Do you care if a rapper is being truthful in his lyrics or is the main concern the entertainment value?
If you’re a pop star like 50, Rick Ross, Gucci, Jeezy, etc. Keeping it real no longer matters. We know your goal is to make money and sell records, so the entertainment side of your work will be the most important part of it.
But if we are talking underground type shit like Mos Def, keeping it real is a must.
to be honest… keepin it real never really mattered…like he said ppl dont wanna hear to truth…even “underground rappers” dont even “keep it 100” somtimes…hip-hop in general is meant to be fabricated…whether its negative or positive…dats wat makes hip-hop….#justkeepinitreal
ps:i still love hip-hop
OBVIOUSLY IT DOESNT.. YOU GOT RAPPERS NOW THAT:
-WEAR FAKE JEWELRY(GUCCI MANE,ETC)
-KISSES MEN AND CALLS THEM THERE DAD(LIL WAYNE)
-HAD THERE CARD PULLED AND STILL IN THE GAME(RICK ROSS)
SO NO KEEPIN IT REAL DOESNT MATTER CUZ YOU LAMES DONT CARE… R.I.P. HIP HOP
My nigga u cant love hip-hop to make an ill-informed, stupid statement like that. “keepin it real never really mattered” smh. I dont even mean to offend, keepin it real is the essence. Keepin it real is the reason the genre was big enough to house lauryn, guru, outkast, goodie, dmx, pac, em, rakim, beastie boys, mos, jay, odb…and countless others who spoke how they felt and were bold enough to give an honest portrayal of their views and the world as they saw it. You didn’t have to be a revolutionary or deep…hell, u didn’t even have to be good…u just had to be honest. The value of hip-hop is lost cuz, niggas dont value it enough to hold artists accountable for bullshit. And while I appreciate Ja’s sentiments on some level, this is the very same nigga that collaborated with the drug kingpin/c.o and was the front liner for murder inc. records…so I take his words with a grain of salt.
@realtalkva…iknoo da artist u pointed out…kept it real…but im statin in different aspects of hip-hop…da keep it real phrase shouldnt even be used in hip hop…u do have sum dat can live up to dat pharse but da majority does not..#imjustsayin
there always was and always will be fake rappers in hiphop only difference is today then can be exposed easier cuz of technology. I don’t believe 98% of wat rappers today say becuz rapping about knowing how to fight became weak and if u don’t spray the block wit street sweepers and kill innocent ppl u not real enough so so many ppl exxagerate its all wack.
sugar hill gang nigga stole his rhyme from another rapper and even spit the rap word 4 word spelling out the other rappers name in the verse, ppl still loved it tho.
so that’s why guys like kanye thrive cuz they don’t have to be gangstas they comfortable being themselves
for the record rnb niggas are the realest and actually do wat they talk bout on records, most rappers are just exxagerating hoping to sell a record or 2
I feel what u sayin bruh, but thats exactly what the problem is. There was a point in time when everyone at least made an effort to keep it real…niggas just held honesty at a higher premium. I never thought I see the day when the most popular rapper alive would be heavy false flaggin, kissing grown men in the lips, and on top of it all only spitting a decent bar once in a while lol. Nowadays its like we have “fantasy rap” that NO ONE believes, but we still support, what we’re inadvertently doing is raising a generation of youth even more confused, than the clowns that influence them. I was in DC chillin, when I saw a group of six year olds, screaming how they “think they Big Meech”…on the corner at 4am…the deluded fantasies of one rappers become the desires of the impressionable minds they take over…Im just rambling now, sometimes I feel like the corniest nigga alive, because I just cant rock with this new wave of music. It has its place, but outside the clubs or the influence of heavy bud and brew…I cant rock with it.
As the greatest said, “It only entertainment”
Thats why hip-hop will never leave a legacy as great as rock, blues, or country…”its only entertainment”, if the listeners dont take it seriously, why should the artists?, or anyone else for that matter…that tired ass mentality killed hip-hop. “Its only entertainment” whatever nigga. I give up, slow jams and pre-05 rap from hear on out.