Konvict Muzik co-founder Akon recently talked about what state he thinks hip hop is in and how broken down it's long-standing ability to influence other genres of music. Akon sees hip hop as an undying aspect of music that continues to maintain its stance through the course of time.
"One thing about hip-hop, it'll begin to stand alone, a movement by itself. It was just a hardcore drum beat bass line and that's all you saw. Then, it started to slowly travel into the funk era, and it took over that whole funk era, and that's when the West Coast came and brought that whole vibe to it so it just slowly came in effect at that part of it. Then as you started to realize that the West Coast was being effected by hip-hop and started bringing the whole funk feel to it, back on the East Coast it was completely now starting to be slowly accepted by the Jamaicans, and before you know it the traditional reggae one drop started becoming dancehall, and Jamaicans was really rappin'. It influenced that because dancehall didn't come about until hip-hop. So it ejected itself into that. Then as all that was combined, then it started to become more musical." (All Hip Hop)
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