Words By Jesse H.
The Game, Saigon, Lupe Fiasco and now Kid Cudi.
Yep, according to a spelling-challenged message from the artist himself, he’s had enough. But what else is new? He’s just the latest in a line of rappers taking a childish “me first” approach to putting themselves above the game.
Is it just me or does this annoying trend in Hip-Hop annoy the sh*t out of anybody else? Seriously, how conceited do you have to be to establish a name for yourself in an industry where thousands adore you and want to hear YOUR voice…and then walk away?
Obviously, the industry is rife with backdoor politics (pause) and just shady dealings in general. But whining about it and acting like you’re above the culture is lazy, non-creative and unfair to your fanbase. Where’s the motivation to document and critique the ills of the business with your talent (which may I remind you, is NOT blogging) a la Tribe on “Show Business?” Tribe showed disdain for the greedy corporate side while simultaneously portraying their love for the culture by making a dope record. Tribe understood that above all, the culture of Hip-Hop came first. They understood that the fans held them to an expectation to make great music, regardless of industry politics.
But here we are in 2009 and that standard seems to have evaporated. The rappers listed above just don’t seem to understand that the culture needs to come first if we have any hope of saving Hip-Hop. The road to 5 Cigs starts with a meticulous process and these guys don’t seem to be taking their time to craft a body of music that is both thoughtful and meaningful. Instead, they choose to bitch and moan online when they should be seizing the opportunity to express their frustration with a well-executed musical criticism of the industry.
So, Cudi, I wish you well in whatever the hell else you’re planning to do with your life. How noble of you to cash in a well-paying job that brings you a flock of loving followers who adore your new take on a culture they appreciate. Yes, who really needs steady income and unyielding fan support in their lives? Let’s not even mention the extreme lack of class it takes to whine about being a self-admittedly rich, famous and respected rapper while we’re hurtling towards a 10% unemployment rate in this country.
IM SORRY TO THE FANS, IM SO SORRY YALL. I KNO U GUYS WILL ALL HATE ME, BUT REMEMBER, IM JUS A REGULAR DUDE WHO WAS GIVEN A AMAZING GIFT, AND NOW WITH THAT AMAZING GIFT CAME MORE UNCALLED FOR PROBLEMS THAN THE AVERAGE HUMAN BEING SHOULD HAVE TO DEAL WITH.
Where’s my Tribe record at?
Jim Jones – Frienemies (Max B Diss)
Fabolous Feat. The-Dream – Throw It In The Bag
Spectacula – Uh Oh
Fashawn – Day and Night (Freestyle)
Cormega-Winding On Me Freestyle
Slim Thug feat. Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Pimp C, Bun-B, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, Trae, Rob G, Lil O, Big Pokey, Mike D & Yung Redd – Welcome 2 Houston
Slim Thug Feat. Chamillionaire & Z-Ro-I Run (Remix)
A.Pinks, 6th Sense and Donny Goines – The SXSW Invasion Intro (Prod. by J Clyde)
Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down (Freestyle) – Smitty
Bobby Ray – Mr. Bobby
B.G. Feat. Magnolia Chop – Keep It 100
MC Lyte – Brooklyn
Camp Lo Feat. Charles Herron – 89 Of Crime (Prod. by Apple Juice Kid)
Ron Artest Feat. Killa Kyleon – Georgetown Girl
Termanology – Float
Phil The Agony Feat. Mitchy Slick Chace Infinite – Think Green (Remix)
Saigon – To Be Told (Prod. by Statik Selektah)