While across seas, Public Enemy sat down with Gigwise to discuss the current state of hip hop. During the talk, Flavor Flav states that rap has lost the “element of hip hop” because of the slower tempos being used.
I think the element of hip hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo. It’s just stayed there for years. Right now, a lot of rap music today is being created at very low tempos. There’s no more of that ‘wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care’ – you know, something that makes you wanna get out there and breakdance.
Flav continues by naming names, saying he believes there are great “rap” records but it’s not “hip hop.”
Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America. There’s not to many great hip hop records out there, but there are some great rap records. Lil Wayne is making some great rap records, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamarr, 50 Cent, Snoop – everybody is making great rap records, but it’s not hip hop.
I’ve never understood the need to distinguish one label from the other, but we all know at least
one seven label-hungry junkies that will cry foul at the first sign of something being “different.” Everything evolves. And as fans (or artists), we should be doing are best to let it grow, instead of nit-picking every single detail.