Has rap changed or have I changed?
This is the question that I have been asking myself lately as I try to come to terms with the fact that I absolutely hate every hip-hop album that has dropped so far this year.
Is it just an off year? Have the planets aligned themselves in such a way that every artist I care about is on a 2011 sabbatical, in which case I should also be on a 2011 sabbatical from hip hop?
I suppose a more fair question would be: Do I care about hip hop still?
Well, the answer is yes, or else I wouldnt be so pissed off about the lack of quality jams being thrown my way. I'll admit that I was just as hyped up about Watch The Throne as the next guy before it came out. Jay-Z and Kanye on the same album, mixing it up? Can't miss it. And then I download it and the two of them basically shot jizz in my eyes and said your welcome at the same time. What an indulgent piece of shit. If I wanted to hear someone rap about how rich they are for 60 minutes, I'll go put Deion Sanders "Must Be The Money" on repeat and cry for an hour.
Would it be too much to ask for a beat that makes me nod my head?
Would it be too much to ask for a verse that makes me ponder the mysteries of life?
Would it be too much too ask for a producer to shut the fuck up while recording a song?
All of these wonderful things are happening.
15 years ago.
What what Tribe have done?
Probably stay broken up.