So being as it was a slow week in hip-hop and I rather not update the whole Rihanna situation for 3 weeks straight, let’s take this time to discuss the current state of underground hip-hop.
Now growing up in the 90s; arguably the most solid decade for hip-hop, I grew up with the understanding that early underground hip-hop was that gully hood shit that didn’t really make its way too far from New York; which is partly true. Early 90s were a transitional period. On one side you have the fundamentals of hip hop, on the other you have the raw realness of hip hop. This is where you begin to see a divide, the tribe called quests against NWAs. Seeing as underground has always been non mainstream by the definition of the word, this period of time is when many of greats we know now began to master their crafts. At one spectrum you have groups link Onyx, MOP and Wu-Tang and on the other you have the brother Common Sense, De La Soul, Talib and Mos. When these acts moved into the mainstream, we witness the next era of the hip hop underground. The abstract hip-hop or back pack rap and that crack music. We are currently on the back end of this era; the likes of Atmosphere, Kidz in the Hall and Doom reppin one side and the late Stack Bundles, S.A.S. and Cory Gunz on the other.
This brings me to the main topic of discussion, we are currently in a time where internet and hipster hop are coming up from the underground. In a media crazed society it is really difficult to be underground. Charles Hamilton has already put out like 20 mixtapes this year. Cool Kids, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth, WALE!! they are experiencing great fame on the blogosphere, but do you think they will come up from this and make it in the mainstream as those who have risen from the underground have before them? I personally feel like they have and they will. Record sales will be down of course, it’s the easiest to download of the internet. My theory is they will be getting paid of the endorsements and not the record deals. I don’t see albums doing well; they have already put out great shit and even more great shit. Not sure what they would offer on an album that they haven’t already gave you. I’m not gonna go in on the this that much cause I’d like to know your thoughts on the topic (plus I’m still re-upin from Royal’s b-day); I know there’s a few heads out there who read this. Royal, Cap, Sticksworth, get at me.
I leave you with this great video
(get at last week here)