Well, here we are, a whole month into the New Year, and as usual January
was spent catching up on all the music I slept on last year. Normally
the first part of the year is slow when it comes to new stuff, but
hip-hop, with its ever-increasing abundance of releases, is not like
other forms of music. Long gone are the days of a rapper releasing an
album every other year, or at the most, once a year—nowadays, it’s not
uncommon for an artist to drop multiple mixtapes, a collaboration (or
two,) and a lengthy retail album, all within the span of 12 months.
Keeping up with it takes a little more than just an unrelenting love of
the art form; it takes ridiculous, stupefied, dare I say ill-advised dedication. And even then it’s impossible to catch it all. The simple
fact...and I don't have any problem calling this a fact...is that there
are just too many rappers. Being a lifelong fan of rappers, and a
weirdo completionist to boot, this little fact really frustrates the
shit out of me. But still, I plow ahead, doing my best to rack up as
much of it as I can. ...Read the rest of Nathan's gigantic new hip-hop column Too Many Rappers on Scene Point Blank.