September 23, 2009
Did Obama change hip-hop? As much as he's lowered the seas and reduced the deficit.
Rims and bling? They're "super-played out," Common said, explaining that hip-hop is finding another direction and President Obama is helping point the way.
"I also don't find as much gangsta talk," he said. "You see the whole chain-shining-and-rim era is gone. That's like super-played out. Just to have that, I think, is part of the Obama effect."
Really? The song "My president is black" was probably the biggest Obama hyping rap song after his election. While it was recorded by fairly big artist Young Jeezy, it was remixed and rerecorded by everyone, in particular king of the rap world, Jay-Z.
The original version: "My president is black, my Lambos [Lamborghini] blue, and I'll be g-ddamned if my rims ain't too."
The Jay-Z version: "My president is black, my Maybach is too. And I'll be g-ddamned if my diamonds ain't too. My money's dark green and my porsche is dark gray, I'm headed for D.C., anybody feel me?"
The Nas version (Nas is considered a "thinker" in the hip-hop community, meaning he's big on conspiracy theories and rarely makes any sense): "My president is black, rose gold on charms, 22 inch rims like Hulk Hogan's arms.
Just to prove I've done some research on this, check out some of the top hits on the hip-hop chart this week.
#3. Drake and Trey Songz "Successful"
Chorus "I want the money, money and the cars, cars and the clothes."
#4. Jay-Z "Run This Town with Rihanna and Kanye West"
I don't even know what to quote here, the whole song is about how they have more money than the people who hate them.
#6. Fabolous "Throw It In The Bag"
Once again, a whole song about how much he can afford while others can not. His girl can just "f*ck the price tag, just throw it in the bag"
And that's just the songs I know on the list, I'm fairly confident some of the other ones I don't know contain the same themes.
In fact, with all the articles about how plum embarrassing it is to be rich in our current economic climate, no one ever talks about the fact that rappers are still braggy and showy about the money they have. Don't get me wrong, why shouldn't they be? They earned it, they can paint their Lambo any color they wish and commemorate it in song. But Common shouldn't pretend that things have changed. Nothing has changed. And that's fine by me.Posted by Karol at September 23, 2009 01:10 PM | TrackBack
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