I woke up today, to the US and UK trending topic #BestMixtapesEver and I thought… Easy. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia Ultra and Kid Cudi – A Kid Named Cudi. But before I could finish the tweet, another 2 mixtapes came to mind – Hodgy’s Untitled EP and J. Cole Friday Night Lights. But then I felt I couldn’t leave out J. Cole’s other mixtapes and then even more artists came to mind. Before I knew it, I had run out of space.
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It all got me thinking about just how strong a mixtape can be and how important they are to music in a day where just about anything can be downloaded for free.
Hip-Hop isn’t dead. The torch is brighter now than it has been for years and young, exciting artists like A$AP Rocky, Meek, Big Sean and Earl look to keep that flame burning for a long time. And every one of those acts have one thing in common, a team. Continue reading
In 2006, one of the best rappers to have ever lived made a bold statement. Nas’ album title claimed Hip-Hop was dead.
Now Nas might have been throwing out a controversial statement just to drum up excitement and push album sales, but after a year full of “snap music” singles, I couldn’t blame him. No matter how catchy “Laffy Taffy” and “Snap Yo Fingers” were, they did nothing to prove to outsiders that Hip-Hop was anything more than simple, trashy lyrics that glorify women and somehow, spawn a dance.
And that’s the killer problem.