Rest in peace, hip-hop

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Indie hip-hop is the industry’s lifesaver”
Feb. 20, 2007

To the Editor:
In the article “Indie hip-hop is the industry’s lifesaver,” the author proclaims Tupac, Biggie, KRS-One and Big L the fathers of gangster rap. This is a deceiving and nauseating statement, and a fabricated lie to The Gazette’s devout readers; it doesn’t pay homage to the real fathers of gangster rap.

Schooly D, Ice-T, EPMD, Kool G Rap, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella are only a few of gangster rap’s originators. LL Cool J was the first rapper to use the word “gangster” in a song. Groups like N.W.A. were extremely political before Bush took office and one very popular song comes to mind: “Fuck tha Police.”

I agree Talib Kweli is a sociopolitical rapper who has been around forever, but he’s unmistakably a mainstream artist. Kweli’s single “Move Something” hit no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard rap chart in 2000, and his new song “Listen” is featured on the NBA Live 2007 soundtrack.

Hip-hop is dead. It’s dead because you don’t do your homework on it. It’s dead because hip-hop listeners think B.I.G. and Pac founded hip-hop. It’s dead because of “Chicken Noodle Soup” and “Chain Hang Low.”

Although I’m a proud listener of hip-hop, these are the facts. Do yourself a favour and buy CDs like Ready to Die, The Chronic, Straight Outta Compton, Reasonable Doubt, All Eyes On Me, Illmatic, Doggystyle, The Low End Theory " the list goes on.

Rest in peace hip-hop, 1970-2007.
"Christopher Tsiropoulos
Undeclared I

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