Hip-hop can’t buy a break right now. Thanks to Imus, Al, Oprah, Cam’ron, Tony Yayo and others, rappers have been cast as foul-mouthed philanderers whose only cares are booty, bling, blunts and beef; order of preference being debatable.
So at a time when hip-hop could use a link to its Golden Age, it’s only fitting that KRS-One should grab the mic again. Watch the freestyle above and you’ll see an old-school teacher who doesn’t need to scream about how bad he is. Rather, you’ll see a master lyricist whose flow is only topped by the pure enjoyment he gets from practicing his craft. I mean, an MC that actually smiles while spitting rhymes? It’s sad that that’s a groundbreaking gesture in today’s rap game.
Listen to the title track of KRS’ upcoming album Hip-Hop Lives. Then weigh in: Do new-school MC’s need to re-evaluate where they’re at? Or is doin’ it dirty what rap is all about?