Rap Music has been more relevant this week than like the last 20 plus years. We would tell you it has always been this relevant and just getting its day in the sun. I have almost begun to think that we are picking up where hip hop and rap left off in the ’90s. It is just so difficult for so many people to understand the music and lyrics of the plight of which they know nothing of, and so the interest in these fascinatingly artistic genres has waned over the years. Not this week, but this story focuses it’s attention away from the drama and onto some seriously interesting issues.
But like the Shakespeare of its time, rap music is modern day poetry. It is the stories of mean streets, and no one did gangster rap like N.W.A. in its time. They showed us the rap is an art. And the artisans of forthcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, confirmed to have planned a reunion tour to coincide with the reunion show, with all but Dr. Dre and of course the dearly departed Eazy E on the bill, but Dre was expected to sign on to the concert within some time. That story came to us back in early June.
Now in one of the best weeks in rap music in quite some time, we have heard the possibility of a reunion tour featuring white Detroit rapper Eminem in the place of fallen comrade Eazy. There has been some chatter on the interwebs as to whether or not this is an appropriate fit, but IMO race should have nothing to do with Em’s ability to fill the shoes of Eazy E. Also IMO, maybe slightly sarcastic one, that they replace Eazy with a hologram of Eazy, make things nice and easy. Although the idea was later disputed by reps of both Dr. Dre and Eminem, the idea of this reunion isn’t so far fetched considering the two’s elaborate history and Eminem’s tremendous talents as an MC.
He was also in the news this week for this, for dropping an eight minute freestyle on ‘Sway in the Morning,’ attacking pop culture and current events, its icons like Miley Cyrus and Amanda Bynes, mentioned murderer Aaron Hernandez and perv Anthony Weiner and recently inducted to that club Bill Cosby, Bruce Jenner and Caitlin. Em always be name dropping like crazy, and spitting dark truths and cursing like crazy, ‘rhyming reckless’ like we always have known him to; classic Em. Say what you will about Eminem, but no one can not cry when they watch 8 Mile, nor can they question his freestyling abilities if they have ever bore them witness. Here is the audio from that freestyle.
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