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Is hip hop dead?

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A lot of people say that Hip Hop is dead. I don't feel that way. I feel that its different. When I look at the growth, and changes, that hip hop has gone through, I see success.

I always thought that hip hop was about unity, being free, expressing your mind through music, sharing your culture, and most importantly, having fun. Well, that's what it was originally about. Now? The same thing.

I can understand that its difficult to grasp, but think about it. There are Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian rappers who've reached mainstream success. That's one form of music uniting many people of multiple different backgrounds. The fact that each artist's upbringing is different is noted in each individual's different stylistic inclinations musically, and causing many to gravitate towards artists that are more similar culturally to them, because they understand that message and language more readily.

Basically, hip hop got so popular that it's arguably the most popular form of music out. Its branched off, however, and built subgenres, or twisted off elsewhere, but hip hop is very alive. People are still expressing their mind, the people are just multicolored and multilingual now.

If people argue that, hip hop has no message anymore, well, that is a false statement. There are tons of rappers who are dope and spit real, but there are more who just enjoy the music and want to have fun, tell their wishes, and vent their frustrations.

Sure, people talk about what the radio plays....but just dont listen to the radio. I don't. Its easy. Give a new artist a try every now and then. Download a new mixtape. Listen to the tracks that AREN'T singles. Singles typically have no depth, they're there to get you interested in the remainder of the catalog. If you look hard enough, you can find at least one solid song with a real message by most artists. It's just looking for it.

I think its all a misconception. In the past, when there was not as much hiphop, it was easy to gravitate to the dope artists. But, technology has made it so its easier for anyone to get out there now. You can make a beat, record, mix, master, and upload a video to the internet from home these days. So of course it's watered down.

Hip hop isnt dead, at all. Just go listen to some new niggas (Or bitches. I'm equal opportunity.)

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