- Graffiti Art
Don't get this confused with the bullshit you hear on mainstream radios and tv stations.
I've written down, IMO, the 5 greatest artists of their category
Hip-hop artists today (2000s)
others include: Canibus, Cage, Brother Ali ...
Hip Hop artists - 90s
others include: Ice Cube, Chino XL, Jadakiss, Big Pun, Busta Rhymes, Aceyalone ...
Old School Hip-Hop
4)Big Daddy Kane
5)Kool G Rap
others include: LL Cool J, Masta Ace, Slick Rick, Ras Kass ...
All Groups/Duos (in no particular order, just really good groups of all eras)
-Wu-Tang Clan (i didn't mention any of the members in solo artists becuase it would be too hard
-N.W.A (same thing as the Wu-Tang clan)
Beastie Boys, Run D.M.C, Outerspace, The Roots, Mobb Deep, Gang Starr, Cypress Hill, Little Brother ...
There are much more but these are the ones i think are necessary to be on this list
btw. the top 2 artists on each of the lists are in my opinion the greatest ever.
Hip-pop: 50 cent (always top of this list), Jay-Z (he might have deserved to be in the real-hip-hop list but he was so quick to sell out), Nelly, Chingy, T.I, Snoop Dogg (don't get me wrong he's good but he has no mic skills at all and he sold out), Bow wow and theres heaps more, just basically anything claimed 'hip-hop' on radio or tv.
and RnB is not hip-hop at all
This is the true definition: Hip Hop is a movement, a culture, as well as a genre of music. Materialistic things, getting money, women, cars, etc. is a part of this movement, and it always has been.
Since hip hop has mixed with pop music, this side of the culture has been in the spotlight, and many feel it is the wrong side. The thing is though, you do not have to listen to this type of music, if you prefer gangsta rap for example, simply listen to it.
There is no "real" or "fake" rap/hip hop music, it's all part of the culture. This "gettin money" phase that hip hop is in is simply a part of the 30+ year movement that has finally taken the spotlight. 15 years ago, the "gangsta" side of the culture held the spotlight. Who knows what is next.
Hip Hop "heads" and "elitists" (aka old men who think they're living in the 80's) say hip hop does not belong on the radio, and if it has success, that means the artists are selling out. They are simply jealous of the success of these artists, and wish to see them fall. That is called a "hater" my friends.
According to this logic, artists like Soulja Boy and Lil Wayne are "fake" hip hop, and not music at all. They also do not deserve any of the money that they have earned. (again, the reason for this is unknown)
Hip Hop started in nightclubs and parties, so it was originally party music. The people who tell you "real" hip hop is not party music, they have no idea what they are talking about. There is no such thing as "real" hip hop. It's a genre of music that many love, and many hate, simple as that.
me: someone is a little jealous.