For years black artists in the UK had to fight to gain recognition for there music, but with the advent of the term "Urban" it seems the fight has been lost.
There is very little/no black British music in the mainstream just this Euro-Pop they call "Urban" that anybody can make.
I'd support any artist making money from there music because it ain't easy, but not at the expense of our musical heritage, culture & traditions or because some numbty at a record label said "...rapping to Euro House tracks is progressive". It's NOT!
For the record, I think the UK is overflowing with talent and sometimes it breaks into the mainstream. It's just sad how much of the young talent in this country will never get the chance to shine.
And...In a time when so many young 'Urban' musicians believe that talent is measured by sales and performing over anything whether you like it or not is cool as long as you can get on the telly, I have to ask "What Happened To Creativity and Originality".
Being unafraid to try new things and the way musical styles meet and merge to create new forms is EXCITING and GOOD. Jumping on bandwagons and giving away your credibility for the illusion of success is not.
I see so many emcees (I won't name any names but you know who i mean) who are such obvious Jay Z (Kanye, Nas, Wu Tang etc...but mostly Jay Z) fans it's embarrassing.
I mean I'm a Jay Z fan myself but i don't dress,act,perform,take pictures,do hand signs or formulate my lyrics so i can sound and look like Jay Z or anybody else. In my day that was called biting...AND WAS A SIN!
Am I hating?.....If you think so you're missing my point, but fuck you anyway.
Like the man said, "Don't Front For Me"...and just to remind you that not all Hip Hop artists in the UK are clones, puppets or clowning jiggerboos, here are a couple new tracks. One by The Peoples Army and one by Mystro
Big Up Mystro, Logic, Azita and all the crew.