FWD: black seattle hip-hop artists

Dear black artists,

We regret to inform you that the need for your services will soon come to an end as we enter a critical restructuring period. Fortunately, after having spent nearly a century meticulously studying your art, language, fashion, and lifestyle, we have learned enough to confidently move forward without your assistance. We thank you for your contributions but have decided to make some necessary changes as a result of your decreasing value. Focus groups show that consumers are looking for more relatable images. While 2013 marked the first time in Billboard’s 55 year history that there were no black artists on top of the Hot 100 chart, this was a great year for us with Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, and Macklemore claiming the #1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, proving that market demands are shifting. Consequently, in the next few months, we will be gradually phasing out your positions as we finalize this reorganization. In the meantime, we ask you to continue with business as usual, training your replacements Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and others until instructed otherwise.

P.S.

white artists topped the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 44 out of the 52 weeks last year.

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11 thoughts on “FWD: black seattle hip-hop artists

    • it IS beautifully written!

      i wish i had wrote it!

      i think it IS funny though because Black people by-and-large still don’t get it…HIP-HOP doesn’t get it.

      • yeah,it’s like this every time though, with the people in a sleeping state style-biting & mindless repetition is easy to produce & sell to them…then ,it’s in some people’s nature to bite & mindlessly repeat, due to the lack of original thought being inherent…as usual & on cue, this is happening again with an original black culture, & only the culturally aware will be aware of it…ultimately though, it’s as mos def said, We are Hip-Hop…long as We’re alive, it is & will Sound off regardless…

        the larger question that i ask myself though, is why we are even using the “commercial image” Hip-Hop (2013 being the commercial image of white dominance in sales) of the music to determine whether it has been taken from us or not? AND in the same note, not believe what we watched on the news? kinda schizo of us that do that, myself included…taking the image on face value might have us w/ our backs to the value…

        maybe we’re focusing on the wrong criteria…the fact that the ESSENCE of Hip-Hop can’t be “taken”, is the heart of the matter and the end of the story…same w/ rock, soul, gospel, whatever, the essence is the creators…w/o being actual creators, yet having a pliable public media machine, then what do they really have @ the end of the day? nly an image…small example: K-Dot didn’t fit “that” image for 2013 = performing with a white band in all white, winning no Grammy’s & still being nice w/ the performance, simple equation…. celebrate that he didn’t win it, because they knew that they could not tamper with & tarnish the ESSENCE of Hip-Hop, AND must mix & dilute it (no longer holy) to even put it on display lol…ask Run-DMC…they walked that way too…dead corporate can own the image, but never the Living Essence… I’m starting to understand that that’s what yeezus was all about…it was a reclamation of all of the “stolen” genres, really put on display to remind us Creators hat they never “took” it, so we can “take” it back & claim it as our from the date of creation…literally…

        commercially, every genre we’ve created has been “hijacked”, & we just make another one, inherent originality…maybe the next kool herc is here already, maybe he/she’s not yet, that evolution happens either way…the “next” genre i see has it’s roots in Hip-Hop the way that Hip-Hop has it’s roots in Dancehall…once it’s named as a genre, it’s limited, & will be subject to control in some shape or form & we go thru the cycle again…idk, i think we’re quick on the way to having way more people awake soon, necessity is borning that…

        The Art & the Artist are One, the paradox & the compromise is to sell one w/o selling the other…

        Peace…Au

      • “…ask Run-DMC…they walked that way too…dead corporate can own the image, but never the Living Essence…”

        as a freshman in high school when walk this way came out, i could definitely feel something ugly happening to hip hop.

        a dilution.

        i had been rocking 30 days and wake up for two years already. those were my joints. (kinda gil scott heron in a way. i didn’t hear gil scott until much later.)

        but, yes, walk this way was fun to bang in the car when we were cruising, and it was a hype song, but it felt styrofoam compared to other tracks on raising hell like peter piper or dumb girl.
        hip hop had a set of conventions, if not outright rules, and walk this way broke all of them…

        even the white kids saw through it, man.
        that’s my point.

        hip hop is always changing, and the faster it changes, the less it can be cannibalized…

      • Word…I was still in elementary when walk this way dropped… couldn’t buy music @ the time so it was all about what my friends & the adults were listening to & those few times “that new music” might come on the radio…had I not already been exposed to LL, Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow etc, I would have accepted that song as the standard….Beastie Boys were already on the scene too, & good as they were @ what they did, it wasn’t the same as seeing & hearing hip-Hop in my own color…I agree, the faster the music changes, the harder it is to be kept up with…the recycling (or just str8 up biting) is what’s keeping it stagnant enough to be surgically grafted into other than

  1. “the fact that the ESSENCE of Hip-Hop can’t be “taken”, is the heart of the matter and the end of the story”

    that’s not true.

    because what is happening is the ESSENCE is being turned into a MOCKERY…once the essence is re-written; (which it is now) it’s all downhill.

    the ESSENCE becomes DEVALUED / depreciated while the ‘mutation’ becomes what is ‘relevant’ and ‘accepted’ as the ‘new and improved’ standard.

  2. “we can “take” it back & claim it as our from the date of creation…literally…”

    sure…but what’s happening is this…

    they’ll give us the ‘credit’ (so to speak); but take all the MONEY and exploit the genre to the maximum that is humanly possible.

    nothing is sacred to these people…and they seeming have a serious grudge dating all the way back to time immemorial.

  3. “idk, i think we’re quick on the way to having way more people awake soon, necessity is borning that…”

    and that’s where i DESPERATELY hope you are correct…because the state of society and especially HIP-HOP is driving me to states of depression and exhaustion; and sometimes even isolation.

  4. “hip hop is always changing, and the faster it changes, the less it can be cannibalized…”

    i disagree there, too…

    i think it’s in a state of ROT, currently.

    i think it needs to die…because Hip Hop as we currently know it is like an Alzheimer’s patient that no longer recognizes there family members and next of kin.

  5. “had I not already been exposed to LL, Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow etc, I would have accepted that song as the standard”

    see…and THAT is all about what HAYWIRE is about…pointing out that THE unequivocal STANDARD right now is WHITE RAP…which has such a ridiculous amount of implications that it’s no laughing matter.

  6. “the recycling (or just str8 up biting) is what’s keeping it stagnant enough to be surgically grafted into other than”

    RIGHT.

    but Hip Hop being STAGNANT isn’t a coincidence…just like the incarceration / poverty / and abortion rates.

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