Editor’s Note: This was supposed to go up back when our blog was doing the year end rap up lists.. it was obviously delayed due to confusion on my part. Fuck it. I wrote it, so I’m going to poast it.
SHIT GOT WEIRD
For the last few years we’ve had to deal with cookie cutter street rappers, cookie cutter weed rappers, cookie cutter southern rappers, the whole “street wear rap” movement. That shit was fucking boring as hell. Blogs were feeding us dudes like Drake, Mickey Factz, Charles Hamilton, B.O.B. I mean, for the love of god, those artists are downright terrible and boring. They brought NOTHING new. And yes, it has been well documented that hip hop has more or less been dead since 2006 – I know I’ve pretty much hated everything that has come out in the last five years. They are why. I mean, let’s be honest – shit sucked.
Well dudes. I am happy to say that In 2011, that ol’ weird shit started flowing again and not for nothing; “RAP IS BACK!”™
I always heard that poverty breeds creativity and for the most part I believe it. People don’t want to hear that flossy ass rap anymore. Motherfuckers in real life can’t fucking pay their credit card bills right now. They want music that will make them forget about their troubles, not be reminded about them all the time. They want entertainment, they want escapism, they want characters. 2011 gave them a shitload.
Death Grips meth rap, Lil’ B borderline homosexuality, Tyler eating cockroaches and hanging himself in videos, Action Bronson stealing my look, Danny Brown’s haircut, Mr Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s whole shit … yeah, it is fucking pretty weird right now. And that’s good, it’s keeping me entertained.
In a lot of ways this 2011 weird shit kinda reminds me of the early 90s when I was seeing something new – with the Wu-Tangs, Native Tongues, the BCC’s, west coast g funk etc. It also reminds me of the late 90s emergence of the Def Jux’s, Rhymesayers, and Stones Throws… The subject matter is completely open and the creativity is flowing. The status quo is smashed to shit right now.
Shit comes in cycles – and we are standing on the cusp of a new wave of weird ass creativity. This is the new generation that will run the board for the next few years. And yeah, I like the torch bearers that we have out there right now. I am actually checking for new music again in hip hop. There is a weird feeling of enjoyment that I haven’t felt in years (no homo). So yes, 2011 is the year the weirdo took center stage – and saved a dead genre.
“RAP IS BACK!”™