Will Hip-Hop Reform After ICE-T’s ‘Art of Rap’ Premiers? One Rapper Doesn’t Think So
(News4us.com) June 15, 2012
As “Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap” premiers nationwide for the next few weeks, critics and skeptics everywhere will be watching.
The Rapper/Actor ICE-T/Reality show celebrity did the movie based on a growing resentment towards modern hip-hop and a lack of lyricism in the mainstream according to his interview with Time Magazine.
Hip-Hop has evolved over the years, but has it been a good evolution, or a deliberate exploitation solely for the monetary gain of the Major Record Labels?
The Art of Rap shows interviews from some of Hip-hops biggest superstars, and gives their story on what rapping is to them, and Hip-hop culture outside of the mainstream.
However, all of the artist in the movie are mainstream artist so there may be a slight biased to the interviews as all of the artist are now living lavish lifestyles and are far removed from the hunger they once had.
Meanwhile, artist like Boy Face, an energetic rap artist that never had a record deal (but has had independent exposure throughout the world) struggles to keep fans (or feed his family) by remaining true to the original essence of Hip-hop.
Boy Face raps about his life experiences on the Westcoast and in NJ/NYC.
Without the monetary benefits of rapping solely about cars, jewelry, and women he has been swept under the music industry rug, and hopes that ICE-T’s new movie will change popular views on what rap truly means (if at all possible).
Hip-Hop has evolved from reporting on struggles in the inner-city to exploiting them as glamorous.
Boy Face hasn’t had the worst inner city experience, but he has seen some ideas of what that looks like having been born in New Orleans, LA., then raised around Gangs in Seattle, Wa., and then moving to Newark, NJ a decade ago.
Boy Face now resides in the suburbs of NJ, but has never forgotten his experiences in the streets, nor the struggles of poverty-stricken areas throughout the world that Hip-Hop was once a conduit to.
Having been Rapping for over 20 years, Boy Face has seen the evolution of Hip-Hop first hand and is elated that ICE-T has produced ‘The ART of Rap’ movie touching on the downfall of a once promising young music genre.
Boy Face has actually met ICE-T on two occasions in NYC.
Both were accidental meetings, but as fate would have it, he and ICE-T now live in the same city in New Jersey.
Boy Face feels that ICE-T’s movie may infuriate label execs, and even anger the new generation of hip-hop listeners that think there is absolutely nothing wrong with the content of today’s rap, but will it reform the content of today’s Hip-Hop?
Boy Face doesn’t think so. Once Hip-Hop became a billion dollar industry, it was looked at as a matured music genre, which made it ripe for corporate “picking”.
Since that time in the late 1990’s, Corporations have exploited Hip-Hop and used up and coming rappers to sell anything and everything from Malt Liquor to Energy drinks.
ICE-T’s own story is a unique one, having been raised in South Central California and seeing the birth of both the crack epidemic and gangster rap.
He caught a lot of backlash for songs like “Colors” and “Cop Killer”, a song he released with his rock band, Body Count.
ICE-T was able to overcome the negative media headlines and re-invent himself in successful movies and the hit TV shows “Law and Order”, and “Ice loves CoCo”, while Boy Face struggles to sell copies of his new album “Think Like A Man” even though it’s available on Itunes.
Some song titles on the album are “President Obama”, “BK Nets”, and “Summer” , and “Detox” (which calls for detoxification from drugs, genocide, and destructive behavior).
His last label meeting held with a well-known label exec ended with questions about whether he was an “official” New York resident, or if he still lived in Seattle instead of focusing on the quality of his music.
Meanwhile, rap artists who display some hint of femininity, sexual un-identity, genocidal behavior and materialism in their music are immediately offered deals upon deals.
There songs are given exposure in blockbuster movies and they blanket the airwaves and TV award shows year after year.
As long as the new generation of Hip-hop fans desire this type of negative rap that glorifies material objects, objectifies women, and considers real-world issues as “boring” or “wack” , Conscience rap, or rap with the original essence Hip-hop stood for will continue to fade.
Whether ICE-T exposes it, or God forbid Tupac’s hologram.
Boy Face “Think Like a Man” album on Itunes:
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
Boy Face on FACEBOOK:
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