It seems like the Godfathers of rap are running out of hard-knock fodder for their gangsta rhyme schemes. Yeah, it’s kinda tough to rap about the streets when your kids have their own shows on MTV (Snoop Dogg’s Fatherhood & Run DMC’s Daddy’s Girls).
Arguably, rap music is rooted in the Blues. Hardship is an essential ingredient to the anthems of the genre.
If you’re hungry for new music, check out Rapper K-Naan originally from the slums of Mogadishu, Somalia.
He grew up listening to American gangsta rap and while respectful of their style and contributions he finds spitting about drive-bys and Bling small stuff compared to missiles and famine:
“Where rocket-propelled grenades are fired around you on a daily … a guy bragging on TV talking about how gangster he is?” K’Naan says. “For us, it’s more a source of entertainment. It’s more like a comedy or something we watch. Say, ‘Oh wow, that’s kind of cute of American gangsters.’ But it isn’t hardcore, it isn’t that bad. Let’s get things in perspective, you know?” – K-Naan