Does Hip-Hop Persuade Our Culture To Live A Lie? [Opinion]

During recent interview with “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” on The New Hot 107.9, rapper 2 Chainz admitted to creating music that can get him play in the club and hits on the radio. Along with the content that he is choosing to create–solely to become “the next big thing,” he expressed his love for Backpack Rapping.

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2 Chainz stated during the interview:

“I am a real fan of lyrics, of music with substance and concepts. People that actually take time and thought. And a lot of that I used to get from the East Coast artist-where it so called started from. Coming up I was a fan of the East Coast stuff (conscious backpack rappers.) I love working with New York cats because it lets me do my Backpack Rapper thing. I enjoy spreading my wings, but I like my recipe. I like to stay in the club and getting on the radio, that’s how you know your winning.”

So here are some crucial questions for the Hip-Hop community:

1. Are Hip-Hop artist like 2 Chainz demanded to live a lie and compromise there true passion for “backpack rapping” in order to make it big in the music industry?

Do you feel like he made the right choice?

2. Do rappers consider their responsibility as role models before releasing music?


During rapper J Cole’s interview with NPR Music, he revealed the true meaning behind his Hip-Hop. During the interview he made it clear that rhyme patterns are nothing without meanings to the words. J Cole does not feel the need to make himself known by attracting a world that is ultimately drowned by meaningless music. Instead he used his wisdom and raw life knowledge to create his Hip-Hop. J Cole stated:

“A lot of rappers can do those flows, but the raps aren’t really about anything — which is cool sometimes, but to have the flow and the message is one of my favorite things.”

J Cole is considered to be one of the very few rappers that has not allowed the idea of being “the next big thing” to alter his true purpose in the Hip-Hop world. J Cole thoroughly explains his Hip-Hop during NPR Music interview:

“There’s a 12-year-old right now whose favorite rapper is J. Cole, and because I’m representing the true essence of what this thing should be about, this hip-hop thing, [if] he decides tomorrow he wants to write rhymes, he’s going to emulate me,” Cole says. “Which means the future of Hip-Hop is kind of secure, if we continue in this pattern.”


So We Raise The Question:

Are rappers like J Cole such as Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco and Kendrick Lamar, the Saviors of Hip-Hop?

Written by: Maya Carr @Isa_Crates

Co-writer: Seneca Smith @MzAmoni

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