Each generation has its own unique cultural musical style. For Black kids raised in the 80s and 90s, hip-hop was that culture and rap was that music. Birthed in the streets of The Bronx, rap was characterized by sampling and mixing other beats and adding elements of spoken word to the tracks. Embedded in those words were the stories of the Black struggle to survive in America, and those stories earned their tellers respect in the Black community and among other rappers.
Too bad those born in the late 80’s and 90’s are destroying it for everyone.
While there may be some exceptions, much of today’s rap is a vacuous shell of what it once was. The music and their accompanying visuals play into the most ludicrous, racist stereotypes– like the ignorant Black “thug”, drug abuser and White girl predator. It is as if the genre has become satire: Black men in ghetto-Blackface. Don’t believe me? Try to get through the songs and music videos for these “7 Artists Who Prove Millennials Are Destroying Hip-Hop.”
1. Lil Yachty (Miles Parks McCollum — born Aug 23, 1997):
Lil Yachty’s debut album, Lil Boat, is a reminder to all that one need not be creative to become a rapper today. Just name yourself and your album after a small boat. Oh yeah, then get a couple of girls [not black preferably] to join you on a real life boat for the music video.
2. Lil Uzi Vert (Symere Woods — born July 31, 1994):
Like most of the other rappers on this list, Lil Uzi Vert admittedly started rapping for attention. Go to 12:06 in this interview to listen to Uzi Vert “drop bars”. Terrible would be an understatement. And to make matters even more depressing, the Hot 97 crew, who have sat among Hip-Hop’s biggest legends, had the nerve to co-sign this rapping travesty as “nice”.
3. Lil Dicky (David Andrew Burd — born March 15, 1988): This Jewish rapper grew up in an upper-middle class suburb and initially became a rapper as a joke to garner attention. The funny thing about it is Lil D actually has a better flow and style than most of these rappers on this list, despite the fact that he may have absolutely no street cred.
Burd says he initiated his rap career “simply to get attention comedically, so I could write movies, write TV shows and act.” However, he “fell in love with rapping” and says he’s “not leaving that game until I’ve proved my point.
His point? Well that he is the greatest rapper out there right now, of course!
4. Kodak Black (Dieuson Octave — born June 11, 1997):
Infamously known for his recent studio session where he claimed “I’m already Black, don’t need no Black bitch”, this rapper embodies everything that could possibly be wrong with Millennial rappers: He hates Black women and has absolutely zero talent.
5. 21 Savage (Shayaa Joseph — born October 22, 1994):
Boasting over 18 million views on Youtube, 21 Savage’s Red Opps track reminds us that “thug life” is still cool in Hip-Hop, except lyricism obviously is no longer. While this Millennial rapper did come from a rough background– his best friend was shot and killed in front of him and he suffered six gunshot wounds in the attack– the telling of this tale is lost in poorly constructed bars that inspire nothing.
6. Chief Keef (Keith Kozart — born August 15, 1995):
With songs like “Ring Da Rosey”, literally a remake of the children’s song “Ring Around the Rosey”, it seems that Hip-Hop has become oh, so elementary thanks to rappers like Chief Keef.
7. Young Thug (Jeffery Lamar Williams — August 16, 1991):
Thug’s song “Best Friend” has nearly 150,000,000 views on Youtube, despite the fact that you can barely decipher most of the lyrics in the song. One thing that is certain? The rapper may not have any talent but he has a best friend.