeah I said it, hip hop is capitalistic in nature. It really only makes sense considering we live in a capitalist society. Duh!
Have you listened to the lyrics of ANY of the most popular songs? Money is their god, individualism (it’s all about me) is dominant, and f*ck you if you don’t like it. You must be a hater! Frankly, hip hop really ought to stop parading itself as an agent of change. It’s laughable. What the hell am I gonna change listening to Young Jeezy? Well, I may decide to sell some dope for a while. I’m just this – – close to completely giving up on hip hop. Well, I mean, I won’t look to hip hop to stimulate my mind anymore Craig. All it wants to do is get me high, help me crack a few hoes, and even though that joint “Drop” by Rich Boy is absolutely bangin’, I can only hear about your cars and money so many times.
On the other hand, have you given those alternative rock stations a listen? They lyrics are real. You have to develop ears for the music, but the lyrics are about real life situations–NOT FANTASY. There is no way in the f*ck that EVERYONE was the biggest drug dealer in game (whatever the game is). Let’s be honest with ourselves folks.
While we may, as hip hop purists (whatever that is) be tempted to blame the record labels, I DON’T. Really, the record labels are capitalist machines, and their main goal is profit. They will produce products that earn them profits. If we didn’t want to hear coke rap, they wouldn’t make it. I blame us! This is our fault. No actually, I blame you! I don’t buy that music. I may download it for freedom from the piratebay, but I DON’T BUY IT!
Look, don’t get me wrong, I like to do the stanky leg too. I like big butts, and I like the way women go ape shit when “Blame it the Alcohol” comes on. Still, we need to do better. Dancing is one thing, but at some point we have to think about the messages we are putting out. Is it really not any fun if the homies can’t have none? Come on people…
…there’s gotta be some rules!