Do you remember when rap city was dope? If so, then you really know what “dope” means. This is because Hip Hop music, also called Rap, was birthed from a visceral counter-culture in the late 20th century. Taking off on the late 70s and growing momentum in the late 80s, rap music started becoming some of the top hits in North American popularity hit lists. Icons like 2pac and Notorious B.I.G. are just some examples of this.
By the time 1994 rolled around, popular rap music was still being conducted by actual MCs from the streets. But as hype increased and businesses started to dominate the market, big companies increasingly began to put their big budgets toward producing who ever they thought had talent, whether or not the artist was really part of the counter-culture from the streets.
After 1994 the sound of Hip Hop began to change dramatically as music-producing companies who had no idea what sounded good to the real people on the street began to pump out commercial albums for the sake of profit.
This is when you begin to see many wack rappers on MTV.
This is why we say “when rap city was dope!”