The Revival of Hip Hop

For quite some time I was more than convinced Hip Hop was dead. With artists like Lil B, Trinidad James, Soulja Boy, ASAP Rocky, Future, etc. And the list goes on with people who have in my opinion, slipped their way into the realm of what is now considered Hip Hop. I mean have you ever seen Soulja Boy perform one of his songs live? Its pretty critical. He alone, puts Hip Hop into the intensive care unit. The icing on the cake for me is not only the degenerative lyrics glorifying hustling as a way of life (considering almost 80% of men of color are incarcerated for drug crimes), but also they way they have degraded the image of the wom(b)man by making her into an object defined only by her ASSets.

Major recording artist Rick Ross recently received attention for his song “U.O.E.N.O” where he raps “”Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” Although he did “apologize” for the offensive “date-rape” lyrics, these type of lyrics of nothingness are nothing new to the rap game. As a matter of fact I can’t recall a song that’s been made within the past 5 years that’s put the female on a pedestal, yet talk about something positive. One would think the current trending of music is actually not only poison to the melanin rich (My personal term for “black” people.) community, but for our community of youth listening to this type of music as a whole. Music that in the end, will influence they way they behave IN OUR communities. As many can agree, Hip Hop needs a face-lift considering lyrics from the past trump those of the present. Presenting the fact that Hip Hop has not improved!

With my recent discovery of a popular fellow tweeter @echoisthename, drawn to his tweets for his often enlightening comments discussing anything from the current state of the world, changing the way we think, string theory, dark energy matter, and the list goes on. To say the least, he is an “out-of-the-box” type of thinker who’s not afraid to state the truth, and mostly obvious paradox’s we all experience in this thing called “life.” Breaking down the most complex theories in a very simple, easy to comprehend way. And most of all, he makes you think. And if your not thinking you’re Google-ing the topic he was discussing for yourself. Not only is the 26 year young New York bread, (Washington Heights- whoop whoop!) Echo a writer, and thought-provoker who attends Los Angeles Trade & Tech for Biology, and USC for astronomy, but he is also an MC. A good one at that.

Many of his lyrics are reminiscent of an old golden era of Hip Hop, the Hip Hop that actually inspired you, making you bop your head to the hypnotizing beats and lyrics almost without your knowing. One of my favorites titled “Hip Hop High,” laced with an old school beat, with fresh lyrics like “A genius at work, I study my lines. Paralyzing like Drake in Degrassi High, and the girls in my class dress fly. They love the HHH on the jacket. Right.” Also lyrics from one of his latest debuts “Spaced Out“, “Space time. Futuristic guy, spitting physics lines,”  where the drum beat in the song is his heartbeat looped. Something I’m sure has never been done.

The on the rise artist was recently featured on Chris Brown’s official Mechanical Dummy website in an article titled “The Creator,”  by g.King. The article is very enlightening describing Echo’s take on many things most don’t think about, as well as the reason behind his motivation.  In the article, Echo describes his experiences as a youth, and what ultimately put him onto the path of knowledge. “It really started back when I was in my late teens. I was a regular cat and one of the cops messed with me. I got beat up by the police. So I took it upon myself (to get educated).” Not your regular story you’d hear from a “kid in the hood,” who took a negative experience, and used it as fuel into who he has become today. Destined for greatness Echo states “I gotta do this. It’s not even a question of whether or not I can or should or shouldn’t. I have no choice. It’s something in me I can’t even stop.”

To say the least, I believe Echo will soon make his way to the top charts, because at the rate in which the rap game is headed it will no longer be able to sustain itself. We have entered into a time of enlightenment where many are looking to artists like Echo who share something different with the world, in a very revolutionary way. Something that’s not being done in Hip Hop at the moment. It is time for that change, and I believe Echo may be one of the most epic artists to bring that to the table. To quote from his book “Shit I believe in,” he writes “Let’s arrive at a place where we are one with nature, like we once were.” More prolific, he writes “Let’s speak telepathically by opening our minds properly and stop the delinking with poisons, toxins, garbage, pollution, television, harmful medication drugs, divide & conquer tactics, religions, wars, land squabbles.”

Echo speaks to the urge for change many of us are feeling from within. Echo offers a fresh breath of air and enthusiasm. Along with him the world is taking a step towards walking in the path in which peace on earth is a feasible idea. The revival of Hip Hop is here, with artists like Echo who are on a mission to change the world. As the saying goes “Those who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world. Are the ones that do.” Check him out when you get a chance! Join the movement.



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  1. trevinoestrada
    May 09, 2013 @ 17:09:46

    Reblogged this on trevinoestrada's Blog.


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