“With rappers rapping over “Dance” beats, can we still call this hip-hop?”
Over the years, Hip Hop did the inevitable and underwent a transformation. I’m not so sure it really grew up, but the dynamics and fundamentals it was built on lost its momentum. Or times just changed so much and it had to roll with the punches.
Established as a culture folk could relate to and channel their own emotions through, everything about the beat of a track to the rhymes in bar-form epitomised an era tattooed across the soul of the lover of this genre. If you’re a hip-hop fiend, I bet you still remember the first track you heard that literally made you sit up and take note; that one hot beat that shook you to your very core and moved you, because that was hip-hop’s essence.