Dwell of Third Kind
with a very important message
Name the top 5 cities known for creating good Hip Hop....Now if you're being honest with yourself, Baltimore wasn't one of those 5 cities you just listed. Is it because there is a lack of talent here?...not really. Is it because the promotors are making more dough than the artists?...hmmm...Is it because no one is checking for Charm city?....maybe. Or is it because no one is willing to support the next man?...that might be it. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not the most visible artist in the Baltimore Hip Hop scene. I don't make it to many shows and I don't get involved in a lot of the discussions that take place on this board. But when it comes down to fellow artists I respect, making dope music, I'm sure to let everyone know that, "dude is nice" or "these cats are doing their thing".
Support doesn't have to mean being front row at every show, or co-signing every post a person makes on a message board. For some of us, writing rhymes or making dope beats takes up the majority of our time. Maybe that's another reason Baltimore isn't in that top five list. Too many people spend their time feuding online rather than putting a strong effort into making a good song, let alone a decent album. To me its seems like a lot of folks become rock stars before they have even done their third show. Getting gassed off of the local scene, like the 60+ friends you brought to the show were gonna boo you off of the stage...Come on man.
Artists need to be more objective when critiquing themselves. Think outside of yourself, observe your craft as listener rather than creator. Put out a product that everyone can get behind. We all make different types of Hip Hop, you might not enjoy certain forms of Hip Hop as much as you do others and that's fine. But no one can deny, an honest record. You may not bump it in your car, on the way to the club, but no one can deny an honest record.
I respect the local artists who put pride and effort into the music they make. I respect the local artists who strive to support their fellow local artists, however it is that they can. What I can't stand is seeing this stagnation of the Baltimore Hip Hop scene. Support each other. If you respect another artist, SUPPORT THEM! Tell your boys, "so and so is a monster", "this dude is a beast"....spread the word. That's all it takes, just SPREAD THE WORD. Let's make some noise, Baltimore. Stay focused on perfecting your craft instead of dismantling the next man's grind. Lets open doors and stop slamming them on one another. This is it. We are either going to stand together or were gonna fall apart
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