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Opinion: Is hip hop dead?

Bless up. The state of hip hop is a very grey area nowadays. There are a lot of people who think rap is at a peak time and there are a ton of talented rappers who have a lot of potential. There are others who will not listen to anything that has come out after 2010. There are different opinions on every artist out right now and there are a ton of different types of rap. Some people hate it and some people love it. But, there are people who say, “hip hop is dead,” and that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Nowadays, in my opinion, a lot of rap is trash. Songs by Lil Pump, rap songs like Gucci Gang, and rap sections in songs like in Bad Blood with Kendrick Lamar…ugh. I hate those kind of songs. Though I’m not a 90s kid, I hate the way rap sounds now. In the 90s, hip hop was fantastic and flourished! Originality, real passion in the words…now it’s all about getting high. Even though, a lot of older hip-hop was still about drugs, sex and love, it also had a lot of it had raw passion and meaning. Not so much anymore. It’s become vain.

But there still is a lot of good music coming out right now. I’d be a hypocrite if I said I don’t listen to Travis Scott or the Migos. Even if what the content is what has died; the lyricism. It’s still very enjoyable and Hip-Hop is the most popular it’s ever been. It’s also becoming so versatile that rap verses are included in pop songs. There’s also other artists that remind me of Nas or Common which include J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Logic. So even if the old hip hop is dying out, that doesn’t mean the new sounds emerging don’t deserve their praise. Even Nas, who wrote “Hip Hop Is Dead” with the release of his eighth studio album, says even after 10 years that , “It’s better because it gave birth to Kendrick, J. Cole, Drake and a few other great, great artists.” Nas might be a living lyrical miracle, but he’s also a fan of non lyrical music. Earlier this year, he revealed his fandom of Future and said the ATL hitmaker is “pushing flows forward.”

So don’t forget to keep an open mind and to listen to what the people nowadays have to tell although you don’t like their music. Hip-Hop has been a social indicator ever since, so don’t look at it with the same ignorance that people who don’t listen to “our” music look at it.