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Masta Ace Questions If Hip Hop Has Lost Its Soul In Open Letter (POLL)


(AllHipHop News) There have been many debates about the current state of Hip Hop. Some argue the culture has moved too far away from its roots. Others say today’s rap music is just a reflection of this generation’s approach to Hip Hop. Juice Crew affiliate Masta Ace wrote an open letter asking whether Hip Hop has lost its soul.

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“HAS HIP HOP LOST IT’S SOUL???” – Open Letter
This past weekend I appeared as a guest on “Street Soldiers” with @LisaEvers which aired on @fox5ny Saturday night and a affiliate Radio Station WQHT #hot97 early Sunday morning. As part of agreeing to be on the show I was asked to write a few paragraphs on the topic ‘Has Hip Hop Lost its Soul’. Unfortunately the conversation never really lead down a path where I could make some of the points I wanted to make. I thought i would share with you all the paragraphs I submitted to the show regarding this topic:

When I think about the state of today’s hip hop I am reminded of Sister Souljah’s iconic phrase “We Are At War”! We are at war with ourselves. We realize the importance of hip hop having a place at the table of today’s music genres. We feel the need to celebrate today’s successful hip hop artists because they are representing our music and culture. At the same time we are torn because when we dissect the prevailing images and messages dominating the forefront, it disturbs us. We know all too well the influence OUR music has on the next generation of young people. We notice the lack of balance in the music and messages being broadcasted to the masses of young influential fans. The SOUL of hip hop has never left. The broadcasting of that SOUL has disappeared from radio and television. The Golden age of hip hop was a truly balanced representation of hip hop. We balanced 2 Live Crew with Public Enemy. NWA was balanced by Heavy D and the Boyz. Ice T balance by Big Daddy Kane and Rakim! Many of these groups even toured together in those days. There is an unannounced agenda to the playlists that exist at today’s commercial radio stations. Hip Hop’s SOUL is intact…we just need MORE of it played for our children.

"HAS HIP HOP LOST IT'S SOUL???" -Open Letter This past weekend I appeared as a guest on "Street Soldiers" with @LisaEvers which aired on @fox5ny Saturday night and a affiliate Radio Station WQHT #hot97 early Sunday morning. As part of agreeing to be on the show I was asked to write a few paragraphs on the topic 'Has Hip Hop Lost its Soul'. Unfortunately the conversation never really lead down a path where I could make some of the points I wanted to make. I thought i would share with you all the paragraphs I submitted to the show regarding this topic: When I think about the state of today's hip hop I am reminded of Sister Souljah's iconic phrase "We Are At War"! We are at war with ourselves. We realize the importance of hip hop having a place at the table of today's music genres. We feel the need to celebrate today's successful hip hop artists because they are representing our music and culture. At the same time we are torn because when we dissect the prevailing images and messages dominating the forefront, it disturbs us. We know all too well the influence OUR music has on the next generation of young people. We notice the lack of balance in the music and messages being broadcasted to the masses of young influential fans. The SOUL of hip hop has never left. The broadcasting of that SOUL has disappeared from radio and television. The Golden age of hip hop was a truly balanced representation of hip hop. We balanced 2 Live Crew with Public Enemy. NWA was balanced by Heavy D and the Boyz. Ice T balance by Big Daddy Kane and Rakim! Many of these groups even toured together in those days. There is an unannounced agenda to the playlists that exist at today's commercial radio stations. Hip Hop's SOUL is intact…we just need MORE of it played for our children.

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  • Executive

    I’ve been knowing the soul was gone out of the art, this ain’t shocking at all to me.

  • The Wackness Vs Dope

    yal need to go listen to

    Nas – Nothin lasts forever & The Streets – everything is borrowed

  • Obi Won

    Since Big Krit hit the scene, Hip Hop has plenty of Soul in it.

    • yourfavoriteRo

      Word. But people don’t wanna listen to his music. Most people like dumb soul less music

  • People need to realize that you don’t have to listen to the music that is out now. you can listen tot he older stuff too. you don’t have to listen to the radio either. get off that soap box. quite sure someone will have a lengthy rebuttal…

    • Knickfan4life

      Or just do like me I listen to Internet radio and tune out the garbage so I’m happy. listening to blacalicious and the procussions right now.

  • yourfavoriteRo

    Hell yeah Hip Hop lost its soul
    Every once in a while soulful hiphop is promoted but as a whole no soul

  • ursocalledgod

    nuff respect to Ace for this piece. dude makes a good point ive said it over and over. hip hop is still alive and has a soul but you wont hear it on the radio. you have to actually go seek it out. the bullshyt on the radio is for these weak azz 90s babies. radio used to give you the real balanced with some soft shyt now its just all cookie cutter ratchet shyt. these niggaz don’t know if theyre rapping or singing lol real spill.

    • they need different segments during the day/ week. i used to love old school at noon with mister cee on hot97. there needs to be a segment for old school r&b, hiphop etc. i honestly never listened to the radio though.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        then you don’t know what It needs

      • ursocalledgod

        I agree homie.

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  • Fresh

    BEEN lost its soul like hella years ago.

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  • Xxplosive 1

    “And if I choose to ride
    Thuggin’ till the day I die
    Nobody gives a fvck about us
    But when I start to rise
    A hero in they children’s eyes
    Now they give a fvck about us”

  • THISIS50

    Damn right

  • Slaughtr

    I’ve always talked about this since the year 2000 because in my eyes at 44 years old I’ve seen the birth of hip hop and all of it’s changes. Today’s hip hop is not hip hop it is rap music and I say this because not only has the soul and warmth left the integrity has been tarnished. From an age of conscience hip hop to the genius of Outcast seems to exist only behind closed doors and it’s like the culture has been raped and treated like a dead corpse being fcked which I have stated before. Too some I am a pure hip hop extremist and I am so that will never change. When music saved you from the streets, and opened your third eye to what is going on in society you as a person changes for the good. Ignorance, nigga shit, drugs , murder, and lack of lyricism will be the death of this genre. Until real hip hop takes it back from the corporate thieves and payola getting radio DJ’s the game as they call has lost. Anytime people think Drake is great they are sadly mistaken. ghost writing, paying for beats and stamping your name on shyt is spit in the face of artist who sat down and really created their hit or provocative effort. No more are they saying anything everybody thinks an R&B artist is hip hop not so if you sing if you rhyme rhyme.No more soul just fool rap.

  • Markus

    Of course it has lost its soul. And for the artists that are from the 80s,90s and early 2000s,it’s hardest for them to handle today’s music because while they all knew hip hop would evolve, I’m sure what’s popular now is not what they intended it to be.

  • Jack

    just watch Kendrick’s “Untitled” performances if you think hip hop lost it’s soul.

  • killerkm

    you have to consider people’s perception of soul….you have to look at a dichotomy of the people that look at soul food as fried chicken, pork chops etc that may be unannounced to them to clog your arteries…then you have a more aware people that will have a more plant based diet that will actually give you extra years on ya life…to add this up the real soul food is Kendrick, J Cole, Krit, Chance, Gambino, Ab Soul, Jay Rock, Killer Mike, Raz, Mr Motherfuckin Exquire ,Macklemore,Big Sean,Vince, Mick Jenkins and many more then you have a mainstream that will clog up your arteries

  • takin over the carter

    masta ace in da place … he spit that fire still !

  • youngplaya

    We need substance and leaders.. That’s what the music is lacking. Everyone has to say the same shit to seem cool like everyone else. Im waiting for a rapper to say money don’t make ya real or you niggaz sellin crack to your own kind some real fk niggaz. You won’t hear that though. It’s too straight no chaser, no BS bout being a victim and I got to do whatever to survive.