On time and inappropriate
Hip Hop went from selling crack to smoking it
Medicine for loneliness

from Yasiin Bey – Hip Hop Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“[O]n time and inappropriate” suggests music that is on beat with bad content.

“Hip-hop went from selling crack to smoking it” is a difficult line to interpret, but probably charts the rising importance of drug narratives, from narratives that described the drug dealing lifestyle without endorsing it (Schooly D, BDP), to first-person narratives that blurred the line between real life and the rhyme (B.I.G., Raekwon), to rappers like Jay-Z and the Clipse who explicitly claimed to be involved in the drug trade in their “real” lives. Hip-hop had been selling a fantasy “gangsta” lifestyle for years, but Mos is suggesting that by the mid-1990s it was starting to believe its own hype, trying to live its own imagined fantasy. Thus the spate of rappers getting arrested for violence/drug possession, or being tragically gunned down.

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