Life is cyclical. Actually, everything is i guess.
You’re born, you grow, consume crap, poop, get old, die, rot, convert into the same shit that will grow shit for another life to consume etc.
Music is the same way. Funny how what was considered “New” back in the day is now called “Old School” and soon what you listen to today will be the music old people rock to in the club while your kids sit there pointing and laughing at you.
I find it hard to wrap my head around the fact that the music that i grew up to is now considered old school! Still i understand that especially in Hip Hop, the focus is always on the youngsters coming up with their own movements and interpretation of the art form. FML, i remember ditching school to buy the Doggystyle album haha That shit was on rotation non stop for a good two years at least and now you got people like Vince Staples saying the 90’s were overrated hahaha I understand his point of view and can see why he would say that, again emphasizing that hip hop is for and by the youngsters. Think about this for a second, Drake is someones Tupac. Future is someones R. Kelly. Travis Scott is someones Rza or whatever. Nuts.
So where do our legends fit in all this? Why is it that the Rolling Stones can still get love and respect like they just came out but our own legends get laughed at and blackballed? I don’t have the answer to be completely honest, but that may be something that will change with time, who knows?
Either way, i think it’s important for us to respect where we came from while looking forward to where we want to be. I’m not suggesting that people go back in time and stay there, but i am suggesting that people who love the music take a look at where it came from while simultaneously keep pushing their own interpretation of it.
My group, The Recipe, just dropped our latest project titled, “Throwback to The Future,” on which we re-interpret some of the old school music we grew up on with our own flavor. The process of recording this project was interesting and a new experience all together. We quickly learned that studio time is something that you have to dedicate yourself to if you want to get anywhere in this game. This is twice as important if you dare to touch classic material without making a fool of yourself. We tackled music from Big Daddy Kane, Grand Puba, Lords of the Underground and Ill Al Skratch among a few other classics. Some made the cut, others didn’t and will never see the light of day.
Now that the tape is out and i hope all you hip hop heads out there give it a spin and enjoy it regardless of your age or generation.
A few people have told me how they feel the tape sounds fresh and different!
Crazy how shit is cyclical right?
If my ramblings have made you curious enough to check out the mixtape, please check it out here:
On a side note, Albert Einstein was born before i was so fuck him and his thoughts, they are completely irrelevant to me and society in general. (This was meant to be humorous)