Is Hip-Hop Really Dead?
Recording executives are more interested in turning a quick buck than
nurturing rap culture — and they are behind the apparent demise of
Hip-hop icon Nas made the provocative statement, “Hip-hop is dead,’’
in September and set off a firestorm of controversy. It was
intensified by the January release of his album bearing the same
Many questioned why Nas would say hip-hop — a worldwide phenomenon
that has generated billions of dollars — could be “dead.’’ After all,
more hip-hop albums are being released then ever before, and the
music’s influence extends to movies, corporate marketing and theater.
That it’s dead seems absurd — until you realize Nas was looking
beneath the surface.