Has rap been destroyed?


N.W.A. album cover

Rap isn’t the same as it was years ago. Now everything you hear in a song is about violence and other inappropriate topics. Back when rap used to be really good, the artists didn’t repeat themselves and had some originality.

Artists from the 80-90’s rapped about what was going on in life and what was happening around them, unlike the rappers of today. Some of those artists were N.W.A, Eminem, Wu Tang Clan, Run DMC, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Andre 3000, LL Cool J, and Eric B. & Rakim.

Rap artists today can’t come anywhere near those artists, with exceptions for J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. They are the only real pieces of old school flow we have left, at least on the mainstream base. This is why we appreciate them on such a high level, because they are keeping the culture alive and doing it with skill.

Tupac Shakur album cover

The biggest “rappers” today are mumble rappers, meaning they pretty much say nonsense and repeat it throughout the whole song, usually over a bass-boosted beat. They do not live up to the title of “rapper” since they don’t have any original style like the artists from the 80s and 90s.

While I understand that rap is evolving and this is what we have, I truly believe that we can kick it back to a more old school rap game. Maybe I just need to suck it up and go through this “phase” of rap, and hope that everyone will realize soon we need to go back to our past to remember what rap should be.

Do you prefer Old school Rap or New school rap?

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