Biting Beats

Is it just me, or does Will Smith's new single, "Switch", sound remarkably like "Crabbuckit" by K-Os?

It wouldn't be the first time an American hip-hop act ripped-off K-Os (or other Canadian artists, for that matter). Check out the bridge in Missy Elliott's "I'm Really Hot". Timbaland lifts the beats directly from "Superstarr, Pt. Zero" without even trying to alter it.

It's boring-as-hell to turn on the TV and see lazy, mainstream American rappers/producers biting styles and recycling the same song over and over. Meanwhile, Canadian artists receive little exposure for making real hip-hop, expanding the genre and writing intelligent rhymes.

Is it too much to ask the listening audience to open their ears and seek out quality music?

Maybe it is. Perhaps America, in the current political climate, can't handle conscious hip-hop. It would make them think too much. Instead, they prefer it watered-down... like their beer.

She said 'No, no, I just don't listen
That stuff on the radio is not to transmission.
Same beat, same lyrics, same song
I listen to my old school tapes to get it on.'

- K-Os, "Neutroniks"