Like with everything in the world there is good in it and bad. Hip hop started out as a platform for the poor people to be heard. Once it drew the masses then the Money Hungry Industry found a way to take it over but make it seem as if it was for the people that were the artists and producers in this newly popular music. Hip Hop quickly became the only music to cross all barriers because there were no rules to it. It wasn't held down by this type of beat or this sound. There was no restriction on being a musician or having a band. There was no restriction on age or how much money you had, Nobody had to fill out no applications and then..... The Industry took it over.
Hip Hop has changed not because of the music, If you remember Hip Hop had no restrictions, but because the Industry changed Peoples views on Hip Hop. Hip Hop went from being all inclusive to now if you aren't from here or your not this old or you don't wear this or you don't drive that or ... you get the picture. Hip Hop is the story of my life, your life, his life, her life and everyone's life. I grew up in the hood but had different experiences than my home boy down the street. Both my parents were there but his dad wasn't in his life. My parents both worked for us to barely make it living next to the projects because they made a little too much to get stamps. His mom worked a little and assistance from stamps and living in the projects helped them to barely make it. We both ended up doing whatever to get money cause we needed it. We have similar but different stories. This is what Hip Hop is all about.
I know Hip Hop was started in NY in the inner cities but the thing that gets overlooked is that the same problems that helped start it there, existed everywhere! Hip Hop was a way to release the pain without crying, a way to be rebel without going to jail and it was all we could own without money or permission. Now the Industry has it where Artists have to be a certain way and from a certain place to make it or that's what people believe.
Hip Hop is everyone! Hip Hop should Unite us. I Am Hip Hop!!! and so are You!