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October 19, 2006
Bill Clinton Killed Hip Hop
by Serena Kim

Everybody loves to say how much they love Bill Clinton, how he's the first black president and so on and so forth. But I learned something about him last night (on Bill Moyers) that might explain why he is inadvertently responsible for the decline of hip hop. Check it out. In 1996, Congress passed a bill that allowed huge record conglomerations like Clear Channel to own several radio stations in any given market, thereby killing local radio stations and beloved hip hop mixshows like the Stretch and Bobbito show and stuff like that. Bill Clinton signed this bill into LAW.

Have you ever noticed how in 1997, hip hop got a whole lot worse? With Puffy and the shiny suits and the same records over and over again. Hip hop went from fun and creative to serious and blinged out and materialistic. It's because this country went from having thriving regional radio stations that reflected an area's heart and soul, to the same syndicated playlists stretching from New York to LA and all the regions in between.

So that's why I say that Bill Clinton killed hip hop.

And then you have Ronald Reagan who made things so miserable in the South Bronx, that it actually gave birth to hip hop culture. Go figure...

Comments

Devans00 says:
10/19/2006, 08:39 PM

The thing is, every region still has it's own hip hop flavor, it's just harder to hear on the radio. Thankfully CD Baby and artist websites helped fill the gap.

Billy Ocean says:
10/19/2006, 08:52 PM

I Never Knew That It's Good 2 See People
Who Are Current With Real Hip Hop Related Stuff.
Sounds Like you're A true Hip-Hop Head
P.e.a.c.e.

jenny says:
10/19/2006, 09:41 PM

EVERTHING IS NICE!!!HAHA

FiftyGrand says:
10/19/2006, 09:44 PM

Its not all Clinton's fault. Artists, record labels and the fans killed hip hop. Like KRS1 said rap and hip hop are not the same. All you hear on the radio is rap b/c people want to snap their fingers and so on. People want to dance to the beat rather than listen to the lyrics. Its a shame that we went from BDP to DTL and from Rakim to Nelly. Then you have record labels backing these people and letting artist like KRS1, Meth and Redman fall through the cracks. The radio play what we request, and the majority of the population want to hear club songs. Thats why I don't listen to the radio and certain artist get no play in my car.

HipHopLuv says:
10/21/2006, 11:56 AM

I think dat its da people who are in da game now who jus got in it dat r messin it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aaron Green says:
10/21/2006, 09:19 PM

Glam-Rap put a serious dent in Hip-Hop.

It wasnt Bill CLinton. No one kille dit but you can say cool hip hop definatly took a hit when all that puffy & mace stuff got big---It sucks and still does If puffy wouldve stayed a producer. But really its teh audience's fault theyre the ones who bougth the albums and settled for teh crappy hip hop theyre the ones who listened to puffy rap and go "thats great". Puffy can't Rap why wont anyone say it? I could rap better than him and I suck. Hes pathetic and he represents all the crap out there. His cheesy style and clothes. Damn It really sucks. I wish the term Glam-Hip Hop would stick so we can assign it to all that kind of hip hop.

Ernie Hilts says:
10/21/2006, 11:50 PM

We must forgive Bill for his error. He did not know the effects of siding with the big business of his time. Hip hop did not die. I see it alive. I see some of it being materialistic; however it touches the same elements, the same issues, the same problems. The roots are still alive, even though we can only see the green leaves at the top. Hip hop is still in the communities, and the roots are spreading. The roots feed the top. It's up to one's self to look past the mass media to see to see the rest of the iceburg. New online stations have stepped up and open up shop. The underground culture will always thrive and grow. Long live Hip Hop.

Matt says:
10/22/2006, 06:25 AM

Bill Clinton is a terrible man.

Pexdiggy says:
10/22/2006, 05:41 PM

Greed killed hiphop not Clinton. Dj's and music directors who take a payola for playing the same 6 wack songs and calling them hot are also to blame. Also, hiphop started under the Ford and Carter administrations- Reagan only added fuel to the fire.

Rachel says:
10/24/2006, 03:58 AM

If Bill Clinton did that to hip hop, he must have done it to every other genre of music as well. However, other forms of music are doing just fine (unless you're saying that the entire music industry went down the toilet), so it is we who made the choice to listen and nod and be the sheep that killed hip hop, not Clinton.

Ronald 'B.Stinger' Savage says:
10/28/2006, 07:39 PM

You must be a republican. NWA killed real hip hop with this stupid so call gangster rap.

Christine says:
10/29/2006, 06:55 PM

It did my heart pure joy to see all those legends, innovatores, in icons be honored, on VH1! I was most estactic to see my idol M.C LYTE be an honoree in a feild where she worked tooth and nails. The ladies did a fabulous job. I'm proud to be born and raised in the hip hop culture, because of those lights that shine in representation of me, and other products of that enviornment. THERE IS NO CULTURE BETTER!!

yo momma is the most ballers show ever!!! says:
11/02/2006, 10:57 AM

Bill C. is da bomb he is a black dee dee dee on the inside so fudge all yall yeah boy bass how low can u go

Jason Cronk says:
11/03/2006, 05:45 PM

First of all: Hip Hop is not dead, dying, or anything like that. It is thriving. Hip hop culture has never been more pervasive in America than it is now. Second: The hip hop culture that began in the South Bronx of the 70's (Ford was president btw, not Reagan) changed much over time. If you want to know who really is responsible for mainstreaming hip hop, MTV is the answer. And this mainstreaming is not necessarily a bad thing. While clothing styles and language are now semi-consistent across the country, each region still has its own flavor. If you look at each individual artist you hear them talking about their hometowns. Eminem talks about trailerparks, Ludacris talks about ATL, etc. etc. And thats how hip hop radio reflects regional heart and soul. You say that Bill Clinton signing a bill that a Republican Congress passed (Which was supposed to allow for growth in the media industry) is the cause for the so called degradation of hip hop. That is an ignorant statement for two reasons. One: You overlook the fact that the record companies decide what we listen to and its always been not as genuine as the underground stuff. Underground will always be more genuine , because those artists are fighting to be heard, while pop music artists are already getting paid and thus they don't have to raise the bar for themselves. Two: Pop music arists (which mainstream rappers in fact are) don't change the sound of music, its the underground guys that the record companies sign that change the landscape. NWA changed rap. Eminem changed rap. Outkast changed rap. They all brought their local flavor to the mainstream table. And even with all the club bangers we hear on the radio, there are still good lyrical rappers out there in pop culture. Please, Serena Kim, spare us the pseudo-intellectual political talk in the future. I'm a political science major studying hip-hop's effects on youth political culture. Step up to this, you bound to get wrecked.

DJ says:
12/21/2006, 02:58 AM

hmm people are confused

quite honestly as a gerne hip hop is at it's finest beats are way better than before ie: dr dre timbaland just blaze 9th wonder nicolay

lyrics yep just fine ie: little brother, jean grae, AZ, Hi-Tek

so hip hop as a whole hasnt died. more like the face of hip hop has been burned, with more clubish music..

Now i cant say i dont like what's on the radio because then i would be lying but there isnt a balence anymore...

Also dance tracks have always been on the radio since hip hop was started and before that so that is not excuse to why hip hop is dead because i remember 2pac dancing like a fool when he was with digital underground and party music was big then, most of you cant look me in the face and say that they didnt like house party or like hearing fresh prince and jazzy jeff.

YOUKILLEDIT says:
02/09/2007, 04:43 PM

THWHO KILLED HIP HOP?? THE SOUTH IS WHO KILLED HIP HOP... THE EAST WAS THE FIRST TO PUT THAT REAL HIP HOP ON THE MAP.. DJS BREAKDANCERS GRAFFITI ARTIST MC'ING WAS ALL HIP HOP AND IS STILL HIP ON ON THE EAST... THEN THE WEST CAME ALONG. SAME SCENARIO.. JUST WITH A MORE GANGSTER TWIST TO IT, BUT THE BRAKERS, GRAFF ARTIST AND DJS WERE STILL VERY MUCH WITH THE HIP HOP MOVEMENT.... THEN U GOT THE SOUTH....DAMNN! THE SOUTH.. WHAT DID THEY BRING TO THE TABLE??? A SHIT LOAD OF GARBAGE TALENTLESS NO SKILL.. NO TRUE MCS.. NO BREAKDANCERS.. WHEN HAVE U HERD OF SOUTH COAST GRAFFITI.. HAHA.. NEVER.. THE DJS IN THE SOUTH ARE AS MUCH RESPONCIBLE FOR HIP HOPS DEATH AS THE WACK ASS ARTIST THEY WERE SPINNING TO.. THEY RAPPED ABOUT GOLD GRILLS.. HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAD STRIP CLUBS.. NO REAL MESSAGE, NO REAL METAPHORS, SO WHY DID IT BECOME SO POPULAR??? I HAVE NO IDEA.. AND THATS WHAT STRIKES ME THE MOST.. WHY WOULD PEOPLE LISTEN TO GARBAGE.. MABEY THE RADIO STATIONS JUST POLLUTED THE AIRWAVES AND FORCED THE MASSES TO LIKE IT.. ILL NEVER KNOW.....

Barbara Joy says:
02/15/2007, 09:54 PM

Till We Get There -

Marv Ellis - on MySpace -
from Eugene, Oregon
the Pacific Northwest
Underwater, Not Underground
that's Jimi Hendrix on My Pen

Hop on My Back -

I'm so excited to hear great hiphop from the Wetlands...

Barbara Joy says:
02/15/2007, 09:58 PM

Oh, yeah - check it out ! also on CDBaby.com

ridnlowstereo says:
05/22/2007, 05:29 AM

look everything runs its course, and the big lables took all these street kids, gave them a producer and made them famous..... it's hip hop's own american idol but it was all done behind the scenes, and the masses ate it up. Now it's has gotten to the point that the public is tired of the same ol thang.... got to any hot club in the country, listen to any hot dj's sets lik DJ AM, DJ Vise, DJ Kevin Scott, DJ RUFFNEK..... it's all multi genre music. If the music industry doesn't figure it out soon home producers are gonna take it all over, any one with abelton, acid, fruity loops, or pro tools will be able to produce and release it online for free or cheap. By the way hip hop killed itself but crunk and snap twisted the knife

Mattnificent of Renton says:
12/04/2008, 11:12 PM

According to your kinda viewpoint, I would say George Bush killed hip hop.

Ever since George Bush was elected presient, THAT is when hip hop went BAD!

There were still great rappers in 1997-2000, but all tha good ones weren't super popular at that time. There were still great mc's when bill clinton was elected.

About the time of 9-11, THAT is when hip hop started dying. There's still some real hip hop nowadays, but it's all underground. But yeah, tha mainstream rap nowadays SUCKS!

This is why I think George Bush killed it.



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