Murder of the Month November 2008

Where are the gatekeepers?

If you listened to DJ Drama’s Dedication 3 he made a comment about the lack of “gate keepers” letting any and everyone into the hip hop game. It’s true, he is right. There used to be a time when hip hop was self sufficient and could filter out the wackness. Skills and integrity ruled. Not anymore. It’s a lot of peoples fault and it starts at the label, the money, the greed and trickles down from there.

Really it’s just money. The labels had/have the money so they get associated with it. You could buy your way through the gate and you still can except that the viable gatekeepers don’t really exist anymore. Radio, media, all made you pay to play but they don’t hold much weight anymore. The power is in the hands of the fan. If you have no fans well then you have no power. It’s very simple.

I think the day of gate keepers making or breaking MCs is long gone. Money put an end to that. Now what’s left you ask? What fills that role, that slot that the gatekeeper occupied? It’s the ushers, like Rapmullet. We’re just common folk among the other fans that although have some influence basically just shine their light on what they feel deserves some shine. Either you like the movie or you don’t. Nothing force fed, no hype…just here it is for you to see and hear. It’s a niche market and will be even more in the future. Your one stop shop websites that encompass all things are dying slow, some don’t even know it but it’s happening even as I type this.

It’s not just websites or blogs that are ushers. It’s DJs too. DJs who have a niche that they own. DJs who cater to and facilitate their tribe (fans) consistently are the best kind of ushers. The days of trying to be all things mixtapes will get you no where fast. You find your niche, you own it and you treat it like gold…you will win.

I’m giving you jewels right now people. It may be somewhat vague but if you have the intelligence to read into it you will get it.

So to answer Drama’s question of “where are the gatekeepers?”. There gone homie, never to be seen or heard from again. The age of the ushers is upon us.

Shout to the one known as Secret Squirrel. A member of the Rapmullet Tribe since ’03/’04. We appreciate you homie. As well as all the other Rapmullet Tribe members.

It’s time to take this shit back in 2009. Get some fresh batteries for your flash lights as we “usher” in a new age for Hip Hop music.

Crown City’s The Mobb | December 3, 2008 3:06 AM


DJ Nice | December 3, 2008 5:21 AM

True indeed …

OH MY!!!!!!!!!!! | December 3, 2008 8:39 AM

powerful words Chew.

Tapemasta | December 3, 2008 7:26 PM

I got to agreed 110% & let’s hope dj’s & the fans/listeners of mixtapes will take heed to these words..Too much valuable info going right over your heads…

checkmate | December 3, 2008 9:23 PM

get in where you fit in, or remain broke and unheard. period. we can bitch and complain all day about wack dudes gettin on…to what? THE RAP “GAME”

Mr.Scorsese replied to comment from checkmate | December 3, 2008 9:55 PM

Check your missing the whole point….

But anyway good read, and good writing by Chew..

GB | December 3, 2008 10:03 PM

Chew drops a gem as always

SIX6 | December 3, 2008 10:52 PM

good read chewbacca

Chew | December 3, 2008 11:58 PM

I appreciate the comments everyone

LevarMTM | December 4, 2008 9:55 AM

Good read. Def. dropping some substance.

Kim Ellis | December 17, 2008 1:20 PM

“If you have no fans well then you have no power.” – Enough said!

There are no Gate Keepers, indeed. Good write up Chew as always.