Love & Hip-Hop

Ok, so this isn’t a commentary on the popular reality drama Love & Hip-Hop that shows on VH1.  To be honest, i can’t watch more than two minutes of that show without shaking my head in disgust and changing the channel.  Na this is a blog dedicated to my love of hip hop.  In a sense i feel like hip hop has raised me, it has been a source of information and education as i’ve progressed through life.  I first fell in love with hip hop music back in 2001 with Nas’s album Stillmatic.  Up until this point i listened to whatever the radio played and was amused by whatever had a catchy tune.  Thank god for Nas’s song “One Mic” or else Shaggy’s popular song at the time “It wasn’t me” would be one of the songs that molded my adolescence. With Nas, i learned to pay attention to lyrics and appreciate the complexity that it takes to tell a story, rhyme, and keep rhythm to a beat.  To this day Nas remains my favorite Mc because of his intense story telling and skillful lyrical capabilities.

Hip-Hop music has many different genres within itself, theres conscious rap, rap about love, rap about the hard times, party rap, christian rap, rock n roll rap, basically theres hip hop for whatever possible human emotion you could be feeling.  Because individuals who are rapping are telling their story and the story of their peers, they take the emotions of their situations and turn it into art by finding the words and music to convey these situations.

This is a blog dedicated to my love of hip-hop and others who share that same passion.  I want to share with others hip hop from the past that has gained dust on the shelves and been pushed to the side by the new products of hip hop that continuously flood the scene, changing and evolving hip-hop.  Because to appreciate hip-hop fully, you have to appreciate and be mindful of its past.

That being said, we live in a society that is all about the now.  And now, hip-hop is different, it is deeply intertwined in America’s culture becoming more and more popular by the day.  So new artist, new music, and new styles will be updated on this blog as well.

Because of hip-hop’s continuing popularity and ongoing growth, more and more people are becoming involved the music, from artists to producers, photographers to video producers.  So one of my main focuses with this blog will be to give up and coming artists and the like, a platform to share their material.  From high school to college students, and those just looking to share their life and experiences, many people are shooting their shot at breaking out and being heard.  When you check out the site and see an artist u don’t know, don’t just past them by to check out the new song by the artist you already know, give the guys a chance, and who knows, they might just being saying the same thing you’re feeling.

Thats another reason i love hip hop, its available to everybody.  Its a way of sharing our culture with one another, our lives, our experiences.  What we like, what we don’t like.  And thats what CloudyHipHop is all about, so check it out.  If you got music of your own feel free to post it, or holler at me and we can get together and make something happen.  Show people your love for hip hop and maybe people will fall in love with you, or your music that is.



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