OK so my wife and I went to Paris this past December, those that know me know that place was on my bucket list, but before we went, we found out De La Soul would be performing there. What better time to go see them live than in Paris right? Cool! So we go, and as you can see on the photo, 6000 people were there…… 6000!!!!! (That is Redman rocking the crowd by the way) I was in awe because in 2016, one of my favorite rap groups of all time, sold out at a venue in Paris. No big deal right? WRONG!!!! With the music climate the way it is, I was thinking, would De La Soul have 6000 people at a concert here in the states right now? (Something to think about).
The reason I ask is because in other genres of music, the artists have staying power. Meaning the fans deem their music still relevant. People still go out and support their music, pack music venues & stadiums, and they tell their kids about their music and they become fans. You can call their fans, “generational” almost. When it comes to hip-hop, one of the things I hear is, “Oh that’s old people rap” statements like that will drive a wedge between the newer generation and the more seasoned fans and artists in rap. Listen there are some younger fans who listen to old school rap because they don't like it as well. I think it's dope that the younger kids are digging what we grew up on. Look I’m no hater but it seems like our music and only our music is what some may deem "microwavable." The labels want hits but no good, quality albums. Anyway...I could go on & on but what are your thoughts?