Boom Box: Old School Hip Hop vs. New School

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DALLAS -- Now, we can all agree that hip hop has changed quite a bit from the 1980’s, 1990’s, early 2000’s to now.  What happened to cyphers, freestyle rhyming and the goal to out rap your favorite rapper?

These days, all you need is a catchy beat and you’ll probably have a hit.

Well, old school artists have had enough!

There are exceptions, of course. You have Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Chance the Rapper, Big Krit and others that take their craft very seriously.  For the most part, old school artists have no problem giving props where props are due.

But how did we go from the golden age of hip hop to what now dominates the culture?

Rah Digga recently said, “Hip hop was created to inform and empower inner city youth.” Anyone who grew up listening to hip hop in the 1980’s and 1990’s, would agree.

There is definitely room in hip hop for an assortment of creativity, but can we bring back that positive core message?  Old school artists believe we can. They are reviving the art, reviving the culture and reviving my generations love for hip hop, and we are ready for it!