Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is a frequent contributor to Houston Sports and Stuff. He is on to something here. Why not base it in Houston?
By LAMONT MANN
Over the last few years, I have noticed there has been some backlash over Hip Hop artists getting into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. I get it, Rock n Roll would like to see only Rock n Roll. The problem is, Rock has been pumping in so many Rock artists over the years they have to add other genres.
As I watch Rock artists and fans bellyache about Hip Hop in the Rock Hall of Fame, I ask, why not start a Hip Hop Hall of Fame?
Hell, it’s crystal clear, Rock truly doesn’t want Hip Hop and other genres included.
Hip Hop is a major genre and should be able to stand alone. Hip Hop has forty to fifty years of history dating back to 1973.
Don’t beg to be included in an organization who looks down on you, go create your own. Truthfully speaking , there could be a Hip Hop Hall of Fame in existence and if that’s the case, build it up.
If I was a Hip Hop artist nominated for the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, I would probably laugh at the honor. I am not in the business of wanting to be accepted by people who don’t want me.
HIP HOP HALL OF FAME
I think a Hip Hop Hall of Fame could work because it don’t have to be limited to music. The four major tenants of Hip Hop are DJ, Emceeing, Graffiti and B Boys (break dancers). Over the last 20 years or so, the focus has been on Emceeing but in reality, Hip Hop can go multiple ways with a Hip Hop Hall of Fame.
I would love to see a Hip Hop Hall of Fame because I know it would be huge with time.
What really bugs me about Hip Hop in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is they usually only include Emcees . The DJ started Hip Hop and there is little to no emphasis on other parts of Hip Hop.
If you are going to honor Hip Hop, do it right.