On the oversaturation of the untalented in the hip hop arts / "A musical art which, at every turn, is being fleeced and bombarded with niggas who have no interest in artistry, only profit"
Wilhelm von Shadow
Truly, the practitioner of hip hop, the rapper, must come from a background in which he has been exposed to the experience of poor niggas at the close of the 20th century. The closer a rapper is to that scenario along with his ability for wordplay and narrative construction, the better the rapper will be. The best rapper to have lived was Tupac Shakur, without argument.
How many of today’s rapper can be said to approach the brilliance of Tupac? Hardly any and this is because hip hop is no longer being practiced in the same fashion. The rap artist is no longer expected to “earn his stripes” nor is he expected advocate for the group. He is expected merely to tease his audience with his façade of success in rapping, drug dealing, or both.
Another hindrance to good rap is the savagery and lack of refinement in the hip hop audience. Millions of listeners with so many different expectations allow rappers to offer low quality works. It is enough that a rapper produce multitudes of work with no attention to mastery. Add to this the fact that any rapper can present himself to millions of listeners for free via the internet and without being vouched for by expert ears, and we have the makings of a musical art which, at every turn, is being fleeced and bombarded with niggas who have no interest in artistry, only profit.
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