Ok, this may have gone down (a few) minutes ago, but it’s just one of those thangs worth a mention. While making his way through the black carpet of the BET Hip Hop Awards, hip hop forefather and I Am Hip Hop lifetime-achievement recipient, LL Cool J, was approached by MTV who wanted to know if he was feeling what’s going on today in the genre. LL replied, “Right now, there isn’t really anything that has my attention like that, to be honest with you, but when they do get my attention I definitely listen.”
Outside of DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One,” featuring Drake, Uncle L said he can’t lie: Nothing out here today has got him “shivering in his seat.” Nonetheless, LL wishes his uninspiring successors “all the success in the world.”
Speaking on his personal impact on hip-hop, James Todd Smith said,

“It’s pretty obvious that what Dr. Dre and N.W.A did for gangsta rap music, I did for romantic music and music with females. I basically started a section of a genre and created it and put it out there, and now lots of people are doing it. I think it’s great. The more, the better. It’s better than downing them and telling [women] they ain’t nothing.”

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  • TR

    I was a Hop Hip junkie as a teen in the 90’s. I also remember my elders completely disregarding the quality of the music I loved so much. Funny thing is those same songs from that era are now considered classic music. The point is maybe Hip Hop is not supposed to ‘inspire’ a married, well off, middle aged LL Cool J. I don’t think he is part of the target demographic anymore.

    • cyan

      Okay I hear you but just looking at Lil’ Wayne turns me off of hip hop!! lol Anyways LL must know about hip hop so I don’t agree with your comment. Its like saying a high ranked soilder doesn’t know how to serve his country any more because he is no longer in the front lines but is it that he’s forgotten how to fight. No!!! so how could LL not know good hip hop and he was there in the beginning!!!

    • Bisous

      @TR this comment is loved. I keep trying to tell my elders that just because Lil Wayne is all they play on the radio it doesn’t mean every one is listening. Most kids have iPods and can control who they want to hear at any given time of the day. There were dozens of underground, international, and intelligent rappers in the cypher and I bet most of the people commenting couldn’t identify half. There are plenty of exciting artists out nowadays the question is whether or not you want to look for it.

  • Usagi

    When I was a kid, I din’t care for rap. I didn’t start liking it until I listened to Outkast. I’m really into the gangster rap, like 2pac and NWA. I just couldn’t relate to it. Most of the hip-hop I listen to tends to fall in the rock genre (Rage Against the Machine, Asian-Fu Generation, Beastie Boys. My favorite rappers McChris, Outkast, K’Naan, and UVERworld.

  • E.M.S.

    Most hip hop is garbage, I’m sorry but it is. Most rappers are talking about violence, drugs, sex, disrespecting women, cars & clothes. Of course it’s uninspiring, it’s just a bunch of stupidity.

    There are some good artists though, for example, I love Lupe Fiasco. His lyrics are about empowering ourselves, particularly as black men & women. More artists should be like him.

  • coco

    What about R&B? It’s really not R&B anymore it sounds alot like pop music these days.

  • Vernisha K

    I totally agree with the statement LL made. Contemporary rap was used as a method of speech. It told stories of injustice and life as a lower class citizen, particularly black citizens. It was designed to spread the news and raise the awareness of people in America. However, rap music today is about any and everything that will boost album sales. There’s no morality or humbleness.