This is just a quick opinion piece that I wanted to put together because I haven't used Examiner in the last two years. But 2013 has truly been the year of renewed Hip Hop beef and hurt feelings. Ever since one Kendrick Lamar hit us with his verse on Big Sean's "Control", the flood gates have opened and haven't truly seemed to recede. There have been responses to Kendrick's verse from all over the Hip Hop sphere, from Cassidy and Joe Budden to the most recent one from Meek Mill. And the quality of said diss/response records has been wavering, ranging from "ehhhhh" to "ok, that wasn't half bad". This is honestly something that we should have expected from this set of circumstances. And I am not afraid to say that as a fan I wanted this to be a moment where all of the rappers mentioned on the verse really stepped their game up, giving fans something that they've been craving for a long time: skills. Not to say that the emcees the Mr. Lamar mentioned are NOT skilled, because they all ARE in their own right (Meek Mill, Wale, Drake, Pusha T, J. Cole, Big Sean and more.) It's just that the last few years have seen a lot in the way of too much buddy-buddy type of stuff and not enough genuine competition. And when it comes to emcees beefing with each other, too many times it's not kept to being on wax and gets personal. Still, even with all of that being the case, 2013 has also been one of the better years in Hip Hop in terms of good solid albums being released. But sadly that will probably be overshadowed by what's probably the biggest story of the year in Hip Hop music. Guess you can't win 'em all.
September 12, 2013