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The Application of Common's "I Used to Love HER"
Most hip hop fans know all about one of Common’s more infamous tracks, released back in ‘94, “I Used to Love H.E.R.” For those that aren’t aware, in short, the song was a commentary of sorts at the ever changing world of hip hop. The song refers to the fall of conscience hip hop and the rise of the new, exploding gangsta rap style. It was never meant to be an attack at anyone in particular, but it was however something that did not go over well with a lot of up and coming hip hop artists. Common wasn’t all too thrilled with the direction and the content that he was hearing at the time.
Like I said, most hip hop fans know of the song and the meaning behind it. What I intend to discuss in this thread is this:
1994 or 2012? Which era of hip hop would Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.” be best applied to?
I think it’s pretty easy to say that half (all) of what we hear now on the radio wouldn’t even be around if it weren’t for the West Coast/G Funk that Common wasn’t fond of. But then again, they wouldn’t have been around if it hadn’t been for Common’s beloved Afrocentric rap. So it kind of goes both ways, so I’d say that argument is null.
A few people might recall my “Let’s End the Swag Era” thread and know that I genuinely dislike the status of current mainstream hip hop. With everything that I said in there, I would say that Common’s message would have a better effect on where we are at now.
Interesting? Thoughts? Anything?
Is it true that Common is a Satanist and H.E.R. stands for “Hell’s Eternal Rule”?
“Hearing Every Rhyme”
Very hard question to answer tbqh. I feel that it could be applied to both eras, but the entire theme of I Used To Love H.E.R. would be best applied to 2012, since the changes in Hip-Hop in this era are a lot more drastic than the emergence of gangsta rap. Hip-Hop still stayed Hip-Hop back then, the subject matter was the main change in the music. Now, Hip-Hop is becoming a lot more “poppy” and lacks creativity. More people are using dance-type beats now. It just doesn’t sound like Hip-Hop to me or a lot of other people.
Songs with the same basic message as I Used To Love H.E.R. are being made in 2012 and in recent years just behind a different title and they are having some effect
I think it would be more appropriate in 2012 because ironically people call the 90’s the Golden Age, even though this song was made in 94
I think the song worked for that era because that era didn’t have the “hater” stigma that’s prevalent in today’s rap scene. If an artist does a similar kind of song criticizing the state of the rap industry now, it’ll either be forgotten or be viewed unfavorably because it’ll be considered “hating.”
I’ve always thought Common should do some sort of an update of that track.
hmm, good question. gangsta rap isn’t around as much as before obviously so that part would apply more to ‘94. but current hip hop is more commercial than ever so that part of the song applies better to the current era. and like you mentioned, current hip hop is more influenced by the west/south than east.
so, lyrically it’d apply more to ‘94. sonically/commercially more to 2012.
It could be fit in to either one. If that song came out in 2012 who knows how big it could get.
“Is it true that Common is a Satanist and H.E.R. stands for “Hell’s Eternal Rule”?"
Let’s see, how do I explain this…