My mom used to get this thing in the mail, I don't remember the name of it, that let you order cds for super cheap. It was always really exciting when she would let me pick one for myself. I don't know why, but for some reason I was compelled to pick this cd with a crazy cover. I had never heard of this group before but was drawn to it. That was 10 years ago and to this day I still listen to it. There was something in this music that hit me, hard. That album was the Wu-Tang clans Forever.Over the past couple of weeks I have been watching a lot of Hip Hop Documentaries in order to prepare for the one that I am doing. Talk about an art: Hip Hop is one of the hardest things to do right. You have to have everything perfect in order for it to hit. From the beat to the flow, the voice, the hook it's honestly one of the hardest things to do right. You can have an emcee who is great, but if the beat is lacking then the point wont hit as hard. Using a hook, or having a chorus gives the song a whole meaning, but again, its hard to decided what the hook is going to be. Think about some of your favorite songs, what do you like about them? The lyrics? The Music? In Hip Hop, for me to like a song, I have to like it all. That's why most mainstream hip hop I can't get behind, people like to think that just because it's on the radio it must be good. What I am (sadly) realizing is the real reasons why certain songs get played over others.
I'd hate to play the race card, but I find it very interesting that the only big songs are about drugs, acting stupid and getting in trouble. After talking with Flow, I understand the reasoning. It's all a way to control what people do. If you want to see a good film about the governments role in hip hop culture watch Letter To The President. I watched it last night, pretty eye opening.
If you aren't into hip hop there's a good chance you haven't found anything that hits you on all those levels. Just like any genre, you can't judge it solely based on what is on the radio. In order to truly not like something, you should at least give it a chance. Heres a couple of really great artists that changed hip hop for me.
These are artists that are all in the 'hip hop' genre, yet doing completely different things in terms of style, technique and art.
Still working with Flow on the documentary, more to come...