Hip-hop is not a mature genre. It is not that hard to see that either, too few people talk about things that matter. Too many promote misogyny, drugs, crime, and hate; it is not all that surprising considering that it is highly incentivezed. Who would want to talk about the struggles of relationships when they can get paid more for saying how many chicks they smashed. Who wants to talk about how drugs messed up their friends and family when they could talk about how much money they made from drugs. I’m not saying they can’t talk about these things, but hopefully they talk in a more intelligent and conscious way.
Sho Baraka is one of my favorite artists and I feel like he gets it. On his album Talented Xth, named after a book by W.E.B. DuBois, Sho talks about hard topics. Racism, lust, marital problems, exploitation of blacks, vanity, financial disparity, and toxic culture. The song "Peter Pan" specifically talks about the theme of this article. In that song he talks about when, as a child, he heard a song that said, “You got money put your hands in the air.” As he grows up he still listens to the person who made that song and has him in his top five. It is during college that he realizes the artist who made that has not changed at all since the first song he heard from the dude. The final verse talks about when he is an adult and the dude has not changed his message since the beginning. Much like Eminem, he never evolved or matured.
So how do we change this lack of maturity in hip-hop? Well we need to stop buying albums that only promote worthlessness. To sum up, vote for a more mature hip-hop with your wallet.
“Now I’m a hater because I disapprove of poison.” - Sho Baraka
by Addison Garry