Yesterday I was scrolling down hip-hopDX’s website for news in hip-hop. All two pages were full of Kardashian’s, Drake’s, Meek Mill’s and other soulless acts that media wants us to know about so hard that you may even come across the whack article like “how Kanye’s mom helped him with the album”. They also won’t let 2Pac rest in his grave and hip-hopDX lets some ancient rapper to talk some yada yada for attention to his upcoming album. But in amidst all the dry, dumb, dull articles, on the page 20 (or something), I found Masta Ace talking about soul of hip-hop.
Masta Ace is one of the underdogs of hip-hop music. His longevity started in 88’ and still goes on to this day. He’s one of the most underrated MC’s who are on the same level as Rakim, KRS-One, Kool G Rap and other legends. But somehow he isn’t getting major recognition. But true hip-hop nerds know all about him. Hey, maybe Masta Ace doesn’t even want too much attention; he’s doing his thing and enjoying life. He can go out and be a normal human being, without getting crowded by fans, unlike the biggest names in hip-hop who claim Masta Ace as their influence.
Soul of hip-hop is something people think got left behind in 80’s or 90’s. I would agree, because after 2000 whole new generation of artist conquered the genre. But soul was still there. That vibe, that colorful warm fuzzy feeling was still a huge part of the music produced by Dre, Will I am, DJ Premier and many more. All tough we yet have to define what soul of hip-hop really is.
Is it knowledge that rapper brings through his music? Or is it the street life we should know? Or maybe one has to be the part of a hip-hop community and take part in their everyday life to understand it? Some would say it’s the hardships of living in ghetto and being around stick up kids on the block – pure Gangsta rap that dominated the 90’s.
So is hip-hop’s soul in 90’s gangsta roots or 80’s rock sampled beat with highly lyrical flow and delivery?
Masta Ace says soul never left us; it’s just that the radio and television don’t bother to broadcast it. He feels that today’s music is lacking some element that played a major part in 1980’s hip-hop. All tough he never explained, what that element really is.