Category: Ideas

[Column] Roundtable: Is Ghostwriting and Co-Writing Acceptable?


Since rap has basically reached pop status, is it acceptable for a rapper in 2015 to have co-writers, ghostwriters, and writing teams just like pop artists? It’s basically accepted in every genre, but rap seems to be different in that way.

There are two sides to the debate:

One side: What matters is what the final product is, and what’s coming out of the speakers. It doesn’t matter who did what, as long as the end result is dope.

The other side: We expect rappers to be authentic, to keep it real, to have skills and showcase them. What’s an emcee without their rhymes?

What do you think? We put it to our writers to discuss. Read the roundtable after the jump.

[Column] Why Drake’s Success Means Nothing for the Rest of the Canadian Hip-Hop Industry

Shot by Drew: Drake (The Come Up Show)

As we begin another year, the state of the Canadian hip-hop industry reminds us of one constant: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Drake may be taking Canadian hip-hop to new heights, but his equally talented peers are, as always, left behind.

Want to hear an American rapper stumble? Ask them who their favourite Canadian hip-hop artists are. I’ll give you a dollar if they can name more than two. I’ll even go double if the first name mentioned isn’t Aubrey Graham himself. I’m not trying to bash Drake here — he’s earned his place as Canada’s biggest rap star — but it begs the question, why haven’t we seen other Canadian hip-hop artists get a share of the spotlight? What’s wrong with the Canadian hip-hop industry? How do we fix it? These are the questions I want answered.

Read the column after the jump.

[News] 50 Cent will shovel your driveway for $100

The reason why I’m posting this is because I find it so interesting to see how Fifty is applying his laws of success to something simple as shoveling snow. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news, New York State and surrounding areas have had a bunch of snow and 50 Cent is certainly making an opportunity for himself.

The quotes below are from Fifty twitter profile.

I got 4 people on one street to agree to my fee after they saw the first job I did. Now I’m looking for employees.

I’m paying 30 dollars and hour I only want 3 workers that 90 dollars and hour but I think we can do all 4 in a hour in a half. Lol.

One is a cute kid he has on a snow suit. So I’m sending him to ring the door bell to ask if we can shovel there snow. Lol.

When you look at his eyes its hard to tell him no. lol then I come to tell them how much they have to pay us. Lol.

This snow moving business is just to see if laws apply to every business. After the first job I got 4 more now I have 3 kid I hired.

[Ideas] THE BLOG: Is The Newest Wave of Hip-Hop Journalists Here To Stay?

Is the blog, the newest wave of hip-hop Journalism, here to stay? And what effect has it had on rap, artistry, and hip-hop music?

by: Kara-Lis Coverdale

Around 2 am outside a Sacramento club, The Mash Up, a young hip-hop promotions-focused blog with a mission to “change promotional marketing and branding in the music industry” and give artists in their local Sacramento a “bigger platform to expose their talents”, captured a fascinating and “candid” (as The Mash Up puts it)  video interview with the opinionated indie emcee Murs.

It’s unclear from the video whether the interviewer was prompting Murs to speak on the current (technologically driven) state of affairs in hip-hop or whether these thoughts were just on the tip of his dreads at the moment, but either way, Murs came out with it, and it came out in a sincere and utter flood that he is a little more than frustrated–disturbed, even–with internet born and thriving “instant journalists and instant rappers”  that have so dramatically  changed the art of hip-hop and hip-hop journalism. I get the feeling he’s not the only one.


[Ideas] Nas Names “Hip-Hop’s Best Lyricists” for Rolling Stone

For the current issue of Rolling Stone, Nas didn’t so much provide a “best lyricists of all time” list as the title circulating the net suggests. Instead, he provided an exclusive list of what he sees as some of the more progressive lyricists; progressive in reference to emcees that continue to shape and cultivate hip-hop as a creative craft rather than settle into old formulas.

“When I said Hip-Hop is dead a few years ago, I felt we’d gotten away from the great wordplay and storytelling,” says Nas…


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