A divide has been created over the past couple years, between the traditional hip hop scene, and the current trend of “hipster hop” which I shall refer to it as for the duration of this post.
I will be one to admit that on a whole, the hipster scene is a fake ass fad that will blow through on the short-term, and eventually tail off. However, especially among the crowds that flock to hipster hop shows, it’s clearly visible that younger folk or older trend riders play a false roll of cultural representation to the classic hip hop era. They do this without having any sort of education or even genuine interest about hip hop culture.
Some may defend fashion is simply fashion, and you can’t really critique someone for wanting to be fashionable to fit in. However, when that fashion is clearly a facet of a distinct music and culture, it can really anger those who are a genuine part of the culture.
In some cases, I will give respect to the merging of electro and hip hop, recognizing that early electro formats were after all an influence upon hip hop music in the first place. However, without that clear understanding of what music formats have been an influence, it’s a shallow means of brushing off a core hip hop fan basically in a statement that your hip hop is boring, and ‘my new twist on it is the cool shit’.
In any case, all the hipsters reading this, you’re not hated on until you prove that you’re uneducated. If you can throw on your 80′s gear, but at the same time tell me about Leaders of the New School, K-Solo, and Ultramagnetic Emcees, then you’ll be fine in my book – you deserve the right to play that role.
Cool Kids = doin’ it right
Spank Rock = doin’ it wrong – terrible
I just recently caught the following video series by Mazzi of Brooklyn based S.O.U.L. Purpose, and he does a fairly good job of discussing this issue – not in 100% agreement of all that’s said, but it’s more accurate than it isn’t.