Brooklyn’s own, Joey Bada$$, has teamed up with Tidal and launched the inaugural episode of the 47 Minutes podcast, alongside his co-host Nastee (a longtime sound engineer and mentor.) In this first episode, Joey invites fellow MC’s Vince Staples and Styles P to his couch to discuss Hip-Hop, spirituality, and more!
In the nearly two hour episode, the rap connoisseurs argue their own opinions about the state of Hip-Hop and what it requires to be a “real” MC. The unfiltered conversation was an intense, yet entertaining look into the legacy of Hip-Hop, and its marginalization.
It’s no secret that the relevant style of Hip-Hop has changed over time. From rhyme structure and lyrics to its generational sound, Hip-Hop has become the biggest genre in the world, taking over the Grammys this year. Kendrick Lamar’s socially and politically charged album DAMN. won Best Rap Album but was overlooked for Best Album, overall.
The All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ emphasized that there’s indeed an imbalance within Hip-Hop and that we need to establish sub-genres within it, in order to properly classify rappers and their individual sounds.
“What’s being pushed and publicized (musically) is not that good shit,” he said. “Nothing that’s out is helping the kids. Hip-hop was started to spread messages, decoding messages throughout the community, to spread knowledge and that’s why I say it’s an imbalance.”
Hip-Hop pioneer, Styles P, also expressed his concern for the significant change in the way Hip-Hop has become more of a fad, rather than an actual passion.
“The difference between Hip-Hop and rap is its a young mans sport; it goes from a hobby to a job to a career,” he said. “Hip-Hop is something you walk, you eat, you shit, you breathe; its a culture, its a religion, its a way of thinking. Hip-Hop was a way of self knowledge and reassurance for us.” Styles P explains.
The four men go on to discuss spirituality, and what they believe when it comes to a higher power. Although this podcast is exclusive to Tidal, (where new users can receive a free three-month subscription) you may also check out the first episode below.