Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 10:18 am
The hole that Andre 3K has left in Hip-Hop is a gaping orifice. KanYe West has tried to fill it [ll], but while he might be one of the most talented musicmakers in a generation he doesn’t have the charismatic chops that 3 Stacks brings to the microphone.
Most rappers end up sounding like half-witted pimps who are really being hustled by their own record companies. I’m embarrassed to learn some of the amounts that labels are offering artists for their life’s work. No wonder AnDre Benjamin walked away from Hip-Hop.
I was perusing the iHipHop.competition when I came across a post featuring a track from Curren$y. I was supposed to get up on this dude way back when my homie Ferris Bueller aka FLuxuryB told me to peep his steez. I didn’t know what Curren$y was doing back then and I didn’t really give a fux.
It wasn’t dude’s time then for my ears, but I respect cats that stay on they grizzly no matter who fux with them. What Curren$y did was he stayed busy so that people could catch up to his movement and that is what is happening this time around. I’m not totally on dude’s bandwagon but I could definitely see myself grabbing a seat.
There’s a lane for all kinds of rap music, especially the kind that spits about loving fast cars and faster women. This is what Andre 3K brought out from his lane. This is where Curren$y picks up the torch. The 3 Stacks comparison is not 100% accurate either because Curren$y’s content gets a little more grimy, but the influence is certainly there.
I would argue that AnDre Benjamin is the father of post-millennial rap in as much as Rakim birthed the styles of most golden age emcees. From the attire to the attempts to sing as much as rap you can see a direct vein from AnDre to KanYe to DrayKay (okay, that was a stretch), but add Curren$y to that list now with this Ski Beats produced track – ‘Role Model‘ (Cop The Song)
There’s plenty of people that Curren$y could have chosen to frame a style around. Why not choose the rapper that the game’s been missing?