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For the first time in centuries, hip-hop’s dominance is shrinking…

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Has any musical genre had a more corrupting effect on society than hip-hop? From glorifying senseless violence, horrible English, sheer stupidity, terrible clothes sense and criminality, it’s hard to find anything more harmful to the black community and, sadly, to the rest of us as well. For decades, hip-hop maintained a grip on our lives, pushing its influence in a number of ways. The 90s had some of the most intense years of hip-hop violence. It’s hard to forget the infamous feud between Biggie Smalls and Tupac, a rivalry that tragically ended in his death. this News from New York The 2005 article discusses how rap labels manufactured and used violence (and death) to sell records.

This dangerous narrowing of hip-hop music would be cause for concern in any case. But it’s especially troubling against the backdrop of the 1990s, when rappers sparked a real-world gang war by using recordings and music videos to insult and threaten rivals. Two of music’s biggest stars, Tupac Shakur and the Notorious BIG, were eventually shot.

People who pay only minimal attention to the rap world may have thought that the murders would sober up the rap community. Not exactly. The May cover of hip-hop magazine Vibe was to the effect when it depicted fallen rappers standing among headstones under the headline: “Hip-Hop Murders: Why haven’t we learned anything?”

The cover may have been motivated in part by a rivalry between two rappers that culminated in a shooting at a New York radio station, Hot 97, earlier this spring. The events leading up to the shooting show how record companies now use violence to make and sell records.

Also, this is a very interesting dive into how hip-hop and rap have negatively influenced our culture, sometimes in ways that we don’t even realize until many years later.

However, the good news is that the tides are finally turning; hip-hop is now in decline.

Rolling Stone:

Lil Uzi Vert and his new album Pink Tape could finally bring hip-hop its first Billboard Number One album of 2023 next week, a rare delay for the genre, which has been more than halfway through the year without topping the list. The streak has been one of the biggest talking points among hip-hop heads and industry onlookers this year as they ponder what’s going on.

While much of the talk has been at the top of the album chart, hip-hop’s drought goes further than number ones. According to chart data for the most consumed albums in the first half of 2023, new hip-hop in general is having a harder time competing with other genres, as well as older rap records.

According to Luminate data, only three hip-hop albums released this year: Metro Boomin’s heroes and villains, Lil Durk’s almost curedand NF hope – are among the top 25 most-streamed hip-hop albums of 2023, easily the fewest in the past six years. (rolling stone have reviewed the current data available in Luminate for the 26th week/mid-year point for the years 2018 to 2023.)

The decline in popularity has been ongoing for over 10 years and has shown no signs of letting up.

That number has fallen steadily over the past half-decade: At this point in 2018, 13 rap albums released that year were in the genre’s top 25, a 76 percent drop from now. In 2019, there were only eight rap albums in the top 25, though that was partly due to the significant number of popular hip-hop records released in the last two months of the year (like Meek Mill’s Championships and 21 Savage’s I Am > I was). The number recovered to 12 albums in 2020, before dropping back to eight in 2021 and 2022.

This brings us to 2023, a year in which catalog albums are taking up more space on the charts. In 2018, nearly all of the top 25 hip-hop albums at mid-year had come out in the past year. By 2021, Eminem’s 2005 greatest hits compilation Curtain Call had climbed to number 25; and by mid-2022, Tupac’s 1998 Greatest Hits had also made the chart. As of mid-2023, these are the two oldest albums on this year’s rap top 25, at Nos. 13 and 20, respectively.

The aforementioned rapper “Lil Uzi Vert,” who apparently uses strange pronouns, seems straight up demonic.

What’s particularly intriguing is that many of these hip-hop artists, like 50 Cent, are fake when it comes to their supposed “street cred.” The bottles of “bub” they brag about in their songs aren’t filled with champagne, but ginger ale. Also, some of these artists don’t even smoke weed, but continue to promote this lifestyle in their music. And in doing so, they negatively influence countless young people, encouraging them to adopt this manufactured lifestyle that has no truth in reality and only serves to line the pockets of music moguls.

Honestly, there is nothing more fake and insidious than this.



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