Monday, May 20, 2013

Variety

I know I might've touched on this subject in a previous blog post, but I must revisit it. Last night, I was watching the movie "Who's The Man" (released in 1993, and I can't believe this movie is 20 years old), a personal favorite of mine, and not only did it reconfirm that I miss the 90s (and the 80s too), but with all of the different rappers present in the movie, it was one of many things that continue to make it clear why the 1990s is SO missed, revered, etc, and that's because it was SO much variety in hip hop during that decade, and that's something we're NOT getting at this time, and we haven't been getting it for several years now, which is one of many sad parts. At least twice a week you'll hear me saying "I miss the 80s and 90s". It goes without saying that variety not only makes hip hop overall that much more enjoyable, it keeps everyone on their game, all artists can thrive creatively, and you can be FREE to be yourself without having to worry about jumping on the latest trend at the moment. 

I now want to focus on 1993. At this point in hip hop, even going into 1994, another memorable year, all of the following songs were in rotation, showing the variety hip hop still had and there certainly wasn't anything wrong with it. I'm going to refer to my personal collection and list these songs (and if I forget any, feel free to include your own in the comments section):

Wu-Tang Clan (basically the entire 36 Chambers album with the exception of 2-3 songs)
A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation, Award Tour
 De La Soul - Breakadawn, Ego Trippin
Snoop Doggy Dogg - What's My Name, Gin & Juice
Dr. Dre - Nuthin But A G Thang (this classic is closely associated with 92, the year "The Chronic" dropped, but it was still in rotation in 93 going forward)
Black Moon - Who Got The Props, How Many MCs
KRS-One - Outta Here, Sound Of Da Police, Black Cop
Brand Nubian - Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down (Remix)
Tha Alkaholiks - Make Room
Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
Ice Cube - Really Doe
Das Efx - Freakit
Erick Sermon - Safe Sex, Hostile
Geto Boys - Crooked Officer
Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
Salt N Pepa - Shoop, Whatta Man
2 Pac - I Get Around, Keep Your Head Up
Run-DMC - Down With The King
Onyx - Slam, Shiftee, Throw Ya Gunz

Not to mention songs like 95 South's "Whoot There It Is", Tag Team's "Whoomp There It Is", lol, Wreckz N Effect's "Rump Shaker".

I'm SURE there's more, but compare that to today when you turn on the radio. Outside of very good artists like Kendrick Lamar, THIS is what you get on a day to day basis, with NO end in sight (then rinse, repeat):

YMCMB
MMG
Future
Nicki Minaj
2 Chainz
Drake

Now ask yourself, where's the variety in this, hearing the SAME songs by the SAME "artists" every single day, with no thought in giving others who deserve the opportunity to shine? Unfortunately I don't see this ending any time soon. 


Some may say I'm stuck in the 90s (and 80s as well), but with all due respect, I don't care. That was my era right here and there will simply NEVER be another era like it. I miss the days when artists were free to creatively express themselves through their music without having to cater to an audience who likely has never heard of someone like Rakim (and probably don't care at the same time), not to mention having to worry about doing what it takes to fit in or hopping on the current trend, which is likely not something that deserves the recognition for all intents and purposes. So when you continue to listen to classics from the 80s and 90s, always reflect on how GOOD things used to be and cherish the almighty throwbacks!

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