I know this has been reported on the death, but whatever.
I came across this article at All Hip Hop and wanted to toss it out there. Will this historic release date really set the tone for hip hop? Check it:
With a looming 2008 election as a backdrop, with pundits arguing the merit of each as impending victor, the two heavy hitters occupy opposite sides of the spectum musically (politically). 50 represents the right wing. Entrenched as the ruling party with a formidable track record of continual hyper-masculine hits, "Fif" has sold an astonishing 20 million records in just four years. Much closer to hawk than dove 50 never hesitates to wage war via politics or lyrical warfare in order to protect his interests. Let's just say diplomacy isn't his strong suit. Similarly, Young Buck plays diplomatic Condoleeza; willing to work with burgeoning powers (The South) while adhering steadfast to 50's imperialist doctrine.
To the left, to the left, we have Mr. West, metrosexual extraordinaire. While some may say that his sample-laden beats and punchline-powered delivery takes rap back to its essence, Kanye is closer to a departure from traditional Hip-Hop norms. Not occupied with proving how tough he is, or extolling the virtues of the streets or "realism", Ye is more focused on reality...with a sliiight penchant for fashion and outlandish histrionics. Kanye has been a mini movement himself, powering a mini Chicago renaissance with his production and guest spots. He plays underdog to the reigning establishment, carrying the hopes of a Hip-Hop generation tired of the status quo and looking for a change. Kanye represents change in a music that has become spaded and stuck in an evolutionary rut.
Part of me wants to ask is it really that serious? Maybe Kanye and 50 represent two distinct camps of commercial hip hop, but really the debate is over which rapper's album will set the tone for how hip hop will be marketed to the masses. Important shit, most defintiely. I'm gonna take a stand on this one and just go with it: 'Ye all day. The hip hop generation is getting older, and folks want something new. Kanye is that fool bringing in shit that's just different. 50 will sell albums, no doubt, but let's face it: half ass guerilla rappers just ain't the buisness anymore.