I hate to admit that in some ways, I've become the guy who talks about the music of his youth is so much better than what the "kids" today listen to. But dammit, I'm right!!!!
I can remember running home after school to try and catch the 1 hour of hip hop they would play on tv. I loved it. It was so new and different that everything else and I craved it before I knew what a craving was. I'm not going to pretend that I know why it spoke to me so much or say I was ahead of the curve on anything. I just loved it. KRS-One, Public Enemy, Nice & Smooth, Special Ed, Eric B & Rakim, 3rd Bass, Big Daddy Kane... I could keep listing names all day. It just felt fun, and energizing. One of my favorites of those days was Eric and Parish...EPMD. Get the BoZack. You got to Chill, Crossover, Headbanger, on and on and on and on. I remember being heart broken when they broke up but got my smile back in '97 when they brought it back. They really frame the sound that I remember as a kid growing up.
Now we have a bunch of guys who can't sing but try to thru vocoders and auto tuning. It's like listening to Max Headrum. The sad thing is I hear these "artists" talking about how pioneering they are. The same 4 or 5 recording artists just play musical chairs doing guest spots on each others songs, using the same beats, the same effects, and all saying the same shit. The sad thing is to listen to guys...scratch that... clowns like LiL' Wayne and 50 cent who can barely find the beat to stay on. Clowns.
I don't get too bothered because as popular as they all think they are, I rejoice in the fact that in a year or two they'll be an after thought similar to those other shit rappers who we've seen rise in fall in less than 5 minutes. Silk the Shocker, Mystical, Mia X, and just about every other clown from 7 or so years ago are all gone. Give it another few years and LiL Wayne won't even be remembered enough to be made a joke of. That's how timeless the current crop of rappers that get airplay are.
I still put in EPMD and not to remember better days gone by, but because it's good music. So today, I thru on my Epmd albums and did a warm up tribute to Eric & Parish Makin' Dollars!!
Fun Fact: Bill Sienkiewicz rendered the Fisherman Hat Duo on the cover of Business As Usual