For those of you not in the know (Lilâ€™ Wayne fans), the Rap/Hip Hop era ended around the year 2001. We have many only-for-the-riches-rappers at this current moment in our lives. The radio air waves have been filled with the synthesized beats of Akon, Lil’ Wayne, and Flo Rida, but people forget the legends.
When I speak of the legends I am talking about the rappers and groups that caused controversy, political action, and moved a generation. The current tracks in our time have no meaning, or make me think…of nothing. It’s not like I am listening to Flo Rida’s track “Right Around,” and saying “Damn, that blowjob would be sweet, I never thought this song would redefine the culture of blowjobs.” Rap and Hip Hop back in its glory days was hard and people were speaking their mind about political events, current news around the world, and of course getting beat down by the man!
I am not going to cover the tracks or artists who rapped about politics and fighting the man just yet. Today’s topic of discussion is gangsta rap.
I never thought I would ever say this but, what happened to gangsta rap? I haven’t heard any! Not one. By my definition gangsta rap is the rap that had a very smooth or hard beat with a hard kick and the snare. The lyrics also talked about the day of drugs, gangs, living in the projects, and extreme violence (I don’t condone the actions in the songs; I just miss the hard feel to it. It was something that could take me away, get my mind off things and make me feel like a hardass and that I could take on anything). The last great gangsta rap album in my opinion was Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic 2001,” his follow up to 1992′s “The Chronic.” Both “Chronics” are a masterpiece in my eyes, it contains many of the rappers I consider legends such as Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, the D.O.C., Eminem, and Xzibit. To even add more to the genius of Dr. Dre’s “Chronic” albums, he did one of my favorite techniques in his album…sampling! The artists sampled include, AC/DC, DJ Quik, Sugarhill Gang, and Chic. If you haven’t heard the latest news either from XM satellite radio news, or any news source, I am very glad to inform you that Dr. Dre will be releasing his third follow up to “The Chronic,” soon after the release of Eminem’s “Relapse.” in May of 2009. Rumors say Dr. Dre will be entitling this album “Detox,” but forums and media have already dubbed it “The Chronic 3″ or “The Chronic 2009.”
This leads into my next point, where has Marshall Mathers been? Besides me seeing him randomly around the D. He is scheduled to launch his new album “Relapse” in May of this year, but has been laying low prior to that. Rumors have been speculated which talked about his sleeping pill addiction and others have said he is simply spending more time with his daughter Hallie Jade. I do have one request Mr. Mathers…COME BACK! HAVE YOU TURNED ON YOUR RADIO LATELY?! HAVE YOU HEARD THIS CRAP COMING OUT OF IT?! Luckily a few weeks ago, he released his first single from “Relapse,” entitled “Crack a Bottle” featuring the one and only Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. Let me tell you that track is hot, and many of my friends don’t like it, but personally I think its genius, and I’ve been waiting for this moment since 2001. I especially love it more then anything because of one aspect…that’s right it samples! It samples hardcore and they drop it like itâ€™s hot. The sample they choose is a Wu-Tang production entitled “Preservation,” performed by Aesop Rock and Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The track begins with Slim announcing himself ringside style with his stats of murders, assaults, and other illegal activities and then the beat drops and the madness begins. Dr. Dre has the second verse and just tears it apart, now we know he is back and he isn’t fucking around, he’s coming back, and he’s coming back hardcore.