It took numerous mixtapes and one debut album album before 1017 Bricksquad Waka Flocka Flame decided he had had enough of the rap game. After the end of this year, he was quitting.
Citing fake smiles and people as a source, Waka also proclaimed he would “rather work at Wal-mart.”
As I listened to Waka’s comments, I was reminded of the mixtape song from another Atlanta rapper known as Jeezy, “Rap Game.” Part of the hook is Jeezy stressing, Rap game fucked up.
Is it really? And if it is, who caused it to be so?
I personally think the rap game is fine. Not without holes though. And one of the biggest holes can be the fans.
We say we love good music. We say we love new music. But if you think about it, are you really open to finding good, new music? Until a few years ago, I wasn’t. I was one of the many hip-hop fans out there who liked a certain group of artist and no matter what, would not accept any exceptions.
If you weren’t flowing like Big Pun, rhyming like Big L or trying to make me think like Canibus, I didn’t want to hear you. And I wasn’t the only one out there with this mindset, many people will immediately designate you as trash if you don’t fit the mold of what they think a rapper should be.
So I ask you, the reader, explore some new artists. Open your minds to the way the rap game is today. It’s no longer 1998 where Jay-Z, DMX or Nas ruled the game. It’s a new day and age and it’s time to embrace the new school.
Besides, if you really loved Hip-Hop, wouldn’t you love it no matter what?