By Jorge Bautista, a good reflection on the state of Hip Hop and its up and coming generation.

It is hard to ignore eighteen-year old hip-hop rapper Soulja Boy. Not because he has  talent, but, because he is the epitome of gibberish, claptrap, malarkey Hip Hop. I not only say this because his song “Crank That”, which last year was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven non-consecutive weeks starting in 2001, is driven by sexual lyrics, such as, “Superman that HO” an image of getting behind a woman’s back and laying a sheet over her to make her look like she has a cape on, and “Supersoak that Ho” which I will not bother explaining what this image brings to the minds of young people. Overall his music is boring. There is no lyrical flow, but is only all beat and dancing. Soulja Boy just happened to have the right package, a package that includes a music video with minimal lyrics, beat and dance, and this has all the kids buying his records.

Soulja Boy’s music is being heard all over the world, but what caught my attention to this young rapper, and like I mentioned in my first sentence, the reason why it is hard to ignore Soulja Boy is because last month he was interviewed by Toure, co-host of BET’s Black Carpet. In this interview Toure asked Soulja Boy, “What historical figure do you most hate?” and Soulja Boy responded “Shout out to the slave masters! Without them we’d still be in Africa.” And continued to say, “We wouldn’t be here, to get this ice and tattoos.”

At this point I knew this young rapper had capsulated the state of Hip Hop. He has become, again, the epitome of garbage Hip Hop. This is the state of Hip Hop right now. The state where every young boy sees music as a means to only money and not respecting women. I know that we all have known this about Hip Hop, but I have never been flabbergasted by a mainstream Hip Hop rapper such as Soulja Boy besides maybe Nelly trying to battle KRS-ONE. Clearly another sign of Hip Hop being manufactured, one rapper comes in and comes out.

Now, Soulja Boy has come out and has apologized to parents for providing negative music to their kids. I was surprised to see this from Soulja Boy, and I am not sure if I should take him serious. He is making too much money and is moving forward with making an empire for himself. This means if he is going to change up his music he might have to sacrifice and go against what his record label tells him, and we all know that these record labels are monsters. Also, we will see if he is capable of moving out of the beat and dance, and begin to produce some lyrical flow in his music, which might be hard for  him.

I will leave you with a song called Del’s Nightmare from Del of the Hieroglyphics Crew, from his 1997 Future Development album. Soulja Boy should be listening this song. Oh, and also, I think Soulja Boy is not aware that all the “ice” he is wearing most likely comes from Africa.

Peace,
Jorge Bautista

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