Mikkey takes some time out to explain the lyrics of “Exorcist”. I wish more rappers would take the time to do this. Less confusion, less barbershop talk.
First of all, I wanna say thanks to all those who have supported the release of my first official single “Exorcist” produced by No ID. As I read the comments on the blogs and sites, I see that a lot of people think I was taking personal shots at certain rappers…but let me take the time to put those rumors to rest. Exorcist isn’t about anyone personally. It’s about hip-hop as a whole.
I feel that before hip-hop was concerned with validation from Radio and Awards Shows it was in a much purer form. I feel like the internet boom and all of the sites and blogs are helping to give dope artists a platform to restore the balance. Yet and still, it’s uneven.
Think about it, in a landscape where labels hold radio spins so sacred, how can the Tribe Called Quest’s and Ice Cube’s of today be heard on a national mainstream level? Imagine if hip-hop was in the state that it’s in now back during Hip-hop’s golden years.
Would Ice Cube and NWA have gotten deals? What about Nas? Would they have said Illmatic didn’t have a radio record with legs? Would Tribe have got signed? X-Clan? Would the label ask Public Enemy to give them a radio smash? Would the we have gotten to know about and enjoy Black Moon, Lord Finesse and Big L? What if a young Common Sense was trying to get signed in today’s hip-hop climate? Would he get a deal, or would he be told that he needed a hit? I think you get my point.
Hip-hop never need validation from the establishment to be dope. Remember when only hip-hop like Mc Hammer and Young Mc were winning Grammys? How many grammys did GangStarr win? Did we care? We knew Gangstarr was light years better than Young Mc, right?
I’m happy that hip-hop has grown and song’s like Jay-Z’s “DOA” produced by my buddy No ID can take home the hardware now. But as a whole, are the new Public Enemies and NWA’s of the world being lost in the label shuffle? What do you think?
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Pardon Me Duke » Blog Archive » Video: “Exorcist” – Mikkey Halsted Says:
April 22nd, 2011 at 8:09 pm
[...] quoting scripture and rebuking the devil but to each his own. I think we have to take Mikkey’sexplanation for what it was and the visuals for what they are. Alone the visuals are on par, if not better than [...]