Three Reasons 90s Hip-Hop Is Better Than Present Day Hip-Hop (a totally biased opinion)
Before I start, let me say there's no denying that modern-day hip-hop has its own unique sound and appeal, but I believe that 90s hip-hop is still the gold standard, and here are three reasons why.
1. Lyrical Mastery:
The 90s was a time when hip-hop artists placed an emphasis on lyrical complexity and storytelling. The goal was to craft intricate verses that resonated with listeners on a deep level. These days, many modern hip-hop artists rely more on catchy hooks and repetitive rhymes, sacrificing lyrical depth for commercial appeal.
2. Innovative Styles:
The essence of hip-hop was always about style and who rocked the hardest. Your style was a badge of honor, not just in music but in life. Artists were constantly trying to be unique, and that need to be different led to the development of lyrically and musically new styles. By contrast, many modern hip-hop artists sound the same and stick to a formulaic approach that prioritizes commercial success over creative individuality.
3. Cultural Impact:
Finally, it's worth noting that 90s hip-hop had a profound cultural impact that's still felt today. The genre helped give voice to marginalized communities, and its influence can be seen in everything from fashion to politics. While modern hip-hop has undoubtedly had its own cultural impact, it's hard to argue that it's had the same significance level as its 90s predecessors.
In conclusion, while there's no denying modern hip-hop has its unique appeal, there's something truly special about the golden age of 90s hip-hop. From the complex lyricism to the innovative styles and cultural impact, this was a time when hip-hop emerged as an art form.
If you have a different opinion or agree with what I'm saying, email me or leave a comment. As I said in the title, my opinion is totally biased.
Jeru The Damaja
Grandmaster Of Ceremonies