In a recent statement, legendary producer Pete Rock expressed his concerns about the current state of Hip Hop, highlighting the detrimental influence of greed on the art form.
Earlier this week, the influential artist shared an interview snippet featuring Erick Sermon discussing the transformation of the genre, asserting that it has become unrecognizable and is “stuck in one place.”
Accompanying the post on Instagram, the 53-year-old New Yorker remarked, “They should change the music to WTF [facepalm emoji] tryna create a narrative that aint working,” the 53-year-old New Yorker captioned his Instagram post.”
“Pile driving the culture straight in the ground. We created real history! idk what da hell they creating today but it damn sure aint history or hip hop thats a fact.”
Pete Rock continued to express his viewpoint, stating, “We lost our integrity chasing the money. The bag as they say has become the problem and the focus point in the culture. Makes it corny when yall make it about money smh [corn emoji].”
“Everyone extra sensitive about opinions smh. Soon as you have an opinion you’re a hater automatically lol. Clown shit [clown emoji] we all out here working to make better music. Why dont try and do the same thing.”
This insightful commentary from Pete Rock sheds light on the artist’s perspective regarding the negative impact of prioritizing financial gains over the artistic essence of Hip Hop.
The current landscape, according to Rock, has deviated from the authentic history and principles of the genre, emphasizing the need for a collective effort to refocus on creating meaningful music.