Sunday, August 1, 2010

Why Soulja Boy is part of Hip Hop Culture ? PART 1

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        Yeah, you have seen the usage of the term “real hip hop” everywhere in the urban musical community(So much so, it should be an idiom by now). Larking in the darkness of shallow woods, is the pending checkpoint monster of “real hip hop” waiting for someone to make music deemed not 'real' so it can diss its prey into submission and feed the 'unreal' to the wolves. I already explained what real hip hop really is about in the article entitled “How to produce a successful mixtape ? [Basic Edition] Part1”, so I will digress into the topic of today's blog posting. Today's blog will discuss a very pressing issue with in the “ranking” system of Hip-Hip and draw a sharp conclusion on to why people like Soulja Boy are part of Hip Hop culture.
             In recorded history, Hip Hop culture arose in the 1970s  in The Bronx, New York City. Hip Hop culture possessed two lasting elements, the music & the artistic poetry(Recognition of the other elements go without question and will be discussed later in the article). Musicians such as Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa., & Grand Master Flash pioneered the art of Hip Hop with various presentations of which were branded  the title “Hip Hop” before any media recognition addressed  the rapidly growing “demographic” Hip Hop had created.  The sounds waves were booming with Hip Hop by 1981, but now in the 2010 have we forgotten where Hip Hop really got began to pick up ?
            Now down to the spectrum, Soulja boy at the youthful age of 20 he has amassed a net worth of more then a whooping $17,000,000. Gaining success with his independent single, “Crank That(Soulja Boy), which is to date is credited as the third highest downloaded song in the United States peaking over 3,000,000 downloads.  Granted, with success comes criticism, which can be constructive, socially bias, often times(Check Youtube™ comments) just down right hating.
          Now, I won't define 'hating' in this article for that will throw everything off topic. Fast forward summer 2010, you have noticed since Soulja Boi's debut in May of 2007 a strong atmospheric climate of Ha²+H²O(haterade) has be leaking into the lungs of various Hip Hop fans. Often times, these individuals would label themselves as a collective, “REAL HIP HOP HEADS”(which was briefly address in a previous article). Many of these individuals don't understand why Soulja Boi is part of Hip Hop culture, well I am here to answered that question once and for all.

             Soulja Boy is labeled often times retro trendy, maybe a small inspiration for the hi-beam colorized outfits of the 2000's which were adapted from 80's flavor fashion.  Retro is to refer to his old school style and trendy is for the trend of fashion of that particularly sub-era if you will. Now analyze  the death of the term “real hip hop” as those individuals passive aggressively put it:

Now let's see where this so called “PARTY RAP” comes from:

1981 - One the first Hip Hop groups form in Harlem Crash Crew
               Check out there song, entitled “We Want To Rock”.
1983 – Afrika Bambaataa releases “Looking for the Perfect Beat”.
Early 1990's – Tupac joins known “party rap” group Digital Underground.
       For those “black folks” that talk about Soulja Boi talking inappropriatelyy in his “Crank Dat” record, Check out Digital Undergrounds leader Shock G's song “Humpy Hump” which was contained lyrics of high sexual content back when music was rarely censored. But I guess since Shock G is “light skin”, he gets the pass ,right ?

Don't forget what term “Hip Hop” really means. Fore, 'hip' is what is stylish at a point in time and 'hop' is the movement(collective).

Don't forget about Keith Cowboy ….. He coined the term hip hop, back when it was referred to as disco rap and performed Electro, in addition to funk styles hip hop songs.


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  1. Interesting outlook on Soulja Boy's rise to fame. Me personally Im not a big fan of the guy and felt his first album was one of the worst albums Ive heard in my life.

    But to the kids credit, He's gotten WAY better, I give him credit for finding his own niche and actually trying to improve his music.

    Good article, awaiting part two.

  2. Yes, I give him his credit. If we are as people are going to attack another black man for making the records, we must also attack the white executives for placing the visual product on Television.