Hip Hop The New Disco

Has Hip Hop gone the way of disco; the urban renaissance of funk fused with fad? What started out as rap music became the Hip Hop era. The influence of Hip Hop spread beyond the music to influence mainstream art, fashion, language and cultures around the world. Nas’ proclaimed that Hip Hop was dead, is an analytical and unwittingly prophetic statement. It is not hard to proclaim that a trend will end or change directs is to be expected; all the previous music influenced crazes all diminished with time: jazz, rock, soul, funk, disco, heavy metal, etc.

The Impact of Consumerism

Popular culture is linked to the growth of consumerism, the repeated acquisition of an increasing variety of goods and services. The American lifestyle is often associated with clothing, houses, electronic gadgets, and other products, as well as with leisure time. As advertising stimulates the desire for updated or improved products, people increasingly equate their well-being with owning certain things and acquiring the latest model. Television and other mass media broadcast a portrayal of a privileged American lifestyle that many Americans hope to imitate. Source: Microsoft Encarta 2006

Who's Buyin What in the Record Store?

Rap and R&B Album sales declined in 2006 compared to 2005.

2006 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT

(01/02/06-12/31/06)

Genre

2006

2005

% Chg.

Alternative

109,672

120,797

-9.2%

Christian/Gospel

39,715

39,211

1.3%

Classical

19,447

15,875

22.5%

Country

74,886

75,327

-0.5%

Jazz

15,720

17,139

-8.3%

Latin

37,774

35,907

5.2%

Metal

61,557

64,473

-4.5%

New Age

3,412

4,412

-22.7%

R&B

117,005

143,392

-18.4%

Rap

59,534

75,062

-20.7%

Rock(a)

170,726

NA

Soundtrack

27,177

22,849

18.9%

(Note: Titles may appear in more than one genre.)

(a) Rock was a new genre in 2006.

Source: Nielsen SoundScan

Hip Hop may be the genesis of the next fad. Record sales were down almost 20%, when comparing 2006 record sales to 2005 sales. What should Hip Hop do to prolong its run in popular culture? Karma Sutra, the track below from St. Nic – Dead Broke Records (Tallahassee, Fla.) projects this groups desire to get in the music business and score big.

Dead Broke Records
Dead Broke Records

This is the Karma Sutra to suit yeah

One for the money, yes ah,

Ah, yo it’s two turn tables and a microphone

Bout to run rap shit like its’ “Via” “com”

Let me clear my throat make sure the mic is on

Bout to shine so bright like the lights is on

Here’s my shoes baby, try it on

Tryin to walk down the path where I been goin

Goin, goin, gone, right over the fence

I am a homerun hitter, you still stittin the bench

Bitch

Called you right out of your name

I’m a major league player

We ain’t ballin the same

One for the money, two for your show

One mo gin

St. Nic and Kiloton bout to blow!!!

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14 thoughts on “Hip Hop The New Disco

  1. From all the talk that hip hop is dead or the other genres are dead, all I can do is sit back and laugh. Are there not real hip hop artist still alive and currently making music that connects with the people and incorporating the DJ, culture, dancing, fashion, and MC. How can you say jazz is dead when you still have jazz music getting made today and the same can be said about disco, soul, funk, and heavy metal? If there is anything to attribute to the decline in the sales of hip hop is the quality. The topic of technology and being able to access hip hop music for free instead of buying it is a very good stance to take in an argument but it can’t really explain the intangible. In the past, as a fan you couldn’t wait for an artist to drop there new project so that you could own it. I will admit, I had friends who had the exact same albums I had had and even put the cotton in the tape and made a copy from theirs but it was nothing compared to buying the project. Seeing the artwork of the tape and later on the cd insert and being able to read the comments being made. Going through puberty and buying Lil Kim’s debut album and seeing her picture after removing the cd from the case is a one of a kind feeling. Now, you feel like why spend $10-$17 on a cd that will only have 3 songs you will like on it. To make it worse the songs you like are played daily on the radio. Sad to say but most artist forget that at one point they were fans as well and the same ay they used to want to listen to an album from start to finish is an experience they are robbing the fans they now have obtained of. Nobody wants to feel like they have been hustled.

  2. What Rap Is

    Rap is that distinct horrible music that you constantly hear at your highschool, or on the street if you live in a city, or on the radio, or on TV. It can be identifyed by the “drum” beat that continually loops over and over. Often, listeners of rap identify the quality of a rap “song” by how “phat” its beat is, or something like that.
    Another major characteristic of rap, is the stupid ass fucking shitty lyrics that a bunch of “bad ass muthas” try to sing over the equally stupid ass fucking shitty drum machine and synthesizers. These lyrics are basically always about how they just busted a phat cap in their homeez azzes. Or about how “life is hard in the ghetto”. Nobody fucking gives a shit how life is in the ghetto, last time I was in the ghetto my wallet got stolen, so shut the fuck up.

    Other Shit I Hate About Rap

    Theres lots of other stuff about rap I hate. For one thing, its the horrible glamorization of it and its “artists”. For example, I’d like any rap fan out there to tell me who wrote the music to any rap song (and none of those fucking cheap puffy songs count, cause he always just uses other peoples music, thus ruining the original song because his new “lyrics” fucking suck). I mean who wrote the MUSIC, not the lyrics, which are written by the stupid ass rappers. I’ll tell you who wrote the music, a bunch of people you’ve never heard of in your life, and never will, who know how to operate drum machines and computers. Basically, the rap “artist” asks them to make a real “phat” beat, they do so until its “phat” enough, then the rapper dubs in the lyrics over it. Ever notice that at rap “concerts” theres about 30 people in the background, aside from the fucking stupid rapper and the 90 backup dancers, that you’ve never seen in your life? Those would be the people I’m talking about. But of course, the rap “artist” always gets 100% credit for their new “song”. However, I can tell you exactly who wrote both the lyrics and music to say, the Metallica song “The Call of Ktulu”. The 4 (original) members of Metallica did, and they played the fucking song themselves, with actual instruments (REAL drums, for example). I would like to see any rap “artist” pick up any real instrument and do anything impressive with it. Oh but wait, I made a mistake, “The Call of Ktulu” doesn’t have lyrics, because its whats called an instrumental song. Of course in the rap world, nobody knows what the hell that means. Theres no instrumental rap songs, cause they would be fucking boring as hell. And theres not a single rapper or rap fan who can appreciate the talent it took to record a song like The Call of Ktulu.
    Another thing I hate, is the fucking stupid rap fans themselves. These are the people who always argue that rap is superior to metal and rock (or basically any other style of music) because all that kind of music is just noise. Or, for example, this person I know who wheres a sock on his head once said that Metallica is just about Satan, and its just grunting or something. Well for one thing, Metallica has never made one song glorifying Satan at all. That job is reserved for shitty goth bands like Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel, and the fucking stupid ignorant rap fans get these bands confused with bands such as Metallica. They also often assume that all people who like Metallica, also like Korn, as if thats a rule. Metallica is one of my favorite, if not my favorite band, and I personally HATE Korn. Korn is just MTV’s version of metal. All the stupid ass people at school who like Korn are those fucking dicks who think they are cool or something cause apparently liking Korn makes them different and strange, and therefore cool. Well, its a shame they are EXACTLY LIKE ALL THE OTHER KORN FANS, and so they aren’t different at all. Of course, as much as I hate Korn and all those other shitty grunge bands that people get confused with Metallica, they all have about 300% more talent than any rapper.

    Why MTV Also Sucks Ass

    Well, theres a few reasons why MTV also sucks ass. For one thing, they have shows that have absoutly nothing to do with music, despite the fact MTV stands for Music Television. Shows like Road Rules and Real World. Seriously, is there any fucking difference between these two shows? Frankly, I dont give a fuck about a bunch of 20 year olds in a winabago, I dont give a fuck about Cindy’s lesbianism, or how Carol is gonna react when she finds out Bob is gay. These shows are obviously fucking horrible and shouldn’t be on MTV, but they show MARATHONS of them, I can’t even count how many times I’m watching the Prevue channel and I see MTV come up, and it says ‘Road Rules Marathon’. God, I don’t fucking care! As if these two shows aren’t bad enough, you then have all the other pointless annoying non-music related shows, like Daria, Loveline, and global dance party or whatever the fuck its called. What the hell is with that show, its always on at like 2 in the morning, I dunno about you, but if its 2 in the morning, and I’m in a situation where I’m watching TV, I dont want to fucking dance. And now we come to the music related shows that they DO have. About 99% of them are rap\pop shows. Like Jams countdown. Ooh yeah, gotta love those Jams, the same fucking ones over and over every god damn day, not that I would like them any more if they were new “jams” every day. And then theres TRL, thats real cool, I love it how the same fucking videos are shown every day because people just keep voting for the same ones. There isn’t one rock related show on MTV anymore at all, there USED to be Mattrock, and that was pretty good sometimes (even though Matt Pinfeild has a raspy voice, “How**Abo**ut**Batt*ery!*”) but it was on at 11pm and a lot of the time they cancelled it in favor of extra episodes of RoadRules or some shit. But of course now, Mattrock is totally gone. What MTV needs to do is: Get rid of ALL of the non-music related shows. And have at least 2 shows centered around music OTHER than rap\pop, like bring back Mattrock…

    Dead Rappers

    The Notorious F.A.T and Deadpac. You know who I’m talking about. Their fucking music is what killed them. If they weren’t rappers they would still be alive, not that I would give a shit. The whole west side\east side thing, that whole fucking deal started cause of rap. Its fucking stupid, who gives a shit about the “east side” or “west side”. God knows I dont. I dont think in the history of metal and rock any artist has ever been murdered. Except for John Lennon I suppose, but that had nothing to do with his music, the murderer was just insane. And then theres the people who claim Deadpac is still alive. Oh my fucking god, he is NOT still alive, would you still be alive if you got SHOT IN THE HEAD, no! Here is why I believe he is dead: murder —> autopsy –> funeral.

    Real Music

    Real music is defined as: not fucking rap! Basically, I consider any music that isn’t rap\pop\techno to be real music. Any music played with instruments is real music. I’m not saying I like ALL real music, but I’m saying it’s a hell of a lot better than any rap. I like metal and “classic” rock. Like Metallica, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix and Lynyrd Skynyrd. These are actual bands, these bands wrote their own music, played their own music, and it took a hell of a lot of talent to do it. And if your a rap fan, please don’t try to argue that rap is better just cause of the ‘rapping’. Who the hell cares if there isn’t some gangster spitting out lyrics wicked fast, theres a lot more to good music than that. Oh and also, this isn’t a racial thing at all, cause theres white rappers and I hate them just as much, and theres also black rock artists such as Jimi Hendrix, and I like him. Metallica of course, is still around, and has been since 1983, and they still kick ass. Black Sabbath has been around for almost 30 years, can you name one fucking rapper that lasts that long? Can you name one fucking rapper who has more than 2 or 3 successfull songs? I doubt it. Take Ricky Martin for example, he’s not rap, but he’s fucking glammy pop shit, do you think your still even gonna know who he is a year from now? Probably not…

  3. Очень интересное место, мне тут понравилось, правда…
    Столько всего класного и интересного, я тут останусь на долго.

  4. There was this guy see.
    He wasn’t very bright and he reached his adult life without ever having learned “the facts”.
    Somehow, it gets to be his wedding day.
    While he is walking down the isle, his father tugs his sleeve and says,

    “Son, when you get to the hotel room…Call me”

    Hours later he gets to the hotel room with his beautiful blushing bride and he calls his father,

    “Dad, we are the hotel, what do I do?”

    “O.K. Son, listen up, take off your clothes and get in the bed, then she should take off her clothes and get in the bed, if not help her. Then either way, ah, call me”

    A few moments later…

    “Dad we took off our clothes and we are in the bed, what do I do?”

    O.K. Son, listen up. Move real close to her and she should move real close to you, and then… Ah, call me.”

    A few moments later…

    “DAD! WE TOOK OFF OUR CLOTHES, GOT IN THE BED AND MOVED REAL CLOSE, WHAT DO I DO???”

    “O.K. Son, Listen up, this is the most important part. Stick the long part of your body into the place where she goes to the bathroom.”

    A few moments later…

    “Dad, I’ve got my foot in the toilet, what do I do?”

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