Is Hip Hop Dead?

Is Hip Hop Dead?

Nah, hip hop ain’t dead. At least not in the way you think. If you’ve ever thought that hip hop is dead, scope this.

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Hip Hop is thriving

Hip Hop is doing great. Competition has never been better and rappers are pushing each other to higher and higher heights. Not to mention that beefs are settled and shots are fired within the studio rather than in the streets. This is good because rappers careers won’t get cut short on some dumb shit then.

On top of that, rappers do not need to be on a record label to get their shit out there, as Chance the Rapper and others have built their audience and their discographies purely through mixtapes. Since more and more music is available for free (legally, I mean), people can then spend their money supporting artists on your by buying tickets and merch instead of buying albums and staying home.


Hip Hop is dying

Hip Hop is dying though too. It’s pretty much unrecognizable compared to what it was in the 1980s, and boom bap is dying out. It ain’t just hip hop though, pretty much all genre’s lines are being blurred. Short term this is cool because then music sounds different then what we’ve heard before.

Hip Hop Ain't Dead

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Long term, it’s not as dope. I mean we don’t want all music to start sounding the same, because we already have a genre like that. It’s called radio pop. While I don’t necessarily need to a return to straight boom bap, I’d still want hip hop to not sound like every other genre. It seems like all genres, but especially hip hop, are dying out. For hip hop it’s because the standards are getting lowered, so that literally any beat with rap over it is getting called hip hop.


It’ll be interesting to see where it all goes.

I don’t really think that hip hop is gonna totally die out, as in I don’t think hip hop’s gonna start sounding exactly like everything else. I also don’t think that it’s gonna sound much like what it started as in New York like, 15 years from now. It’ll probably be somewhere in between, so follow along at Spit Talking to keep up with the developments.


If you think hip hop is definitely gonna die out in the next few decades, or if you think it’s gonna take everything over, let me know in the comments!

It’ll be mad interesting to see where it goes. Anything could happen. Here at Spit Talking we’ll keep you posted on everything.


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