HIPSTER RAP: YAY OR NAY?
Ah yes, the hipster rap phenomenon most commonly attributed to bloggers and their compulsive need to order and organize everything into meaningless labels and trends. It started with the emergence of acts like The Cool Kids, Kid Sister, Kid Cudi, Mickey Factz, Mikey Fresh and on and on…(basically everyone I’ve featured on this very blog, coincidence? Who knows). Just moments ago, Jay Smooth over at Ill Doctrine posted a new vlog on hipster rap that offers his always witty two cents on the matter:
I love the opening breakdown of the word “hipster” itself because homie hit the nail on the head: we might need to retire the word! It means so many things to so many people that there’s really no universal, shared definition to speak from…However, I disagree with him on the latter part because well, I have a deep love for fly men of color in tight/fitted attire and I’ve always loved $lick Rick for his flow and his steez. You know me, I can’t leave the house without all my (fake) gold and I have to give thanks to the godfathers of hip hop for that one. But hey, why don’t we let the targets of this so-called “hipster rap” movement tell us their side of the story. Let’s begin with Mickey Factz. He’s been known to drop the word “hipster rap” in his music to set the record straight that “hipster rap” is simply a made up term! Watch the following interview with SitDownStandUp.com where he elaborates on his point of view (it’s at minute 1:02):
True story. No bad blood against hipsters but he’s clearing his name…not a hipster rapper, just hip hop or “global music” (I’m not too sold on that one but okay). Is the need to call these hip artists of color “hipster” an attempt to align them with whiteness? Or does the category “hipster” transcend race? Cheeaa Right. My bad, I won’t let my bias silence you, please share your thoughts forreal forreal, I’m interested because I think a lot of us would fall into this category if we produced our own music. Let’s close with Kidz In the Hall’s interview on the “hipster rap” backpack:
Don’t worry boo, there are some bloggers in your corner. Post some comments, let me know where you fall in this whole “hipster rap” debate. Also, I have an audition today @ 4:30 so send those positive vibes my way. MAD love to everyone, have a fun and restful weekend.