World War 2.001
Who says Nicki Minaj isn’t thought provoking? Woah, woah, let me finish my thought before cyber-bullying me in the comments. Ms. Minaj is excellent at blurring hip-hop’s boundaries, and testing our hip-hop IQ. It may be her best talent. Music is subjective to begin with, so judging music is useless. Setting boundaries is even more foolish. Sure there are parameters, but just because music is crappy in your opinion doesn’t not make it hip-hop. There’s no hip-hop judge. Who are we to say what is and what isn’t hip-hop? Hip-Hop is whatever someone makes it out to be. The attack on mainstream hip-hop is a big waste of time, and can even be a way for underground artists to capture attention. So who’s fooling who?
In hip-hop there are many subgengres, and many divisions within fans of those subgengres. At the end of the day, hip-hop is whatever someone makes it out to be. A YouTube comment isn’t going to change anything because music is subjective. One of the underground’s greatest even says that anyone rapping to a beat is a rapper. Music is a whole lot like humans. Humans come in all colors, shapes, and sizes, but at the end of the day we’re all human. Even,
Kony, George Zimmerman, the internet’s most hated face is made of flesh and bone. Hip-Hop also comes in all sounds, and accents. Accept that.
The underground crowd has really influenced the animosity towards mainstream hip-hop as well. Most underground artists don’t have a ton of cash to shell out to market, so jumping on the bandwagon, and taking shots at mainstream hip-hop makes sense. Don’t tell me there’s no crappy underground artists either. Sometimes they’re just as crappy as radio rappers. Their subjects are almost always about the negative aspects of life. Mainstream artists mostly rap about the positive aspects of life such as money, girls, cars, and money, and money. One can’t have fun to someone rapping about the evils that haunt humanity. Just like the ecosystem, every piece in hip-hop plays an important role. Because of their polarity, the underground will always cancel out the mainstream, so hip-hop has nothing to worry about. Every genre plays a part in this complex system. Hate is useless. Like I said before, attacking the mainstream is a perfect way for an underground artist to get attention. Thank me later.
This World War 2.001 is pointless. No one is ever going to win this war because it goes against hip-hop nature. Both sides unconsciously need each other, and keep each other in tune. Without mainstream rap, most underground rap would lose its content and its responsibility to provide deep music. Without underground rap, the mainstream would not do what it’s supposed to do, make fun music. Therefore, this war is useless. Everything in hip-hop plays a vital role in the longevity of the genre. Hip-Hop is whatever someone makes it out to be because that’s the way music is. If someone is rapping to a beat, no matter how crappy it is, it’s hip-hop. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, and don’t listen to it. Additionally, remember that underground artists may or may not try to “brainwash” people into thinking that all mainstream rap is horrible when in fact, both sides need each other. But when the sun is down, and the moon is out, you decide what you like, and what you want to hear. What’s hip-hop and what isn’t? Everything you want it to be! I’m sick of the arguing. I mean, you can argue all you want, but I’m out.