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Slang Editorial: Dear Aspiring Rapsters: No.

blame it on Meka June 10, 2010

In today’s post at XXL I talk about the types of music one receives in his email, and why they shouldn’t in the first place.

READ: Slang Editorial: Dear Aspiring Rapsters: No.

  • RTC

    I always enjoy these pieces… quick question, where did you get the title “Slang Editorials”. I thought it sounded familiar, then remembered Truck North spit that line on “Dutch Dalton” off the Closed Sessions project. It may have been said before though…

  • robertTHEallen

    this made me think of “whats going on” by charles hamilton. music isnt as creative as it should be.

  • Sickplicity

    You know what Meka? You always know how to speak the truth man. I can’t deny, there are alotta rappers out there nowadays basically just rapping just to fit in. It’s like a trend, and I remember this one time Obama mentioned in one of his speeches that not every kid out there can be like a Lil’ Wayne.

    That being said, these people nowadays, like their skills are great, it’s just their mind isn’t in the right place, I mean what’s so great about rapping about coke, and going to jail, and the hardships of your past life, might as well move on beyond that retrospective and put some good quality music for people to listen to if they wanna make it big in this world.

    Idk, either way music has grown as of lately, nobody’s really paying attention to too much of the old southern trend, or any of that whole 50 Cent x G-Unit business anymore, everybody’s tryna make good quality music..I’m not one to say I’m apart of the bandwagon, but that’s sorta the only reason Drake is actually big nowadays, ’cause he makes music people can relate to, even if it is love, or wanting to be successful.

    And it is true that before you wake up..a song is old already, it’s just people’s selfish ways of making themselves feel better, by thinking they’re better than everybody else if they have the song first, music is put out there to enjoy, not to compete. With that being said, I know rappers have hardships, but that topic’s already been covered, everybody understands what it’s like to live in the ghetto.

    I’m pretty sure not everyone can relate to selling coke and what not, idk your posts like these inspire me to look at this whole hip hop / music making in a whole different way, thanks.

  • feining liquor often

    deffently some good points in the article. real talk

  • hippaToDaHoppa

    @RTC ‘Slang Editorial’ was a Cappadonna song. Idk if he was the first one to say it though.

  • Carmine Fresico

    I think a lot of people look at music (well, rap) as $_$ rather than as an expression, or outlet, or even a form of art, rather. I mean, just because your boy has a mic stand in his closet and pro tools 3 on his e-machine computer doesn’t make you a rapper. But its become that easy… I think before a lot of people were daunted by the whole recording process, but since it’s become so easily accesible, I don’t see the influx of faux rappers slowing down anytime soon. I respect people, who respect music, and actually put thought into the things they decide to record. And these, “ice, check. Rims, check. All the bitches on my dick. Throwing money at a chick.” ass niggas are saturating the rap game making it harder for REAL artists.

  • D. $cience

    @ Sickplicity

    You have some very valid points, especially the point on reoccurring topics being discussed in the songs.

    Hip Hop have been around for a long time now, so rappers with socio-commentary and expressing the struggles of the ghetto was new, because hip hop became a voice for the hood of “old” struggles (i.e. being black, being poor, crime, etc.) we’ve been dealing with since blacks were freed slaves. Now as a people, we’re desensitized by these struggles because hip hop exploited it for a long time, but that’s only for now, because I think the struggle is not over.

    People say that Drake bring something different, but his topics aren’t anything new under the sun (love, success, money is all he talk about). Although I think Drake is basura, I will admit that he is trying to be unique, and that’s what’s f***ed up about rap. How many dudes out there submit their music to 2DopeBoyz that is hot garbage? Probably a lot…sh**, even Meka and Shake post garbage music every now and then, so imagine if they posted every single track they get via email. Sad, but true it is that the internet is breeding kids to be rappers because of ease of access. It takes no time to Google an instrumental, download it, freestyle over it, upload it, send it to a mass of bloggers, then BOOM!

    Perfect your craft young’ns…if you want to do this rap thing for real, know your history and get involved in the physical culture, not the internet culture. Other than that, stay in school and get a job.

  • late

    *wonders if Meka realizes his work with 2DB has contributed quite a bit to the whole “if it’s been out for an hour, it’s old” theory.
    dont post shit music, how about that? don’t post fucking lil waynes “freestyle” over a god damn phone from jail that was ripped from Ustream for gods fucking sake.
    post the music you like and respect for a change instead of trying to cater to the masses for once, Meka and Shake. All you are doing is contributing to the bullshit that is filling hip hop right now

  • New single off my next mixtape coming soon Meka, just as soon as my graphic designer whips up some single art for it. It’s titled “Passion”. It’s alright that I haven’t gotten a response of any kind from you yet. If/when I make it onto 2dopeboyz and the rest of the NMC I want to know I deserved it. I’m not about the coke and money and if I claimed I were I’d be lying. I’m a suburban college student from San Diego who’s trying to live out his dream while attending school and working a part time retail job. If I never make it, that’s fine, at least I’ll know I tried and I’ll still have the degree in a couple of years.

  • iknow

    The thing about, the whole looping 15 second bits is right on the money. SUCKER MOVE. I don’t care how you split it.

  • Truer pixels have never been typed.

  • aSmash

    Capadonna in the 90’s “My slang is editorial, explicit material. Briefcase flow, live in stereo show”

    I think that’s how it went.

  • LEX

    A bit of a shorter read than I was anticipating. I’ve been a follower of 2dbz for a minute now and I’ve held off on submitting lots of emails to Shake or Meka because I know for a fact that they must receive tons of stuff. I notice that y’all will post a popular artist feature with a relative “no-name” on a track but not so much the no-names (although there are a few MCs y’all post here that I’ve yet to take a listen to). Point is, I’ve been doing this thing for a minute and have learned that opportunities don’t come very often. I took it upon myself to submit music when you guys requested submissions for the NYC compilation that hasn’t surfaced yet. One thing I notice is that artists in 2010 are after that quick attention. Cats have been following suit forever, but now that we’re in the A Milli era, everyone and their grandmother is eager to be the “first” rapper to rap second on a beat. I think that there is a bit of integrity involved with presenting an original product. So how does an artist that doesn’t want to use his old features with Thirstin, Reef, Chaundon, etc. get on without collab-hoing? I’m damn near 30 yrs old with my 3rd child on the way so my focus has been on work way more than rap, but at the end of the day, I’ve rocked enough crowds and blessed enough booths to feel as tho a blog post is merrited. Everyone has a story. How do you decide to sift thru the bullshit is what I’m wondering? Cause I’ll be damned if I’m one of the artists you described. I can appreciate y’all not posting my shit if you don’t like it, but how do I keep from getting lumped in with the dime a dozen-billion mcs? If the highlight of my 2010 is being featured on Dallas Penn post (no disrespect, I appreciate the look from homie) then why bother continuing to try? Rant over.