Like it or not, rappers like Iggy Azalea and Drake are topping charts and dominating conversations about hip hop.
For many fans and artists, pop-hop albums, like Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic, represent the genre to mainstream audiences. And many find that disheartening.
The rise of pop-hop has hip hop purists mourning the state of the genre and claiming the end is nigh. Nas’s song “Hip Hop is Dead” seems as relevant today as it did in 2008.But is hip hop really close to death?