Last Of A Dying Breed

Shown above is the Vibe Magazine cover from February 1998 when hip hop was actually worth listening to. This cover was dedicated to hip hop's greatest rappers at the time including Methon Man, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Master P, Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Foxy Brown. In my opinion the 90's consisted of THE BEST R&B and hip hop artists and music hands down!!

I remember having blank tapes and recording songs that used to come on the radio so I would have them on hand whenever I needed. Music just isn't the same to me anymore. Back then when all these artists were out they were so talented and well rounded that I never thought they would be off the scene. I look back and wonder where all the real talent went. Of course there are still some past greats doing their thing like Jay-Z and of course Diddy (idk what his talent is but he makes hot music lol), but what about all these other past artists who just disappeared?
Carry On –>

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7 thoughts on “Last Of A Dying Breed

  1. Well, I didn't live to know THAT hip hop. As for nowadays though B.o.B never disappoints me, you should listen to a few of his mixtapes, especially "no genre"!! :)As for the cover I'd put B.o.B, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi and T.I(btw you're so right, no women at all!! I probably should throw Nicki on there just for the sake of having a female presence :p)

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  2. I actually do lil all of B.o.B's songs that he's come out with! I will have to try out his mixtape, thanks for the heads up! I like your list of who you would put on the cover. I would probably add J Cole, I think he's a GREAT lyricist. I think there are some underground female rappers, but they don't get attention because of Nicki. SN: I HATE that you didn't get to experience the great music that I did when I was growing up :-/

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  3. One contributing factor to the fall of "real" or "thoughful" music is the fact that sex, money and drugs sell. That's why artists like Gucci, Waka and Rick Ross tend to get more spins and radio play than more introspective artists like Lupe, J Cole or Wale. Think about it, Erykah Badu had to get naked and do a song with Ricky Rose for promotion of her new album. People didn't even know who wale was before "No hands". We live in a society where most young black men respect Boosie more than Barack. That being said, there is plenty of good music out there, it just doesn't make it off the shelf, and that is discouraging for up and coming conscious rappers. As for the cover it would be Kanye, Wale, Drake, BoB, J Cole, TI, Kudi and Weezy.

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  4. hmmm you have an amazing point to this i think honestly the reason "hip hop" is the way it is because now a days rappers are not looking to challenge themselves as far as lyrics goes like they are afraid to voice their true feelings i know money could make life a little better but there is always problems Wale gets all this hype when he really is just bringin a new style to be honest rap will never be the same again hip hop died in 05

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  5. I agree with what you both said! Especially the fact that there IS good music out there, it just doesn't get any air time, radio play, etc. Also the lack of videos on BET, MTV, and VH1 is also affecting the music world. If you turn to either if these so-called "music" channels, majority of the air play goes to reality shows. Back then, videos were played throughout the day, which gave different artists more shine. I think that REAL music fails to break through because so many people prefer the "money, sex, drugs" songs over the songs with meaning.. Why? because that's what's popular and believe it or not, so people don't know how to go against the grain. *sends up prayer for the music industry* lol

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  6. I too miss the old hip-hop. I have over 8,000 songs on my laptop & 80% of it is old-school & 90s rap music; I have it all! I personally can't get into the music artists are putting out today but I have to respect the fact that their doing what they have to do in order to feed their families & keep a roof over their heads… now, I can go into the whole "selling their souls" speech but I won't, Lol. The only artists to me that still epitomize the hip-hop we grew up on are Lupe & Commmon and even their numbers get lower & lower every year. Why? Because hip-hop has become hip-POP. SMH…Good read though, thanks[www.EverythingEnJ.blogspot.com]

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  7. I'm the same way with the music on my computer! I can't remember the last time I put up to date music on it, other than recent albums that I bought. Everything in the music industry is turning into pop, especially hip hop and R&B. Look at Rihanna and Beyonce, these are basically the two female R&B singers at this time. Even though they're considered R&B artists, their music is very pop-ish. True R&B artists like Monica and Keyshia Cole don't get noticed as much. Artists are focusing more on the quantity of their sales rather than the quality of their music. Thanks for your opinion! Going to check out your blog now 🙂

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