Feeling like a throwback. I recently had a conversation with Professor Kush B regarding “authenticity” in hip hop and how some artists of today don’t have any knowledge of the emcees that preceded them, nor the struggle, contributions and sacrifices that many relatively unknown artist have made to BUILD this thing we call hip-hop/rap. When I say, “relatively unknown” I mean in the sense of asking the artists, “young” artists of today, about a particular rapper like say a Craig G, or a Masta Ace and I’m sure that they would have little to no information or idea about said artists. I have a loooooong list of my favorite notables of course, so aren’t as well known as others, but they impacted my taste of hip hop nonetheless. For example, I remember hearing this song WBNY back in the day, sitting in front of radio/tape deck and “tape recording” this song. Why? Because I simply thought is was dope and unique for the time. This dude preceded DMX and JaRule by the way. Not Grammy related, but Billy Drease related because I STILL love this song.
Most important quotable:
Came a long way from back in the day/ we did it for no pay, just rhyme and the hay and sleep/
Wake up, write another rhyme/ hit the park after dark, drop the beat one time/
That’s when Sh__ was real/ No phony, no bologna just a homie, mic and wheels of steel