Song: Who Part 1-3
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Budden ponders the question, not whether “Is hip-hop dead?” like Nas asked but who did the killing.
He brings up a lot of questionable music that came out including pinpointing several come-and-go rappers like Mims, DJ Unk and D4L.
Did T-Pain’s introduction and over usage of the auto-tune caused the death? His success with it motivated other rappers, most notably Lil’ Wayne on “Lollipop,” to give the auto-tune a try.
Was Lil’ Jon a factor? Lil’ Jon made beats. He used them to on his way toward the bank. He didn’t rap. At most, he talked on songs, see: “Snap Yo Fingers.”
Did Ja Rule’s “singing” start the demise of hip-hop? After 50 Cent brought it up, no one looked at Ja the same again.
Also, he brings up things that occurred in the rap world that could’ve played a role.
Did Jay Z becoming Def Jam President play a part in it? He did shelve several artists including Budden.
Was 50 Cent part of the demise? After all, he did introduce the looking at numbers to hip-hop. He put way too much emphasis on an album’s sales instead of focusing on the product. Ironic, since 50’s current situation has dealt with very low sales.
According to Budden, everything that happened played a factor in it, even the stuff that happen before the oughts.
Examples included the beef between Eazy-E and Dr. Dre, and the Snoop Dogg murder case as well as the huge influence the film Scarface had on the rap game. It seemed everyone wanted to emulate Tony Montana. They wanted to portray his drug dealing kingpin character in their raps.
He brings up the idea that technology helped ruined hip-hop. Although advancement in technology is usually a good thing, there’s always a problem associated with it. Technology made the artist more accessible to their fans and provided an easy, direct platform to release music but it also made it possible for Unknown Rapper A across the street, or across the country release his or her music too. With it, everyone has a platform to say/put out what they want.
In all, Budden says we killed hip-hop. I’m assuming he means that the culture killed it by letting it get to that point. Everything played some kind of factor in it.
Luckily, that saying of “hip-hop is dead” was just a phase. While all this occurred, good, quality music was still being made and released. The fans just had to work a little harder, dig a little deeper to find it.
I mean I did.