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Hip Hop: The Greatest Genre Of All Time?
Hip Hop is a huge part of my life and im sure like many of you my love for the genre goes far deeper than just finding it sonically appealing. Hip Hop has taught me so much about the world we will live in, offering a plethora of different perceptions and interpretations of this thing we call humanity. I just wanted to take a moment to explain why I think there is a strong case for crowning Hip Hop as the greatest musical genre in existence and would be grateful if you shared your thoughts.
I see Hip Hop production as essentially an amalgamation of every other musical genre. Every genre has been sampled extensively throughout the history of hip hop; the blues, rock, jazz, gospel, reggae and many others have all been adapted, modified and appropriated into a distinct sound that Hip Hop can genuinely claim as its own. I see producers like Madlib, Rick Ruben and Jay Dilla (and more recently Clams Casino) and I see people who have taken the very best of every music genre and morphed it into a sound that they can claim as their own.
The dichotomy that exists within Hip Hop almost perfectly mirror’s the dichotomy that exists within human society. On one end of the spectrum we have the materialistic money driven capitalists, and on the other end we have the socially aware, spiritual, altruistic and even outright communist (I was gunna link the coup “5 million ways to kill a ceo” but I think video linking system is fucked) ideologies. Similarly, one end of the spectrum we can see depictions of extreme violence and cold-blooded murder, but on the other end we have people reminding us of the power of love, compassion and kindess towards your fellow man.
One of raps biggest criticisms from people outside the culture is that it’s all about violence, money, drugs and fuckin bitches. My retort would be; have you been outside recently? Have you looked at what kind of society we live in? Violence is, has, and probably always will be a major part of human society. A good many people in the world today concentrate their lives on gaining riches and acquiring material wealth. Many people do drugs and drink alcohol to escape the monotony of the daily grind. And 99% of males I know spend a lot of effort trying to fuck bitches. Hip Hop hasn’t caused these issues, it just reflects them and interprets them in its own way.
The voice of the people:
Historically, Hip Hop has been seen as the voice of the poor and down-trodden. This is still true today, but I would argue that contemporary Hip Hop is far more open than it used to be. I would even go so far as to say that its pretty much open to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a corny white college kid (asher roth), a middle class asshole (Kanye) or even a half jewish canadian. If people feel what you’re saying then you can have your opportunity to shine and get your message out there. For the most part, it doesn’t matter where you come from, if people like your message they will respond to it.No matter what your outlook on life, you’re likely to find a rapper somewhere that you can relate to and that you can feel represents your views and opinions. And if you cant find that rapper then there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from becoming that rapper yourself.
Also, the fact that writing doesn’t require you to buy or own an instrument means that its far more accessible to people who have nothing than genre’s like rock (im thinking more 3rd world countries than American Ghettos, but the point stands either way).
Almost every country in the world has its own stars of the genre. From Palestine to France, Britain to Nigeria, almost every country has a home-grown movement rooted in Hip Hop. I honestly cant think of a genre (or culture) that has united so many different people from so many different nations. To quote common:
“I start thinking, how many souls hip-hop has affected
How many dead folks this art resurrected
How many nations this culture connected”
Okay, end of the essay. I just wanted to express my love for hip hop and share why I truly believe it’s the greatest genre in existence. Thats not to say that it’s the BEST genre (music is so subjective that no one genre can be classed “better” than the other), but everything it represents is so integral to the world we live in that I believe it deserves a very special place in human history.
I gave you a thumb up anyway
I’m sure everyone feels the same about their favorite genre as we feel about hip hop.
@Dead_Language… Do you possess a serious knowledge about any other musical genres?
^ I agree, but the for me one of the things that sets hip hop apart from the rest is that raw expression. Other genre’s tend to be more ‘poetic’ in that most lines are metaphors/symbolic and doesn’t really represent the way most people communicate with each other. Hip Hop of course has its metaphor’s and its symbolism but i would argue its much more raw and straight forward in the way it presents itself and more representative of the way human language is used and expressed
There is no “greatest” out of all of the genres of music. Everyone has a favorite, though. So, other than calling it the greatest genre of music, I agree whole-heartedly with this.
Ehh, wait a minute you weren’t necessarily calling it the flat out greatest, my bad.
@BlackPhan I see what you’re saying, by “greatest” i really only mean that it represents the entirety of human nature and society more than any other genre, not that it’s superior or that we’re better than anyone else because we listen to it.
If were talking about hip hop is the greatest genre as a poll it would not do to good among a big demographic range. Hip hop continues to get a lot of hate, maybe even more now. A lot of people I know despise the genre and simply just out of ignorance, its rather saddening.
Then again, sometimes it’s hard to blame fans of Rock for hating Hip-Hop, considering the fact whenever they try to see what’s on the radio or they hear/see some fucking idiot like Chief Keef screaming pure nonsense.
I love Hip-Hop but calling it the greatest genre of all time is a serious stretch…
“Historically, Hip Hop has been seen as the voice of the poor and down-trodden.”… Sorry dude but jazz and blues has historically been the voice of the lower class. Billie Holiday and Etta Jones were singing about the same struggle in the 1930’s.
You’re arguments also fail to actually touch on the musical and technical aspects of Hip-Hop. You mention that every sample was taken from another style of music, which doesn’t really seem to add to the fact that it should be called the greatest genre when most of the actual musicianship comes from outside of it.
Just like it was kinda hard for me to get into Rock, because at first I thought it was nothing but yelling about dark sh*t….then I discovered Hendrix and Rage Against the Machine and that got me into different genres.
I love your first point.
And lemson… you are the GOAT gif-er.
“Then again, sometimes it’s hard to blame fans of Rock for hating Hip-Hop, considering the fact whenever they try to see what’s on the radio or they hear/see some fucking idiot like Chief Keef screaming pure nonsense”
Stupid statement tbh. I don’t base Rock music from the Radio…