The evolution of hip-hop has continued to expand since the 80's. What was started as something as a simple melody alongside harmless narratives, became something much more. Back in the day, in order to be the ultimate emcee you had to understand the origin of true music. Many of times this was gathered from listening to parents play oldies on a 8 track. Plenty of rappers from the 80's and early 90's took a liking to people like Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, and even the Jackson Five. Before the gangsta rap of the early 90's people like Luther Vandross, and Teddy Pendergrass were the faces of what stood for real music.
Fast forward to 2016, and we have some of the most talented rappers/singers that have managed to bridge the gap regarding melody, concept, foundation, and flow. We've witness rising Pop stars make the crossover onto multiple charts, and win numerous awards. What was once seen as pure dominance has now changed into a industry ran by statistics, popularity, and overall presentation. For those fans who truly love the essence of hip-hop, realize that the overall message in the song is the most important.
Influence in this day and age means everything. What was once a private music world with little to no voice, has changed to a demand for political views and debates among artist. Once upon a time it wasn't necessary for artist to say anything regarding what's happening in the world. However now with the evolution of Hip-hop, we expect industry artist to be on the forefront representing us in the fight to resolve the "Injustice" that plague our nation in multiple facets.
One of the most influential moments we've witnessed in Hip-hop, was when Hurricane Katrina shook the very foundation of New Orleans. It was a sad time, especially when innocent civilians were labeled as refugees. Witnessing the horror unfold, many people questions what could be done in order to help victims that lost homes, businesses, memories, and even loved ones. It was at that time the Chicago native Kanye West, called out then President Bush for not being assertive in efforts to help. Even with all of the praise Kanye received, it showed the disconnect among urban people and some of the highest ranked officials.
Fast forward to 2016, and you'll see countless rappers speak not only about natural disasters, but the execution of young black males by the hands of authority. The last two years have left many mothers, wives, and children, with a bitter taste in there mouth when it comes to law enforcement. The uprising of violence connected to police has forces people to rethink the purpose of officer on a grand scale.
Many people have little to no trust for people of authority because of numerous events taking place in the last year. With the elephant in the room being addressed on a minimized level, it's harder than ever to rebuild trust. More now that ever, it's evident that we need the people we look up to for a more peaceful solution. If ever it was a time when accountability is necessary the time is now. With the popularity and influence of today's artist, it becomes necessary issues to be addressed. Regardless if artist rather speak on things regarding the social climate, it is warranted and demanded on the highest of platforms.
When we support the right artist that has the heart for people, we as a group are able to speak our mind and voice our concerns. It's important that we continue to let our voices be heard, and the mantle be given to individuals willing to except the responsibility. People like Kendrick Lamar, Common, and T.I., are examples of what the struggle can create and birth. From rough upbringings to being the voice in a industry where everything is a fascade. We solute artist like them looking to make a difference by speaking out against what's immoral and destroying America as we know it.