Okay I know on this blog..I basically talk about movies and Tv shows,but today I want to talk about music. And since no one else in this part of the world seems to want to talk about it,maybe I will.
This week turned out to be pretty eventful in the American hip-hop scene. On a verse of Big Sean’s Control with Jay Electronica, Kendrick “K-dot” Lamar called out several of his fellow rappers.
I’m usually homeboys with the same n***as I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them n***as should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n***as
Harsh lyrics right? A rapper has got to have a lot of guts to call out most of the leaders of the new school this way. People have labelled Kendrick’s stunt a lot if things: a diss; a publicity stunt; a wake up call, all sorts of things. But the label I agree with is the wake up call.
Hip hop does need a wake up call. Don’t get me wrong,the game has improved a lot since Nas pronounced hip-hop dead, but a lot still needs to be done. The truth is that every generation has to be better than the one its leaving behind.
In the days of the originators, Mcees like Chuck D, Run DMC, KRS, Rakim were ripping vinyls hot like that. When the new era revealed young bloods like N.W.A, Black Sheep,LL and the Ghetto Boyz, it got better. Then came the era Biggie,Tupac,Nas,Jay-Z and Wu Tang Clan, and the game kept getting better and better. But the fact that I still look back to the older era with anything but nostalgia means the new school haven’t given us something that is dope enough to let the past remain in the past. So maybe Kendrick feels he’s dope but not dope enough to be one of the best (if not the best) lyricists today. He desperately needs some competition.
But how does all this affect hip-hop in Nigeria? Don’t get it twisted, “hip-hop’s the same, no matter where you came from.” So I’m not going to indulge all that nonsense about “Agro hip-hop” hip-hop is hip-hop! Now that its settled,who’s going to call out all our Nigerian hip-hop artistes who give us dope lyrics on their first record and fall asleep from the second? Our rappers who sell the purity of the game for commercialism. Our rappers who sacrifice creativity for crappy music.
The game in Nigeria is mad redundant; rappers like M.I,Naeto C and them aren’t what they used to be. There’s no competition. The “Big Dogs” are only big now in their pockets but those cats will get torn apart on the streets by some of the upcoming acts I hear these days. It’s a crazy thing when people like Ice Prince keep winning hip-hop awards. I’m not trying to be a hater people,I’m happy for his success and all, but is he really the best Nigeria has to offer? Will mediocre Mcees become our posterboys after we’ve come this far? Who will be as brave as Kendrick and call out M.I,Jesse Jagz, Naeto C, Ikechukwu,Modenine,Terry Tha Rapman etc.? Who’s going to ring the wake-up call so that cats like Vector won’t be called the “Best Rapper in Nigeria” or Davido won’t be called a hip-hop artiste? Hasn’t hip-hop in Nigeria suffered enough, where we can’t here intelligent lyrics in the mainstream anymore? You tell me.
Replies have started pouring in from rappers like Joell Ortiz,Mickey Factz and Astro to Kendrick Lamar, but after all said and done, everyone from Drake to Lupe Fiasco is going to ask themselves, “Does K-dot have a point?” Or “Are we really as good as we say we are?” No one really knows where this will end, all I know is in the Nigerian hip-hop scene and the industry as a whole, we need to wake up from our irritating slumber and improve on our lyrical content and allow the creativity flow in our music and stop demanding “whinning of waists” and “shaking of arses”,deceiving ourselves that Nigerians only love the beats and don’t care about the lyrics. Wake up guys! Just imagine a portion of Kendrick’s verse went like this.
I’m usually homeboys with the same n***as
I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip hop and them n***as should
know what time it is
And that goes for M.I Eldee,
Sauce Kid, Vector, Skales, Jesse jaggz
Ikechukwu, Modenine, Terry tha rapman, Naeto C
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you
Well that’s all I’ve got to say on the matter. Wake up!