Brandon McFarland on Monday, May. 12th
Last week, news that super producer Dr. Dre had become the first hip-hop billionaire surfaced in the form of a jovial (possibly drunken) rant from Tyrese Gibson at a house party with F. Gary Grey and Dr. Dre himself; topped off with a C-Walk for good measure.
In the same week, hip hop mogul P. Diddy is awarded an honorary doctorate degree from his former college, Howard University, and becomes Dr. Combs. Here’s Diddy at the graduation ceremony in a hat and gown accepting the accolade.
So, what do these achievements mean for hip hop?
Well, for me it’s all about the kids. Few rappers from the 90s are still able to tour off of nostalgia, and even fewer remain relevant decades after their “time”. Rap music is an art form that is constantly moulting; ridding itself of old styles and sounds year in and year out. Unless a youngin sees an old school rapper with or behind their favorite artists, they’re just another rich celebrity.
It’s safe to say that no one in 2014 is going to want to rap like Diddy, or even make beats like Dr. Dre (yes, I said it) but now, little swagged-out kids can envision a career that proceeds rap fame after the masses don’t care to hear you rap.
Salute the big homies! Or not. Let us know how you feel leave a comment.