One thing the music and entertainment industry can count on is that anytime conscious rapper/singer Wyclef Jean drops a new song;not only can you expect the production to be the best of the best, but the lyrics always seem to hit home every single time. This week the world renown hip hop icon dropped a new track called "Hip Hop" that inspired a deep thought among many; has hip hop lost it's roots?
Wyclef is known for his catchy acronyms in his music but this time his wordplay is much more than him "Name dropping every rapper in hip hop" as Fuse TV's recent headline vaguely states. "Can I go in for a minute, because there's No Limit to the Cash Money Hip Hop Gettin, Molly is the new cocaine.. I see the rappers with the big gold chains.." the song profoundly opens.
As Wyclef goes a little further into each verse he reminds us how things use to be in the early days of hip hop and how the problems that were there then are still present in today's hip hop; but now to a more amplified degree. In a generation of designer drugs and bath salt addicts; perhaps the question after all isn't "has hip hop lost it's roots?", perhaps we should be asking what elements was hip hop made up of in the first place and... can we embrace what it has evolved into unconditionally?
Some may view this new song from the warrior in chief as a"tribute" style song; others may view it as he's dropping knowledge on the world. Maby a little bit of both; after all "Things don't change, they stay the same". Check it out for yourself and you be the judge: