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Were about to run down some of 2013’s greatest moments in hip-hop
There are those who said there was one trip Jay Z and Beyonce’s shouldn’t have done took this year, and that was take a trip to Cuba. Some Government officials were up in arms over the trip. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was an oppose to the trip saying
“U.S. law clearly bans tourism to Cuba by American citizens because it provides money to a cruel, repressive and murderous regime.” The hip-hop community appreciate it because the furor over the trip gave hip-hop revolutionary verses from Jigga in a new song he made answering his critics called Open Letter. It banged so hard it became a unofficial single.
Speaking of revolution in hip-hop, No one has been able to approach the political power that Public Enemy brought to hip-hop, said the late great Ad Rock of The Beastie Boys in the Rolling Stone Magazine article that ranked Public Enemy as one of the Greatest Artists of All Time, well the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame thought so too, as PE became a 2013 inductee into the Hall. PE consists of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, DJ Lord, and the S1W’s. There induction makes hip-hop’s fourth entrance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other inductees include PE joins the likes hip-hop royalty Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys
This year PE also headlined the successful Kings of the Mic Tour along with Ice Cube, LL Cool J and De La Soul they rocked 10 and 20 thousand seat arenas<Emerald
2013 was a huge year for Sean John Combs, Puff Daddy, P Diddy, or just Diddy as he is being called these days. Forbes estimated Combs’ net worth at $580 million, making him hip hop’s richest figure. Diddy worked even harder and started his own cable TV channel called Revolt.
A moment that put hip-hop up in a blaze in 2013 was Kendrick Lamar’s man handling of the some of the industry’s mainstream artists with what was by most called Kendrick’s “Control” verse on Big Sean’s song “Control”.
The song featured Lamar, and Jay Electronica, but lets be real who remembers anybody but Kendrick on the songs as he lyrically goes in on J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, ASAP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, The Creator, and Mac Miller and had reference to the “King of New York” that many took offense to since he is from Compton,CA. This is the 1st time that a massive amount of artists responded with their own versions the same week, including Lupe Fiasco, Papoose, Joell Ortiz,Cassidy, Riff Raff, Joe Budden, ASAP Ferg, and B.o.B to name a few. Well that’s probably more than a few. Many hoped this would bring lyrics back to rap.
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