Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Appreciation - gratitude, thankful recognition; the act of estimating the qualities of things and them their proper value.
The two definitions above truly speak volumes when it comes to my feelings on many things from back in the day specifically and the year 2014 overall. As an "80s baby" (born in 84), it goes without saying that not only did I embrace the decade I was born in, but I also welcomed the 70s with open arms (looking back at the 60s would come later). Keep in mind this was all during the 90s, a decade that I'll always be SO thankful to be a part of and witness a lot of key, historic happenings in real time. This brings me to today. Whenever I throw in a CD that was released in the 80s and/or 90s, not only does it still sound good like it did when I first heard it AND bring back memories in the process, but I find myself appreciating the past more and more with each passing day. Granted, the "post 1999 era" produced some great material, but it's something about the 80s and 90s that remains so revered, at times it's difficult to put it into words, even though I've talked about this topic for years. A recent example is when I had DMX's first two albums in my ride last week. Both were released in 98, and of course I was taken back to the time in my life when I heard both for the first time and how crazy I went. Even during his down periods as far as public perception goes, I appreciate X more now than ever because of what he brought to the table. Furthermore, the majority of this appreciation stems from the fact that we are currently in the lowest point of hip hop ever in its history, on all levels. I've said this a lot recently, including the correct view that the music itself is all but secondary at this point and hip hop as a genre really seems like just another form of entertainment. It's sad and disappointing as hell when you sit down and think about it.
Overall, I'll continue to cherish all of the classic material that's been a blessing to listen to over the years (continuous appreciation) and give endless thanks to the artists responsible for it all. They say you never know what you got until it's gone, however, I don't think any long time fans such as myself are ready for a genre to be without its respected veterans at a time when they're most needed in my view. In my Pac voice, "you are appreciated".