Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hip-Hop's New Era

The days of the late 90's and early 2000's are long gone. 3rd string rappers (like Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek) on powerful hip-hop labels (Roc-a-Fella Records) can no longer even go gold.

Jay-Z and Nas, once the premiere rappers of the industry, are no longer relevant to the youth. In fact, hip-hop isn't the staple in music that it once was. Indie-alternative seems to be the genre of the moment. And Kanye's move into this genre seems to signal this transition.

Outkast disappeared years ago. T.I.'s going to jail. Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Common, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Jadakiss are all getting older by day. Lupe Fiasco can't run the genre by himself. It's up to a whole new era of hip-hop artists to  save the dissolving industry.

XXL Magazine (I magazine I once loved + read in my younger days) came out with the MC's that they believe will be taking over in the future. Maybe they can.

Wale (Washington D.C. native), Charles Hamilton (you already know I'm a big fan), Cory Gunz, Curren$y, and Kid Cudi.

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