well…yet another year passes.
for me personally? it was a strange year.
a year of revelations and a year of complications…but definitely a year of decisions.
how was 2013 for Seattle Hip-Hop?
lol…well…that all depends on what you consider Seattle Hip-Hop.
but in my opinion, Seattle Hip-Hop SPUN IT’S COLLECTIVE WHEELS once again.
i still don’t consider this city “ON” until the city has a BLACK Hip-Hop poster-child (i don’t make the rules, i just live by ’em)
…but i digress…
i feel like this year updated & solidified the position of White people using and cashing in on Black culture while Black people just sit back and watch it happen. this year to me solidified the collective weakness of BLACK Hip-Hop…lemme rephrase that…this year solidified the collective weakness of Black PEOPLE in Hip-Hop.
BLACK Hip-Hop doesn’t really have a strong voice right now…i mean c’mon…you have TALIB KWELI opening for MACKLEMORE.
it has become VERY clear to me that the game is more about POLITICS than skills…it’s more about NAME RECOGNITION than potential…it’s more about CLIQUES than GENIUS…and there’s a lot of DOUBLESPEAK going on, too.
all of the things that Hip-Hop stood AGAINST from day one; it has now BECOME.
like, it used to be that being REAL was the ‘cool’ thing to do…now, being real is the ‘out’ thing to do.
i feel like the collective consciousness of people in GENERAL has dipped; from a human perspective.
…like the love for new, bright, and shiny is at it’s peak in society…selfishness has peaked…disloyalty has peaked.
i think the main questions that i have to ask myself in 2014 are:
am i making music for LEADERS or for FOLLOWERS?
why do i feel so artistically separated from Seattle?
and since Seattle is supposed to be “ON” now (according to some people), can i expect the XXL FRESHMEN CLASS of 2014 to feature a SEATTLE rapper?
i’m looking forward to 2014 and all of the blessings that it will bring; i am just somewhat concerned about the loses for some odd reason.