Xzibit is a rapper we haven’t heard off for a while now. Except the internet meme’s that’s being going on the web for ages. He was never a greatest rapper, nor actor or a host for a show. But I still wanted to talk about one of his songs, that’s such a high level MCing. Continue reading Xzibit – LAX
When Big and 2Pac passed away, everyone thought gangsta rap was over. The real dudes, who lived the ghetto life and rapped were gone. And in the early 2000’s lots of rap acts were getting recognition, and they didn’t really represented hood, ghetto, gangs or anything. Those were: Outkast, Black eyed peas, Eminem, Nelly, Eve and so on. Basically, it seemed like gangsta rap was over. Even though Xzibit was hardcore, he wasn’t that much of a gangsta.
Approached by this question, Ice-T answered: “what the hell you talking about? Every time you rap about drugs, bitches, dealing with cops off hand – you a gangsta”. We do have to agree with him, he was one of the first who brought street smarts into the game and started talking about urban/crime life in his raps, after all, he’s The Original Gangsta. Many rappers do talk about drugs and women, but I can’t really say that’s the Gangsta rap we want to hear. 2Pac and BIG put the bar so high for this sub-genre, you can’t just give it to every other guy who rhymes titties with titties. Continue reading Last of gangsta rap
There has been a huge debate in hip-hop last few years of who deserves to wear “King of Hip-hop” crown. Media and masses were divided in many ways. But internet presented most notable artists: Kanye West, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar. Well, talking about diversity, these three are million miles away from each other with their art, craft and meaning they give to their music. Speaking about metaphorical kings in hip-hop, 2pac and Biggie were not forgotten and their name and legacy lies deep within the roots of hip-hop and rap music.
I would say, the conversation began when Kendrick said he was a king of New York (negative feedback that he got, is still a feedback interscope could use for marketing). If you see his interviews, you’ll notice that he’s a real humble dude and if not the smartest person alive, he knows his shit, Kendrick ain’t no toy. But as I said, by doing so, he made himself more famous. Maybe Dre (the king of controversy) even pushed him, because Kendrick isn’t getting the same spotlight, that Dre’s artists are so familiar with. One way or another, Kendrick definitely knew what would happen – his reputation in underground got a little bit shaky, but mainstream world saw what they love to see – conflict in hip-hop and rappers going at each other (meek mill vs Drake turned into a huge marketing company for every major corporation (like Mcdonald and etc.) by referring rap beef in their own marketing). All this being said, Kendrick’s move was weak and he’s still a young man who has a future ahead. He’s just a good kid, in mad city… Continue reading King of Hip-hop