Everyone got there own views of how they see Hip Hop today opposed to many years ago. Now Hip Hop is nearly 50 years old and she has traveled the entire continent throughout every country even areas where the sun doesn't shine and truth be told there are a few areas of such. Artist Nas wrote a song titled "Hip Hop is Dead" now let me back up for a moment to try analyze the whole concept of that title. When Hip Hop first started in the urban community of The Bronx NY it traveled to close by boroughs such as Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island and it was embraced with opened arms, you would see that people from the ghetto felt like they finally had a voice for the people and a sound that allowed us to move according to the way we felt. You see Hip Hop was a type of music that allowed us to cope with stress, poverty, and struggle in our community and it allowed us to come closer together rather that stray apart from each other in which there were maybe 1 percent or less of the NYC black/Latino population who recognized with country music and there wasn't this think called "techno music" It was either Soul, Blues, Jazz and Rock and Roll and of course House Music but as we were separated due to racial barriers, everyone had there choice of music and whatever music was played it became a part of our daily lives due to the lyrics that were spoken through the songs, yeah there were rebellion type tracks but when you listened to a lot of the music on the radio stations you hear stories of relationships, hard times, pain, etc through slow songs that would put one at ease after sipping on some cheap pink champale or old gold beer and just "cool out" I think music had some sort of control over how a person thought process went from day to day. Minorities were always struggling there were only a few who would be able to cross over to mainstream white majority during the 60s and 70s era as long as you play the "game".
Then there were the ones in minority communities who rebelled against the so called "white rule" only to be locked up in the jails or penitentiary and so it went on to just a few brothers getting together an making music by way of mc'ing and venting out there anger with music in the background and as that happened the creation of Hip Hop was being started and it became the voice of the people who wanted change. Instead of fighting one another physically a new style of battling was created called "Break Dancing" crews would go against each other without touching opposing crews just showing skills on the concrete through hands and footwork and it rendered respect. Another way of communicating was through "Graffiti" an art form that was allow artist to portray words and pictures on an abstract level as a message. This was all a cry of energy that was portrayed by individuals who became leaders and hero's in the ghetto.
The struggle continue and Hip Hop have lived through it all and now as we go into a new generation of music, lifestyles, fashion, etc Hip Hop has become a part of it all but WHY? This is a music of people who died everyday and went through torment mental and physical struggle and abuse and whoever can understand can proclaim it as OUR MUSIC. There were people who denounced Hip Hop and there were parents who would not allow the kids to listen to it because they wanted them to listen to "that" and grow up and be like "them" that's where your wrong, Tell me what is wrong and i will get involved just like any other person who have a curiosity about what to and what not to get involved in and it seem that heavy curiosity goes into what not to get involved in. Hip Hop allowed Black and Latino people to be proud because there was a style of music that allowed us to walk with pride, if you notice how we walk when we hear our music or even our swag well, that shows that there is a connection between Hip Hop and people who Love it.
But the love of this style of music have become abusive to the point it is losing it's identity. So as Nas mentioned "Hip Hop is dead" I can say not yet but it is dying slowly like cancer. justmythoughts..