(AllHipHop News) Long Beach native Kxng Crooked is ready to return with his latest music project. The Slaughterhouse member partnered with Statik Selektah for the collaborative album Statik KXNG which is set to drop this Friday. The LP is an unabashed collection of lyrical Hip Hop cuts, and Crooked would like to see the culture shine more light on rappers with bars.
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In an interview with AllHipHop.com, Crooked spoke about his appreciation for the original elements of Hip Hop – emceeing, b-boying, DJing, and graffiti. He also took issue with entertainers that only use rap music as just an outlet to get wealthy and not as a form of artistic expression.
“I hate when people say ‘I’m not a rapper’ or ‘I’m just a street dude with a talent.’ Well, if you’re not a rapper then get the f*ck out of Hip Hop,” says Crooked. “I won’t compromise those things I believe in and stand for when I’m making music, even to my own detriment sometimes. But it is what it is. I’m not going to do it.”
There have been a lot of critics of modern rap. One of those critiques is that the content of much of today’s mainstream music is not as thought provoking or constructive as it once was in the past. In Crooked’s eyes, supporting “wack” songs is causing a perpetual breakdown of exceptional Hip Hop music.
“I do believe in focusing on the positive. I don’t like being the bearer of bad news. But guess what? It’s a lot of wack sh*t that’s going to spawn new wack sh*t, because the kids listening to the wack sh*t thinks this is the way to craft his own sh*t,” states Crooked. “So now I’m listening to 16 and 17 year olds’ Soundcloud pages, and they sound wack. It’s a domino effect that needs to be stopped.”
The California representative also adds, “At the end of the day, artists are supposed to have some sort of voice, and the music is supposed to reflect the times. So when you have all these protests over kids getting killed by police officers, the terrorism, and all this sh*t going on, and none of the Hip Hop music reflects the times – if you put it in a time capsule, no one would know what the f*ck was going on in 2015-2016.”