You’re Killin’ Me: Hip-Hop Vegetarians
Just like man was made to eat beef, hip-hop artists were meant to beef. I know I’m asking for trouble by taking on the vegetarian debate, but man was made to eat beef. Beef provides a complete source of protein, and it’s delicious. Too much beef can kill you though. Therefore, sometimes people choose to go vegetarian for both health and moral reasons, and that’s cool. But it’s not cool when rappers start to go green. Beef is entertaining but like real beef, or anything else for that matter, too much of it can kill you. Rappers are supposed to beef except that today’s rappers can’t do it in a healthy way. What happened to the healthy days of Kool Moe Dee versus Busy Bee Starski or BDP versus Juice Crew? You don’t have to die over beef. It’s all in the nature of competition. KRS is still alive. Busy Bee is still alive. Rappers shouldn’t be scared of beef! Now that’s that shit I don’t like. Yikes.
Hip-Hop is moving away from one of the things that made it hip-hop, and it worries me. I’m all for the progression of the culture and the music, but beef is crucial for hip-hop. Competition nourishes advancement. Beef doesn’t always have to be negative either. Rappers always talk about staying away from beef because they’re focused on positivity. Last time I checked, competition is healthy. Target vs. Wal-Mart? Kobe vs. LeBron? Apple vs. Microsoft? Competition always brings out the best in contestants. Since we have no real beefs anymore, hip-hop seems stagnant at times. As a result, we have these watered down songs with recycled verses and regurgitated beats. There’s no one to check them because everybody is trying to be friends with everybody. Even blogs fail to check sometimes. Maybe the blog has a relationship with the rapper and they can’t fairly judge the material. I know for a fact that this happens. Just keep an eye out long enough and you’ll see who has a relationship with who. Competition is healthy! There’s plenty of inherent competition in hip-hop, but no one is really going head to head. No one has drawn the line, and when a line is drawn, rappers run away from it. If a rapper disses a crew one day, the next day he’s calling for an end to the dispute. You’re killin’ me.
But why are they scared? Rappers are scared to beef because they fear of having their fake pasts or flawed lyrical abilities exposed. Can you imagine Drake and Chris Brown in a battle? Side note, why is everybody attacking Drake? I know of a dozen inferior rappers, yet they’re untouched. Moving on, rappers seem scared of a little competition. That’s why they elevate situations when they don’t need to be elevated. Instead of fighting with their verses, they act like degenerates and start throwing bottles. They take the violent road because they don’t want to go down lyricism ave. Why do you think that we never hear replies? Rappers can’t compete. When people can’t compete, they lose. When most rappers can’t compete, hip-hop loses. I’m not surprised at the 1-hit and done rappers. They’re not bred to last. This vegetarian attitude is hurting hip-hop. Everybody is so damn scared to butt heads because they don’t want to be exposed. We shouldn’t be asking them what they think of so-and-so, we should be asking them, rare, medium, or well done?
Rappers, the green diet can possibly kill the genre. Y’all are starting to sound the same. I’m not asking for an all out war either, or for you to go out and find beef where there isn’t any. When the beef lands on your plate, don’t run for the exit. Grab your fork and knife and dig in. You’re killin’ me.