Damn, this brings back memories!
I think we can all agree that Hip Hop is pretty much a joke right now. What started out as one of the biggest American cultural movements since Jazz has spent the last ten years or more decomposing into a parody of itself. What was once industrious and varied has become boring and repetitious. Hip Hop as a movement and an art form is decaying and dying before our eyes.
In my opinion the greatest era of Hip Hop was 1984 – 1995. It’s not that what came before 1984 was not great, or that there haven’t been a few bright spots since 1995, but as far a consistent level of talented and diverse artists nothing comes close to those years. It was also a time that seemed devoid of all the violence that goes hand and hand with Hip Hop now. If there was violence in those days it was usually addressed in a negative light by the top artists of the genre (see Self Destruction). In this modern Hip Hop era it seems violence not only tolerated but also encouraged. I would like to see a movement back to the more artistic era of Hip Hop but I realize that has to come in small steps.
To jump-start this idea I’ve compiled a list of the ten Hip Hop words or sayings I would love to see a come back into the vernacular. Language says a lot about a person or a cultural movement and these terms helped define Hip Hop when it was at its zenith. Read along, discuss and add your own words or sayings if you want to.
10. Vic: This was a term that meant to steal from somebody. It doesn’t make a lot of sense but it has a great ring to it and you really get the idea of what it means. “Yo they vicked by sneakers” or “I’m gonna vic that wallet”. Granted it’s not a friendly term but it’s effective and paints a great picture.
09. Fly: If something was really good, really cool or a girl was really pretty it/she was “Fly”. I loved this term because it gave the idea that something was so cool it was above us all, in the sky looking down at us. It’s a lot more interesting of a term than “Hot” or “Tight” which lacks any real originality or punch to it. It was also a term for women involved in Hip Hop termed “Fly Girls”. For more on that check out the Boogie Boys song “Fly Girl”. Read more…