Contrary to popular belief Hip-Hop aint dead. Matter of fact I think it's on the up swing. I'm not a huge fan of what's on the radio now-a-days (irony at it's best since I'm a radio DJ). However, I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I believe there should be enough lanes on the rap highway for everyone. For example, I hate Plies, but I think he needs a lane. I'm not the biggest fan of Soulja Boy, but he too should have his own lane. The problem is when Plies, Gucci Man, Soulja Boy, and OJ da Juice Man have all the access on the hip hop roadways things can get a little diluted.
Let me make this clear too, by no means am I a hip-hop purist. If you thought I was the back packer type think again. I look at music as a source of entertainment and not as a religious experience like a lot of people do. If people cook coke on a rap, and it comes with a cleaver bar, cook that shit up!!!! I just like good music. I like TI, along with Asher Roth. I bump Rick Ross, and Kidz In The Hall.
There s nothing wrong with just liking music at face value. I think sometimes we fall into these mold of, "I can't listen to that". Why? Cause it's not real? Who gives a fuck!!!
I'm getting off track here a little. The reason why I say I think Hip-Hop is in a resurgence is I can see the lanes opening up. People like Kid Cudi, and Drake are going main stream. Now, this is always interesting when your favorite "underground MC" get's adopted by the masses, but that's an argument for another day. The point I'm trying to make that the lane that was reduced down to one for these artist is opening up. The spirit of Del La Sol is relevant, and popular in today upcoming rap. Everyone doesn't have to be Young Jeezy. It's a beautiful day. The mold has been broken. I don't know if it was Kanye or what, but there is light.
I'm not saying that all rap now is whack. Or the South killed Hip-Hop. What I'm trying to convey is we as consumers need more options. In my iPod Wale, can coexist with Lil Jon. So as a new dawn approaches I think it's beautiful that the internet has allowed the listeners of this music the choice and I think in turn these labels, radio, TV, and print are seeing the old mold is broken and something fresher is coming soon.