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Life on planet hiphop

October 12, 2009

The BBC news website has this article to celebrate 30 years of hiphop: Life on planet hiphop

It’s an interesting, if necessarily brief, article and I’m glad to see that it looks beyond the tedious, cliched, gansta bling nonsense that has come to typify the mainstream expression of the genre, pimping a lifestyle utterly unattainable to its young, easily-manipulated, audience. Namechecking non-American artists such as Emmanual Jal and DAM puts this article in respectable territory; these artists make music that has something of substance to say.

In a way. hiphop is something like rock. If someone mentions an artist and you say: ‘What kind of music do they make?‘, you are none the wiser if the answer is ‘rock‘. It could be like Metallica or Coldplay, The Fray or Pink Floyd. All rock but no connection between them musically.

Hiphop has a similar spread of sub-genres but the good ones, the ones with actual content, challenging and creative, don’t get much of a look in with the big record labels. It’s easier to market bitches and bling to impressionable morons, I guess. Still, the good stuff is out there and it’ll still be rocking the streets when the big four record labels have long gone out of business. Fight the power!


4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2009 12:18 pm

    There’s a follow-up article: Has hip-hop grown up?

  2. October 14, 2009 12:17 pm

    ..and another follow up article:

    Hip-hop comes of age

    This one looks at the changes hiphop has made to broader British culture.

  3. October 23, 2009 3:53 am

    Hello from Russia!
    Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

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