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As I sit here listening to Schoolboy Q’s new album, “Oxymoron”, I’m left with a couple of thoughts, them being:
What I love about hip hop nowadays is that it is a fully fledged culture with different branches, you can still be the thug, saggy pants and oversize Tee listening to the W and be respected but you can also be the skate kid that listens to Tyler The Creator or even the alternative guy listening to the Pro-Era crew wondering about the powers of the pineal gland. You can be anyone, even a suit and you will still find a home in hip hop, it no longer caters to just some people. There is an infinite number of stories that can be told through hip-hop that have no place in any other music genre (the same can be said about other genres but this is specially true in the Hip Hop genre) and people feel connected to those stories in a way not even literature can express, hip hop is more than music it’s the soul of the artist in digital form.
Now don’t get me wrong, i’m sure you’re wondering, “so the soul of Schoolboy Q consists of singing about luxury and fucking bitches and what not”, well yes and no. Hip-Hop is all about valid truth, this meaning that not everything in Hip-Hop is necessarily real or true, but it isn’t necessarily a lie either, in a way it’s a lie we want to believe in, we want to believe that some of the artists made it out of the ghetto because if they did it we can to. We want to believe that some of the artists have been ruthless resourceful entrepeneurs because if they can, we can to.
But not all Hip-Hop is gangster, there are many tracks that speak about politics and heated matters such as Ab-Soul’s “Terrorist Threats”, there are even more tracks that speak about feelings and matters of heart & the list about subjects can go on and on.
We’re living in the age of the rise of the tribes, hip-hop has branched and grew while we weren’t looking and the upcoming sucess of many artists is proving that the genre is far from dead.