Track: produced by Mr Kuyateh
Im back in Brooklyn with new energy after having a relaxing week with the family enjoying nature to it’s fullest. I worked on this my last night away and added vocals last night.
The adding vocals is always a random thing, as I want to hear others on it but that’s a challenge in itself.
In the meantime, i’m filling the void and particular type of sound that’s flavorful to my ear. Hopefully my added vocals will allow others to hear that there is structure and definition to the sound.
The only trick is being dexterous enough to catch the rhythm of the offbeat jazzy riffs. I get it, but others i’ve learned takes time understanding that type of thing. All good though, i’m enjoying exploring this release as it’s breaking me out of a shell. So not my intentions to rhyme professionally, i’ll write/produce though.
Earlier this week… (updating shortly)
I caught this post from Pete Rock earlier this week, I had mix feelings that evolved those few allotted minutes. Check the clip of Lil Yachty on Hot97 Ebro in the Morning. He is XXL Class of 2016 and is labeled as one of the hottest rapper’s in the scene… (don’t laugh, it’s rather sad but the construct is what it is)
Now if you love anything about 90’s Hip Hop or the Hip Hop culture in general, your probably already listening and watching like “WTF is going on here?” baffled at today’s standard of the best.
Aged heads and culture purveyor’s measured and still uphold to the best Emcee’s being based on ability to flow, how dexterous they were verbally, street credibility, their production and so on.
One could argue that hits/sales were just as important, yes. But to those who wanted to freshest and best, we all knew the radio was a few steps behind what the hood was pushing and that was off of lyrical notoriety.
Today’s standards are the polar opposite. What would be corny by 90’s standards and true hip hop heads is the popular sound. WTF?
Here are the top 5 things that people based a corny rapper on:
- Ability to freestyle
- Confidence/swag on the mic/Crowd control
- Delivery/Punch lines/Metaphors
- Subject matter
- Flow with the rhythm/production choice
Now to be fair to the culture, these are some pretty damn logical qualities that one would want to have as a professional artist. But along with aged standards, come the responsibility to put in the work for it….
Many young musicians aren’t trying to hear that. They like “fuxk it! I’ll just put a track on ShxtCloud and bypass the real emcees that wouldn’t fuxk with me on their waste day. Get mad love from people that just enjoy the music but not really about that life and be good without a label deal.”
That shxt actually worked.
The new culture of artist have developed a social media ecosystem that support every whimsical and serious endeavor. Enough for labels, media and corporate sponsors to take em seriously.
So even if the all the hip hop heads never purchased one album or track, they’ll continue to eat since that fan base is not their main demographic support system.
Where does that leave lyrically gifted emcee’s and boom bap producers?
Exactly where they need to be, so they can rise up and take hip hop back. Hip Hop needs a lyrical shake up to cause that shift. I may be over zealous and sure it may be wishful thinking under this current construct.
Who knows, in the next few years, NYC could produce a lyrically dominant force that kicks the games bars up.
Until then, glad the OG’s and new 90’s culture heads are doing it.
Keep fighting the good fight, the war wounds only add character… salute – Mr Kuyateh