Here’s Why Rap And Hip Hop Is Not Dead

So when they; whomever they may be feels like rap and hip hop is dead, I can’t help self but to continue to show to prove them wrong. That goes some of y’all favorite major mainstream rap and hip hop artist’s too. You know, the one’s like Nas? Did he naught make that statement, and did he really mean it? Now, I will say that both are in crisis and a state of emergency, but never shall either die so long as a life line, and spark in artist’s such as I and those who continue to carry the torch for both rap and hip hop still continue to keep the fire in the art burning by showing otherwise by ones elevating light.  

And even though, you have these new dudes coming out who show a good example of what happens when you dabble off into the commercial corporate world of the music industry. You can’t place all the blame on them, it is those who blindly build these dudes up only to see what reality looks like in the end when they are all used up and no longer are useful and needed and then comes the great fall.

People act like what is going on is something new, but it’s naught. It’s all like having cable. You seen these reruns before. Same ole’ song (Digital Underground Style) and soup warmed all over again, but now it’s a little different. And this is where artist’s such as self along with some other ones who you will find breathin’ on my new music CD drop “The Battle of the Mind Album.”

I felt the need to serve the people a taste of what to expect to manifest from the dark to the light of this album. Long awaited and anticipated and possible controversial project that took some year to put together 9 years. But why so long you might ask? Maybe because I possess a bit of the vision of Dr. Dre’? Maybe, and being that I do show an essence of how Dre’ would do (Put A Project Album on hold), I now see the importance to why even he would do such a thing. as an artist, and music producer those two alone are naught easy niches to be operating as. but for me it’s a little bit more to it than just that. Was it time for it come out years ago?

Maybe, maybe naught. But as I look, and think back on the moment the vision hit me, up to this point in time. Had I jumped the gun, and rushed this album out, it may naught have possessed the life, energy, balance and creative substance that it holds within each track. This isn’t about me, tooting my own horn. This is more about me being able to accomplish something that many of your favorites can naught say that they were able to do as a recording artist or music producer.

Can you imagine the mind, the stress, the depression, the setbacks, the frustration that an artist, and music producer takes on when trying to figure out what and how? I feel like I should have been had a nervous breakdown a long time ago. 🙁 But I think if you the reader are able to see where I’m coming from, you would now see why the title in itself fits naught only the vision, but also the time. You have to be very honest with self and in order to see how important this album is. All of the things that are going on in these days of time how could anyone find any focus whether you are a rap recording artist, hip hop artist, music producer and or just a musician alone.

That again I say is an example of the battle of the mind is it naught? Let me give you a quick story on what happened earlier. Young guy trying to get change out of people. I know that he about to ask me next, so I beat him to the punch and asked for .50. And guess what, he actually gave me .50, but before he did he asked “what you gone do for me?” and that’s when I hitt’em with the taste CD. But then it got deeper. moments later I watched him get arrested at the store for trespassing. #CanUImagine? Deep huh. What was the chances though, and was this a coincidence?

A shakeup wake up for him possibly? maybe, maybe naught, but it’s all possible. So this is why I choose to do what I do, and how I do because it’s bigger than you and I. It’s deeper than rap. I just doing what was asked of me, to reach serve knowledge and music for awareness. So here So the next time someone says that there is no real rap and hip hop coming out, you look them straight in the eyes, and say: “You must never heard of the rap recording artist Adam the Great.” Enjoy the tracks, the content and may you have found it worth the time taken to read, listen and experience the work of the artist 4 the people.

When A Chief Speaks  

What Music Are You Listening To In These Dayz of Tyme?


So, let me ask the question that many don’t or have not asked. Is it important to know what you’re listening to? I think so, especially when it comes to listening to different genres of music, because there is a difference. I’m pretty sure that many have not given this a thought, and if you have, I’ve yet to see anyone who has brought it to the manifest as a topic of thought to whether some of these new rappers and Hip Hop reps even know if there is a difference to what they so proudly speak on. If anyone knows and or has even given thought to it, both rap and hip hop are two separate genres are they not?.

Just below is a good example of an artist who is showing that he not only goes hard to and for Rap, but also shows his versatility on this possible Hip Hop beat or it could be a rap beat right? The beat/track was produced by  a guy name Blake for Palar Productions aka Sound Stove  played thought Sound cloud.

A well known music producer pushing music throughout Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has worked with quite a few recording artist, and is very active when it comes to music production. He has also done work for a historical place that does a lot when it comes to the music arts hosting events and making a lot of noise, and the place is called Fire, and has also done work with one of most inspiring events to in Kalamazoo, Michigan when it comes to rap battles, music and entertainment and giving artist’s a place to build, learn and grow called Music Making Action.

Its important to consider how the listener takes in what they’re listening to when it comes to a recording artist’s music and sound and even the beat in itself. People will not take music in the same, it will have a different feel for one listener and might sound like Hip Hop when to another they may hear it and feel it differently, and to them it may sound like rap and or even hardcore. So, I guess the question would be is there or could there be a difference? I personally and truly think so, as we all know there are many rappers who are caught up in the title it self and very popular cultural name HIP HOP, but I question whether one even knows or even cares enough to know if there really is a difference between the two powerful culture titles Rap and Hip Hop.

There is a difference, at least from my point of view, and how I take in another artist’s music. Though, I can’t tell another what they are actually kicking on the mic, because its their thoughts, but I can tell whether for me, it has the sound of Hip Hop or Rap that another recording artist is putting out, and for some that is only my opinion, which is somewhat true, but my point is is that, I let it be known that I pay attention, and I rarely let things slide when it comes to a subject such as this. See, I’m not only an recording rap artist but also a listener.

A student as well as a teacher in a sense. There are many who are caught up with saying that they are doing Hip Hop or that they are doing Rap, but the question is… to whether they even know the difference or even give it thought based off the mood that the sound places them in at that moment in time.

I think there are many who run around and say that they are doing Hip Hop, but does their work have the sound of Hip Hop? How about if their a Hip Hop artist, but what their kicking actually sounds like Rap? Who cares right? Well, listeners should care why? Because, I just think that knowing the difference is truly important, because its all in the sound, the creativity and the mind state of an artist and knowing what they are catering to who.

I guess that’s what makes me the universal artist that I am who is so unique and creative as well as versatile with my work, because I definitely do care, and know the difference, and that’s why I’m doing this post, because I challenge whether some of these rappers actually know and or even care to know.

See, here’s the thing, you have many rappers and hip hop artist who are inspired by their favorite mainstream artist’s, and what happens is that they like a artist’s work so much, that they listen, and then actually adopt (steal) the style of that artist, and that is true, whether you or anyone else cares to admit it is true.

And let me make self clear, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with that, inspiration is always good, because its art, and we all should be inspired and motivated by others work, I am inspired my many different artist’s work, but there is something wrong when one allows self to be so caught up in another artist’s thoughts that you actually try to act, live out and be someone or the artist’s mask identity, and that too is my opinion based off of what I see and hear nowadays in this music industry and game, but is also the cold truth.

And I think that’s where I see a lot of style stealing and cloning going on throughout the whole music game. Hey, I’m just calling it how I actually see it, and as a true listener with a good ear, I can tell.

Anyway, I just wanted to do this post and raise the discussion on whether some of these rappers/hip-hop artist, and YOU the listener and fan actually are paying attention to the work that artist’s nowadays make and put out for listeners like your self to hear and critique, and have one even given it a thought.

Maybe it took this post to bring awareness to it huh? maybe, but us as listeners, you play a big part in this too, and have to start calling it as well, because if we don’t then we allow what is actually going on right now. It’s no different from you representing something, but yet don’t even know what you’re representing?

For me, I take it very seriously because for me, my aim is to cater to my listeners on a universal level. But, I leave it up to the listener, and other artist’s to critique what they hear when it comes to my sound, and the lyrics I kick. Again, for one, I may be kicking Hip Hop flavor in ya ear like Craig Mack on a particular track, and then I may be on my Rap side on another track.

I guess when it’s all said and done, it’s really just something to think about and helps to know either way, I go hard for either side, but just so the people know, I don’t allow self to be boxed in, but if you really want to know my choice of side, I think it should already be clear, but I leave that up to the listener and those who pay attention, and are true listeners and diehard fans of the art of facts in music of my God4lo.

So, after listening to the track above let me your thoughts on this post, I welcome any who has a different way of seeing what I touched on. What genre Hip Hop? Or Rap? Both? Does the lyrics accommodate this beat? Leave a comment below and tell me what you got or if you got anything from what the artist is kicking on this beat, and whether I’m wrong or not, because I just may either be, but remember, the one who makes the claim must also provide proof to theirs, I can what about you? I welcome any challenger in thought on this topic. Peace and many blessings to all.

When A Chief Speaks