Elitist Retro Purism is Turning Hip-Hop Playlists Stale
Then, on the heels of this action, new schoolers like Drake came through with his first mixtape and ushered in a class of emcees that consisted of people like Kendrick and the entire TDE crew, Big Krit, J.Cole, Action Bronson and Curren$y, to name a few. The problem is certain people took a piece of this resurgence and only inhaled the portion of it that was relevant to them feeling like they are twenty years old again. They have no idea how to use the internet to find new music. They still rely on radio to educate them about the newest emcee.
They hate the radio because it's traditionally the enemy of all real music lovers, but they still listen to it faithfully and rely on the same institutions they hate to tell them about music that will potentially revive the creative juices of the culture.
They spend all day on the Internet, but this doesn't matter. They don't actively seek and search for new music, so the machine is their friend. This is today's so-called hip-hop head. Let's allow some PR firm to blow up the latest new artist and hop on the train with the rest of the late fans once they score a nationwide hit record being pushed by a corporation. You hear anything 30 times a day and you'll love it. The same science applies to good music, maybe even more so, since the music actually doesn't suck.
Unfortunately, people are ruining classic old school hip-hop for me. I can't hear the music of my current generation without hearing primarily music from the '80s and '90s. We all love '90s hip-hop because it's the best of the best. Nothing tops the '90s when it comes to hip-hop. But in 2013 I'm not having a good time if I go out and hear a set full of records strictly from 1995. DJs grow older, start families, get real jobs and stop actively searching for new music until it hits them in the face.
The younger DJs and fans in my age bracket don't have the political influence and control the older people have, so we're stuck in a salty position. Sometimes my only chance of hearing some music of my era that I'm actually a fan of is at the clubs you traditionally wouldn't expect a purist to visit. I can go to these spots and hear some new Asap Rocky. The DJ will actually play some records off the new Drake album. If I went to a so-called "real" hip-hop club I would've heard the same exact Beastie Boys record they play every week. I can't blame the DJs too much because they'll actually only play what they assume the particular crowd they spin for wants to hear.
If you only hit the floor when they spin Dead Prez's "Bigger than Hip Hop" for the 1,000,000,000th weekend in a row then it's not their fault. You suck as a fucking hip-hop fan. It's really selfish and unfair to the rest of us that are actively participating in the culture on a full-time basis to be subjected to your horribly cliche musical preferences. If I'm not in a hood spot I won't hear Asap Ferg's "Work" remix. If I do it'll be buried inside a bunch of records that are hella old. There's nothing wrong with old records -- we need and adore the classics. But the classics are being treated with very little respect in certain environments, being turned into cliche records for cliche moments. Do you really need to hear "Poison" every week at the same exact time for a trillion weekends in a row? Do you need the reggae mix at the same moment of the night, every week, with the same exact songs that you heard last weekend?