From The Sound Live:
Public Enemy’s Flava Flav is spekaing out this morning about what he considers “Real” Hip Hop. Surely, he was present and relevant in the height of Hip Hop, what most older folks refer to as the ‘Golden Age’ of Hip Hop. He also is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame so what he says carries some weight within the Hip Hop Community and the 50+ Y/O rapper says that Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and other big rap stars are not real hip hop.
Public Enemy performed over the weekend at Kendal Calling Music Festival where Flav spoke with Gigwise back stage where he made those comments about the state of Hip Hop.
“I think the element of hip hop left when rap music started being created on a slow tempo, ” Flav said, “And it just stayed there for years , you know what I’m saying?”
Flav added, ” Right now, alot of rap music is being created at very low tempos. There’s no more of that ‘ Wave your hands in the air like you jsut don’t care , everybody say ho!’ – you know that Hip- Hop , something that makes you wanna get out there and breakdance. Rap music has lost that element right now.”
Chuck D offered his opinion saying that rap does need to diversify itself and cover all aspects of life.