Can you believe that it’s already been twenty years since Snoop Dogg released Doggystyle. That’s right twenty years ago you were rocking your brightly coloured Cross Colours jeans and Ewing sneakers and listening to Gin and Juice for the first time. It feels like yesterday doesn’t it?
1993 was a seminal year for Hip Hop. Some of the most important and innovative music from the genre was released that year. We had Wu Tang’s 36 Chambers, Tribe’s, Midnight Marauders and Digable Planets released Reachin’. Since then Hip Hop seems to have lost its way. We’ve had to deal with the contrived, blinged-out mockery of itself, the music has become.
Don’t get me wrong, some of the finest albums of the genre happened after ’93 (Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star, Nas with Illmatic, The Roots with Things Fall Apart and The Fugees with The Score to name a few), but what made that year so incredible was the sheer volume of innovation and individuality that was on display.
Twenty years on in 2013 it seems Hip Hop has got its groove back. The inventiveness that made us all fall in love with the art form in the first place has returned. This is already looking like another important year for the music.
The Odd Future continue on their left of centre path and will be enthralling us with the likes of Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and Frank Ocean. Clear Soul Forces mark the return of the group dynamic and clever wordplay. Kendrick Lemar who’s been bubbling under for a while is finally killing it and was recently on SNL.
The great thing about this new wave of Hip Hop is that we don’t have to seek it out. It’s seeped into the mainstream and that bodes very well for the future of the genre.
Check out the Dragontapes I’ve uploaded. ’93 til Infinity for a trip down memory lane and Redefinition of Ill, an exciting look of what 2013 has coming.
’93 til Infinity
Redefintion of Ill