“Hip-hop is dead”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or been blasting Tupac at full volume for the past two decades, you’ve definitely heard someone utter the phrase.
It’s as overstated as it is inaccurate.
Not only do the numbers say otherwise, but taking a small sample size of artists and making blanket statements about an entire genre is simply inaccurate. Whether they are keeping hip-hop’s roots strong or taking the genre different directions, there are countless hip-hop artists making great music, ensuring the genre stays at the top.
Don’t believe me? Believe Tech N9ne.
Last week, when asked about what he says when people say “hip-hop is dead,” he responded with a laundry list of rappers including Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and more surprisingly–to those who might think hip-hop is dead–polarizing up-and-comers like Lil Uzi Vert and Kodak Black.
And this list just scratches the surface! There’s no possible way one person can cover all those contributing to an entire genre. Hip-hop isn’t defined by one or two artists! Rather than focus on the artist you may not listen to, pay attention and support the ones you do!