Monday, November 16, 2009

Hipster Hip-Hop

Tight Jeans = Tight Rhymes?

So the wise-guys at released an article a while back about hipsters being the end of Western Civilzation. DJ Steve Aoki, one of the most famous hipsters of all, seems to agree somewhat in this interview (youtube). However, some of the best music put out these past few years were written and performed by these "civilization ending hipsters," and it is a culture that embraces music and places their desire for uniqueness in the heart of their music. It is also clear that the hipster style has no boarders and neither does their music. This is a part of what makes it so great because that allows them to work with many artists that play other genres of music or to remix other genres, such as Wale's amazing remix of D.A.N.C.E. Also, Wale's intro to the remix talks about the whole hipster style and trying new things, not only wearing new things like bright-ass shoes and tight pants, but to remix and produce music that many rappers have not even tried. So even if these hipsters are killing Western Civilization they are at the same time saving hip hop and have Nas re-thinking about whether "Hip-Hop is Dead" or not, and here are a few great examples:

Justice ft Wale- W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.

Chiddy Bang ft Sufjan Stevens- All Things Go

Kid Cudi ft MGMT & Ratatat- Pursuit of Happiness

Wiz Khalifa vs Empire of the Sun- The Thrill (Walking on a Dream)

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