Before you read my verbal commentary, check out the Rap City throwback intro from 95!
I want to address a few things without sparking a debate, and if a debate happens to come about, my words aren't intentional in that regard. I was born in 1984 (6/25 to be exact), making me a true 80s baby to the fullest. It was a pleasure to witness a LOT of classic hip hop in real time, even at a young age, which in turn created SO many memories that I'll cherish forever. Now, I understand that there's a new generation present as we speak. I understand that things have to change and evolve in any form of entertainment (and life for that matter), but the one thing I've always had issues with is when things don't change for the better. Most of us have often talked about the quality of hip hop being on the decline for the longest time, which still remains true, but at the same time, I'll give credit where it's due by saying that throughout such decline, there has been a lot of VERY good material released, some of which I was thankful to be recommended. Continuing on, I want to address two things, starting with the term "golden age." Overall, that term may be a subjective one, but in my view, there certainly is no golden age now and anyone claiming that there is such a thing I would respectively disagree with you. There's a reason why the 80s, mostly, (and of course the 90s) was considered the "golden age of hip hop" and we'll be here all day coming up with a variety of reasons why that remains the case, and honestly I doubt if today's generation even know what the term "golden age" means. When another era appears and we get groundbreaking, landmark albums on the level of "It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back," "Paid In Full," "Raising Hell," "Straight Outta Compton," "Criminal Minded," "Illmatic," "Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," just to name a few, then we may be on to something, otherwise, we'll continue to be LONG past the point of another "golden age." The second thing I want to address is this notion that those, myself included, who are stuck in the 80s and 90s are just over-critical, somewhat jaded and those who make the comment "things were so much better back in the day" are out of touch. I'll be one of the first to say "things were so much better back in the 80s and 90s," obviously because it's true, especially when we're all entitled to our opinions. Even though I can talk about hip hop everyday/all day, I refuse to allow myself to enter into a (heated) debate with someone who likely wasn't even around, per se, when hip hop was in its prime years to tell me what we get today is "the shit" and I'm "out of touch" because I continue to glorify revered eras in hip hop history. For example, almost 30 years later, we're still talking about the impact of N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton". Realistically, are any of us going to be talking about ANY album that came out in 2015 some 10-20 years from now with the except of a few that we can count on one hand? Not trying to predict the future, but still. At the end of the day, I embrace and accept any new wave of artists that come through, but I'm not going to allow that to make me forget how GOOD hip hop used to be and lack a sense of history. I know you have heard this talk before (from myself and others), but I just wanted to present my feelings once again. Thanks for reading.