Common: "Hip-Hop Does Not Have The Same Impact Today..."
Is hip-hop dying?
A lot of the veteran hip-hop rap stars have been recently talking about the state of hip-hop at the moment with all of these newcomers. The latest MC to open up about his thoughts on the scene is Common. The Grammy-winning rapper recently blamed corporations for the hip-hop's current condition and that the scene has lost its power to breed leaders.
He told Honey Magazine: “It's sad, because hip hop does not have the same impact today that it did when I was coming up. I think about my daughter and hip-hop has no real impact on her lifestyle. I remember wearing medallions and finding out about Farrakhan and that movement because Chuck D talked about it. Hip-hop had a big relevance on life. When the corporations took over music, the music lost its soul. Music used to be artist driven and pure. I always thought hip-hop artists were leaders.
“Big Daddy Kane would say this is what I'm about. KRS would say this is who I'm about. NWA would do the same. If the music does not feel good to your spirit, you can't make a connection. I listen to old Bran Nubian or Tribe Called Quest or John Coltrane. It's different for the youth today. My daughter is 12 and I don't know if Nicki Minaj is going to have the same impact on her life as KRS had on mine."