Are Veteran MC’s Trying Too Hard With The Trends of Today?

10.15.2012

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In the premiere episode of The Truth With Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson, YN looks at veteran rappers trying on today’s trends in order to stay relevant. Does it work or does it hurt their legacy?

  • http://twitter.com/nativenotes nativenotes

    Yeah all three of those songs are ehh. With Fat Joe I just think he was trying to re-create that strip club feel and kind of missed the mark but it still may get some run in Sin City.

  • http://livetheclassylife.tumblr.com/ Amit Mehta

    *Too

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Wilson, I agree with everything you said in this video. Well said all around.

  • http://twitter.com/CaptainSavem CAPTAIN SAVE’M

    I agree, my being Captain Save’m of E-40′s camp (I’ve have records with Too Short & Ant Banks as a group T.W.D.Y) “Players Holiday” I think it an issue of no A&R person in the camps or close to advise them, still to many yes men!

  • http://twitter.com/riceowlett Kelly The Best!

    i feel YN on this big time…

  • Taitmgmt

    Love this! People stay in your lane. If you are one of the very few vet’s that have been able to keep your true fans throughout your career, stick to that formula that you started with. Of course it has to be adjusted to stay relevant, however you don’t need to switch it completely. Especially switching it to the formula of all this BS that makes the airwaves these days. #realhiphopneverdies

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheldon-Taylor/1404335182 Sheldon Taylor

    Its a double standard. Veteran artists have been rejected in today’s game and unfairly criticized as their longevity endures. They are held captive by their past. Purists want them to retain what made them great but not enough support the music. Critics reject their contemporary musical upgrades and label them washed up and irrelevant.
    There is a serious role reversal problem in music today. Younger media platforms and record labels redefine artistic integrity from limited and fleeting contemporary perspectives. This in turn influences veteran artists to attempt to make music that runs compromise their brands in order to remain relevant, usually mixed results.
    While LL, Eve and Fat Joe have made better material in their careers they function within genres (R/B/Hip Hop) that place a higher premium on quantity than quality. Frank Sinatra was never judged by one record alone. He was judged by his body of work and retains his place as the standard no matter who the flavor of the month is.

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