Stop Making Dumb Music: Hip Hop’s Call To Arms

September 5, 2010


  1. penneysound on September 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    i like to make a distinction between entertainment and art. entertainment is baically something to pass the time, something to keep your eyes busy or to tap your foot to. there’s no point going deeper into it, because there is nothing deeper. it’s best enjoyed in groups. for example, when you hang out at a theatre, or a concert, the hanging out is the primary activity, the entertainment is background.

    art on the other hand is a form of communication. it is a message sent from the artist to the observer, a way of saying something in a way that is abstract to some degree. being a one-to-one communication, it does not lend itself to the group experience.

  2. fenix2exe on September 9, 2010 at 7:38 am

    the prob not only is the crap they do today, the prob is the ppl that keeps on buying it, supporting it!!! but that the real prob ppl don’t care about qualuty and mening anymore they all dope up in gangs and sex listenig to the “stickiest” and dumbest music promoting it dumbing more and more ppl is like a black hole that is getting “fill” by stupidity!!!

  3. swollenwarrior on September 8, 2010 at 11:17 am

    It’s sad that the guys like Lil’ Wayne ruin the picture of rap… Every time I hear in the radio the most annoying “rappers” who claim there are REAL and they’ll always be true, I wonder if it’s better to laugh or to cry. I know some psycho-fans of such “artists”… They run away from their reality, they find such rappers as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Evidence and Common annoying and boring… Their are usually famous in their environment, just like their idols who are famous from rapping about money, clothes, cars and bitches… That’s why most of people who don’t listen to rap, hate it.. Because they don’t know its real face. Those 50 Cents and Rick Rosses find fame over respect…

  4. bigbadxandro on September 6, 2010 at 7:32 am


  5. linkinparkforever275 on September 6, 2010 at 7:31 am

    thanks mike!

  6. mercenary18 on September 6, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Hey I’m Casey Mosley and I just started a page on Facebook for Linkin Park’s book, “From the Inside” kuz suprisingly no one else has yet…help me spread the word or jus go on there and talk about how awesome the book is =) feel free to add me too. I’m always looking for more LP fan friends =D

  7. zzaacc on September 6, 2010 at 2:27 am

    hey mike, u heard a while back that chester going to be in saw 7 and i was wondering if anyone else would be trying their luck on the big screen?

    heres a vid to people who havnt seen the saw 7 trailer

  8. dorito82 on September 5, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I don’t see T.I here. Say what you wanna say about him, but not everything he raps about is money, fame, and sex… I’m only going by what I’ve heard on the radio cause I don’t have any of his albums….

  9. zahralp on September 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    its really sad how things are turning out im proud of how music has grown over these 10 years but i’m scared where its headed to i agree with thegluelpfant everythings all about money every things all about the excess music is made for so much more and it started from the heart and the a pure feeling ,now i cant say all of it but MOST of its just crap and for the fame . and the world just doesnt need that …

  10. ammya on September 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    pero claro esta que el rap y el hip hop es lo mejor …. depsues del metal ¬¬

  11. rockford2010 on September 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Wretches And Kings

  12. aninhalp on September 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    whoever said Hip Hop is dead, not yet heard Fort Minor.

  13. CaptainCarl on September 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Is most of Radio Hip-Hop today garbage? Sure, but many of the artists do still say intelligent things. Check out the mix tape circuit, Lil’ Wayne has dropped some incredible lyrics on his mix tapes and on other people’s beats, Check out that No Ceilings. Ludacris dropped some incredible rhymes on the Conjure Cognac Mixtape. If you judge the artists and the music purely by what you hear on FM radio, then you are going to think Hip-Hop is dead. Listen to Dead Prez and turn off that radio, turn off that BS. Dig deeper and you will realize that Hip-Hop isn’t dead, she’s just gotten shy after being mistreated by so many.

  14. cruze711 on September 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Hip-Hop is not dead by any means, that stuff on the radio isnt even hip-hop, its hip-POP. The talented hip-hop artists of today are underground or indie. Mainstream hip-hop is dead and dumb, but artists like atmosphere, murs, living legends, and immortal technique keep true hip-hop alive.

  15. thegluelpfan on September 5, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I’m actually kind of scared when I look into what the world of music has turned into…specifically the hip hop/pop genres.These days it seems like nobody gives a damn what they’re singing about!All that matters is how much money they’re going to get out of this album,this single or whatever.And it really shows in the songs…the soul of the song,the passion in the song is gone.Singing about the same stuff in every jam-drugs,women,cars,guns etc. is not interesting anymore.Actually I guess it’s not interesting only to certain people.Because others keep buying into that stuff…it’s so sad that some musicians no longer have the courage to sing about what they want…

  16. parm1der on September 5, 2010 at 11:15 am

    So true. The thing is there are actually so many great hip-hop artists out there, they just choose to remain underground now, it’s really unlikely for a raw hip-hop album/song to achieve commercial success now because Major Record Labels and A&R’s are totally dominating the market and kinda changing the genre. I see the way forward through fans going out and supporting the artists you like, buying albums and such. Independent labels are the way forward! And the music is there, it’s just underground. And yeah you should work on a new FM project soon, even just a mixtape would be great.

  17. kathyxx on September 5, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Fort Minor taught me that there’s potential in the genre. What makes me sad is that it’s difficult to find artists like that, who rhyme about interesting, heartfelt topics over a quality beat.

  18. Fetus Borat on September 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

    To be honest, if you actually listen to a Lil’ Wayne verse, it’s actually pretty clever. It’s rappers like Rick Ross and Jeezy that sound boring and all about money and cars.

  19. skuzzybono on September 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Yay!!! for good music 🙂

  20. austinlp on September 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

    This is your call to arms as well, Mike. Bring hip-hop back to life with something new from Fort Minor!

  21. Alexandra Nofi on September 5, 2010 at 8:07 am

    What they all said are many of a variety of reasons why I do not listen to modern day American hip hop or rap. If I listen to any rap or hip hop of any kind, it’s usually Linkin Park/Fort Minor related, oldschool, or modern hip hop from Korea artists.

    I think modern day “musicians” forgot what hip hop is, and have practically destroyed a culture which used to be so great. Now it’s just about drugs, bitches, popping caps in asses, big pimpin’, bling, money and fame.

    BTW, there are a lot of fans who have told me that the only rap/hip hop they listen to is Linkin Park. Goes to show just how much people ruined hip hop.

  22. eejhei on September 5, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Fort Minor hip hop is what we need!! FM is reaL taLk..he knows the code..its NOT about tha saLary its aLL bout REALITY and MAKIN SOME NOISE!!

  23. gdeegan on September 5, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Good video. Couldnt of agreed more with it. They should had you on the video. You and Lupe need to do another song. It would be awesome. You and him are my two favorite rappers. A collab with Nas would also be sick.

  24. lplovei on September 5, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Unleaver I couldn’t agree with you more! 3Infinity I agree with you too. People say Lil’ Wayne is the “best rapper in the world” even though he’s not.

  25. jagta on September 5, 2010 at 4:28 am

    It wasn’t about money…YES!

  26. evooba on September 5, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Today’s hip hop and rap kinda sucks actually! There are only a couple of groups that stand out like GBC and your own Fort Minor. So we need the good old stuff to stay on top like Beastie Boys, N.W.A, Cypress Hill and Run DMC because, speaking the truth, they discovered rap!

  27. unleaver on September 5, 2010 at 3:06 am

    we need good hip-hop, so Mike, please make a new FM album )

  28. 3infinity on September 5, 2010 at 2:51 am

    A lot of today’s hip hop sucks, guys like lil wayne, ludacris and other rappers who rap about their clothes and money, expecially when they use autotune!

  29. slowlearner32 on September 5, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Hip-Hop is intellectual,iAgree.
    Mike Shinoda is intelligent,iAgree.
    LP is the beast(lol) band,iAgree.

  30. ebidelson on September 5, 2010 at 2:23 am

    oh hiphop ! great ! no ! yes ! what ? ok lets go
    tanx dude

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