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World War 2.001

April 17, 2012 · Posted in editorial · 13 Comments 

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.

Written by @QuezKHH, like me on facebook.


13 Responses to “World War 2.001”

  1. Tha Music Spot on April 17th, 2012 4:57 pm

    Real Talk NY!! Stop da hate yall kno ya love underground and hip-pop ishhh, dont even front!!


  2. Troy on April 17th, 2012 5:40 pm

    You can’t write all of that an expect us not to reply…

    #YOLO for example was said by a mainstream rapper who took it from Rick Ross and there should be a project coming soon titled #YOLO

    Drake has a voice that attracts the attention of the mass, nicki is irrelevant to hip-hop. Onika has deleted her twitter, reportedly because she stole @IamVonDiesel catch phrase #IWillShitOnYourLife whether she did or not that’s not a reason to delete ones twitter account.

    Underground music V.s Mainstream music
    Immortal technique will destroy.
    Stop thissss


  3. Curt on April 17th, 2012 6:42 pm

    It’s a fact .Have a hot beat and a hook about living your life to the fullest sung by an r&b artist.. and it will probably blow up. I don’t have a problem with that because it’s a great thing. I do have a problem with songs like”swagger like us” where all the artists do is rap about how “good” they are and that’s considered good…


  4. DOPEKID11 on April 17th, 2012 6:46 pm

    Damn the picture above…that’s when Snoop went the lowest he could be lol I mean I got mad love for Snoop but I really think that california girls song was negative for him lol

    Anyway great article; i’ll always prefer underground but I respect what ppl like


  5. Sampz on April 17th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Amen to that brother


  6. hhmayhem on April 17th, 2012 8:09 pm

    Technically speaking every thing ever made for hip hop is hip hop. We need standards because hip hop is watered down with bullshit artists. You may accept everything as hip hop but I don’t consider my hip hop as sewage waste water.


  7. MFA on April 17th, 2012 9:49 pm

    Lol. Smdh… & people are STILL arguing. People are too stubborn nowadays. Also, people are too stupid.


  8. riphop on April 17th, 2012 11:02 pm

    Agreed with everything written in da article.

    MosDef should read this article the most lol.


    MosDef Reply:

    @riphop, someones thinking about me…lol


  9. MosDef on April 17th, 2012 11:39 pm

    Good article. I mean the underground is out there spitting knowledge n the mainstream has kids saying Yolo and swag haha I’ll jus stick with K.r.I.t words “Mainstream is cool but in my heart forever underground”


  10. The Royal One on April 18th, 2012 3:01 am

    At this moment the underground is destroying the mainstream artist. If my rotation of artist that are Royce Da 5’9, Kendrick Lamar, 2Chainz who is on the rise, & Kirko Bangz.
    You made sure you had to throw in a Drake reference. Of all albums you could use to describe diversed hip hop it had to be Drake’s comtemporary R&B album Thank Me Later. You really gotta stop being biased in Drake’s flavor. It’s cool you like Drake but giving him props in every serious article you write defeats the purpose. I was feelin you about everything till you dropped that Thank me now sentence.


  11. brianna on April 18th, 2012 10:00 pm

    thank you this is exactly what we needed


  12. Alaska1 on April 20th, 2012 2:20 am

    YOLO n oh SWA6!


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