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Masta Ace Questions If Hip Hop Has Lost Its Soul In Open Letter (POLL)

MastaAce February 3, 2016 by Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)News.

(AllHipHop News) There have been many debates about the current state of Hip Hop. Some argue the culture has moved too far away from its roots. Others say today's rap music is just a reflection of this generation's approach to Hip Hop. Juice Crew affiliate Masta Ace wrote an open letter asking whether Hip Hop has lost its soul.

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"HAS HIP HOP LOST IT'S SOUL???" – Open Letter This past weekend I appeared as a guest on "Street Soldiers" with @LisaEvers which aired on @fox5ny Saturday night and a affiliate Radio Station WQHT #hot97 early Sunday morning. As part of agreeing to be on the show I was asked to write a few paragraphs on the topic 'Has Hip Hop Lost its Soul'. Unfortunately the conversation never really lead down a path where I could make some of the points I wanted to make. I thought i would share with you all the paragraphs I submitted to the show regarding this topic:

When I think about the state of today's hip hop I am reminded of Sister Souljah's iconic phrase "We Are At War"! We are at war with ourselves. We realize the importance of hip hop having a place at the table of today's music genres. We feel the need to celebrate today's successful hip hop artists because they are representing our music and culture. At the same time we are torn because when we dissect the prevailing images and messages dominating the forefront, it disturbs us. We know all too well the influence OUR music has on the next generation of young people. We notice the lack of balance in the music and messages being broadcasted to the masses of young influential fans. The SOUL of hip hop has never left. The broadcasting of that SOUL has disappeared from radio and television. The Golden age of hip hop was a truly balanced representation of hip hop. We balanced 2 Live Crew with Public Enemy. NWA was balanced by Heavy D and the Boyz. Ice T balance by Big Daddy Kan e and Rakim! Many of these groups even toured together in those days. There is an unannounced agenda to the playlists that exist at today's commercial radio stations. Hip Hop's SOUL is intact…we just need MORE of it played for our children.

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