One problem I have with me being a yung’n in this little game we call hip-hop is when I start talking slick about old timers. People start calling me ignorant, or tell me to I need to get up on my history. The fact is a lot of older rappers who I have tremendous amounts of respect for aren’t making good music. When I state facts people start looking at me sideways. Well for those who haven’t noticed there have been some Old West vs New West tensions as of late. The new westers have accused older rappers of not showing love/cock blocking. The old westers have rebutted saying that no one can put you on but yourself. I think both sides have some points.
This is all relevant because one of the most vocal west coast OG’s has been Ice Cube. Talking a lot of sh*t about how these new west coast artists are whack. Fair enough. Then today his single “I Rep The West” drops. Really? This is the best the so called voice of the west coast has to offer? Is this bad? No. Is it a west coast anthem? Definitely not.
Basically my point is that Cube needs to keep the commentary to himself and stick to making terrible seuqels to Vin Diesel movies. If I feel like listening to some west coast music in 2010 I’ll throw on some Nipsey Hu$$le, Dom Kennedy, Skeme or Pac Div. That being said I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cube’s contributions to hip-hop. These rappers just need to take pointers from those classic rock guys and just tour on the hits/classic material. Who’s asking the Rolling Stones for new music?
Edit: Pac Div rolls through later in the day to help prove my point.