Contest: IPad Giveaway from the Gangster Chronicles.

March 11, 2011 |  by  |  CONTESTS, GIVEAWAYS

So the kind folks at: have decided to giveaway an iPad to one (1) lucky UHTN reader.

The Mission of The Gangster Chronicles collective is to provide to all parties and genres of an adverse Hip Hop culture a comprehensive collection of recorded knowledge, ideas, artistic expression and information in a variety of media (Music, literature, flyers, posters, etc.), including current technology; to assure ease of access to these materials; and to provide forums or other outlets to simulate the awareness and use of these resources. GC will create a welcoming and inspiring environment for individual enlightenment and community enrichment throughout our culture.

Contest Entry Rules: (You need to read this)

  1. Follow: or Facebook
  2. Leave a comment below with what you think is missing in hip hop right now and how you would change it. As well as either your facebook or twitter names. So we can verify your follow.
  3. One comment will be chosen as the winner, and details will be sent to the email they commented with.
  4. The winner will be picked Tuesday March 15th at Noon EST.

Good Luck! This is a big giveaway. Get your comments on!



  1. I think the need for lyricism is missing in hip-hop right now. What is most often being marketed and played on the radio has no substance anymore. Hip-hop used to be about story-telling and being better than the next artist lyrically. Now hip-hop is all about the next big song, when it should be about the next big movement. If we put the substance back into hip-hop, it wouldn’t be so bad to turn on the radio. But as a die hard fan of the culture, my radio will be off & I will continue to search for those artists who are trying to make a name for themselves through their lyrics.

  2. what i believe to be missing from hiphop is creativity that actually sounds good. Sure artists are being creative and branching out or sampling songs from genres of music most of us have never heard, but what happens when they do that and it doesnt sound good? Another thing hiphop is missing is passion. Back in the day, artist would make songs and majority of the songs would show how passionate they are about what they do.Passion and creativity is what can make the music industry and hiphop what it USED to be

  3. I don’t know why everybody thinks hip-hop is missing something like basic elements… It’s not – the ones most of you think would be great rappers are scattered around the world, in different places… Trying to make their way out to the surface. But what every manager/investor wants nowadays seems to be uniqueness in the terms of personality, chances to make money or self established popularity… However, rap has evolved. Think about the Beastie Boys. Now think about The Notorious B.I.G. ( RIP Biggie! ). Good, now think about Kanye west. We’ll miss him soon like we miss Tupac, Biggie now. He will be part of the new “old school”.You certainly get my point. Many of us miss some of the old school types of rappers. That’s good. But we also like diversity. So, the only thing hip-hop is missing right now is investors to stay true to the heart of the game, ready to put self interests aside for talent and perseverance. I hope this gets to as many people as it can as a message, as a shout!

  4. Hip Hop is missing the collective belief in itself that it is capable of having a positive impact inside and outside of the culture. Hip Hop is missing the voice or voices that affirm the positive aspects of the music/culture. Too often the voices we hear are communicating things counterproductive to the positive growth potential Hip Hop can and should be experiencing. There are clear representations and stunning facts to support the idea that what the music and culture have been feeding us (in large part) isn’t healthy and hasn’t been beneficial on the levels we need it to be. Hip Hop is THE force capable of changing the circumstances of the people, places and things that make up Hip Hop culture. It’s a matter of accepting that responsibility and preparing for the challenge of shaping the world as we wish to see it.
    I’m the creator of the #LyricalLesson which is a daily affirmation that comes from Hip Hop lyrics. Words of encouragement, motivation, inspiration…or just a simple life lesson, all from the music we all love. When words are spoken from people we relate to (and/or look up to) they hold a different weight. The #LyricalLesson lets people know that the music does contain worthwhile messages and can/should be used to move us forward, not keep us back. I’m providing people with inspiration using Hip Hop.

  5. What i think is missing from hip hop is the value of the music itself. people don’t hold the genre in high esteem as they use to. which could be one of the reasons why record sales for it are in decline. so what i would do to change that is hold conferences with some of the biggest artists in genre express to their fans why they value it, & the need for their fans to do the same.

  6. What’s missing in hip-hop is faith: faith in the unknown artist, because most people aren’t willing to give an artist a chance without a big name ‘cosign’. Faith in our music as a whole, because we still think we need the support of labels to blow up. Faith in other genres, because hip-hop is too unwilling to experiment at times. Hip-hop doesn’t need much more in the realm of actual content, since there’s pretty much a different type of rapper for every fan out there. What hip-hop needs is a collective faith that can put us past the stereotype of STILL being a passing fad to those that don’t listen, and at the same time allow us to make the music that comes to us, whether it be trap music, ‘conscious’ hip-hop, emo rap, backpack rap, pop rap or whatever genre have you.

  7. Honestly I feel like hip-hop music is lacking not only the lyricism and the realism from all different artists whether they are underground, unsigned or mainstream. I also feel like there is no real backbone within the industry meaning some of the major, well known labels are not truly backing and promoting hip-hop artists like they should. A lot of these labels do not want to promote artists with no buzz. The labels expect artists to beef for promotional reasons except artists now-a-days do not want to beef. The newer artists are not getting the exposure they need plus the physical cd sales are dead no major labels are looking to pick up these artists even if they are talented.


  8. I don’t think hip hop is missing passion, or lyricism, or faith or any of that. I love that there is now space for artists like Kendrick Lamar & Dom Kennedy, and at the same time KRIT, and even those Odd Future kids. Why is it when it that in hip hop, women can only be the girlfriend/wifey/baby’s mother, the actual mom (because rappers love to talk about how they love their mothers), or the video girl/jumpoff; and for female emcees, they can only either be super thugged out masculine women, sex goddesses, or a mother-earth super conscious character? Why isn’t there space for us to be a diverse as men?
    Sorry for the rant, LOL…but to sum up what I think is missing from hip-hop is a diverse representation of women.

    • I made a mistake earlier: Edited version below:
      As a woman who absolutely LOVES hip hop, what i think is missing the most is my voice (or one similar to mines). Hip hop has always been male dominated, but now, more than ever, the woman’s point of view seems to have been relegated to what Nicki Minaj has to say. Yes, there are artists who have been around for a long time like Trina and even Kim and Foxy, but their sexually charged lyrics don’t speak to every woman’s experience. On the flip, we had (yes, had, because I consider her a lost cause) Lauryn Hill- but why does she have to be the end all be all? We have up and coming artists like Ra the MC and Audra the Rapper, but I don’t see them getting much shine compared so some of their less talented male counterparts.
      I don’t think hip hop is missing passion, or lyricism, or faith or any of that. I love that there is now space for artists like Kendrick Lamar & Dom Kennedy, and at the same time KRIT, and even those Odd Future kids. Why is it when it that in hip hop, women can only be the girlfriend/wifey/baby’s mother, the actual mom (because rappers love to talk about how they love their mothers), or the video girl/jumpoff; and for female emcees, they can only either be super thugged out masculine women, sex goddesses, or a mother-earth super conscious character? Why isn’t there space for us to be a diverse as men?
      Sorry for the rant, LOL…but to sum up what I think is missing from hip-hop is a diverse representation of women.


  9. What I believe is missing in hip hop today is BALANCE. Everybody loves to mention how great the 90s was but there was still there share of lame artist who sold records. The only difference from then and today is that for every vanilla ice there was four good rappers being backed by labels. For every up and coming Oj da Juiceman wannabes getting signed there should be three times as many up and coming J.Cole’s. Not everybody is going to care about the art of hip hop , there is always going to be those gimmick artist who come in for their 15 seconds of fame but the thing that needs to change is the labels have to stop chasing after those artist hoping to find the next hot gimmick. The labels have to start getting behind more artist that are actually talented and make quality music. Instead trying to promote the next “Laffy Taffy” artist , try getting behind the next “illmatic” artist. Hip hop has to start focusing more on the quality of the work and less about how much an album sells. Can you tell me how many copies “Reasonable doubt” sold in its first week? Nah me either, thats because it was more about how good your album was and less about how much the album sold. Once Hip hop starts aiming for more classic albums and less gold albums it will be back in great condition. Until then let imma rock out to this new Dom Kennedy mixtape.


  10. Most modern day mc’s are lacking “That Voice”… Voice that really buries itself in your head to the point where you will forever hear that voice when something reminds you of one of their songs. You know like Biggie on ‘Big Poppa’ or Rakim on ‘Don’t Sweat The Technique”. To me, there is a clear difference between an all-time voice and a distinct voice. The two examples I gave were what I call all-time voices. Lil Wayne and Eminem have distinct voices. You can easily tell those two MCs apart from anyone. They could say one word and you would say “Weezy is on this track.” That goes for a lot of other MCs as well. The thing is that their voice is not haunting in the sense that even if they leave hip hop or pass their voice still gives you a chill up your spine. I barely can listen to an entire Eminem CD because of his voice. If Em had a voice on par with KRS-One or Tupac it might go down along side some of the greatest albums of all time. Also, modern day hip-hop is missing that passion that MC’s used to have back in the day. They rapped to be heard and had a purpose… not just for the money.

  11. (post mistake earlier)

    I think that hip hop is missing acceptance of gay people. For a genre of music that has crossed so many boundaries, and reached millions of people around the world, it is hard to imagine that a specific group of people would still be ridiculed in this day and age. Hip hop relies on sampling a lot, and many songs have sampled gay artists, yet, many artists use lyrics that suggest homophobia. There was a time when hip hop wasn’t recognized at the Grammys, now hip hop artists are sometimes the ones with the most nominations during the ceremonies.
    Now I’m not a rapper, but I encourage current hip hop heavyweights to stand up and continue what Kanye started in 2005 by taking a stand against homophobia. This will inspire upcoming rappers to think about the impact they have on the world, and change their tune. After all, hip hop is a major part of the music industry worldwide, and it is unfortunate that gay fans are subjected to those kinds of lyrics.
    -Sheively Buisson (@sheively)

  12. The one (if I had to choose) thing hip hop is missing today is: HEART. New artists don’t seem to rapping – they do it for the money.. the fame.. the lust for women. Everybody talkin’ about the game – don’t even know where the f-ck it came from. What’s worse – they sample songs and give no respect to the original artist. Whenever people go back to the Blues and Jazz – follow the history that it left – and the hip hop game might be grounded again. Until then – let me hear a Black By Popular Demand tape.

  13. There’s nothing wrong with Hip-Hop right now, but one thing that it could use is a new, great producer. The newer bigger name producers right now all obviously are influenced by the generation before them (which isn’t even a bad thing), but I’m looking for the new Neptunes, the new Dilla, the new Timbaland, the new Just Blaze–someone with some unique, crazy sound that can take the genre by storm. Especially now, with all sorts of genres being fused, someone is going to come along and really impress us.

  14. Everybody wants to know what missing in hip hop. I think the answer is faith. Years ago hip hop was not only a music genre, but a lifestyle. Today’s artists lack the faith that they can make a difference. Most are only out for sales, while back then hip hop was all about giving “our people” a voice. From Public Enemy’s Fight the Power to Ice Cube’s Good Day, hip hop was about putting words to what was unable to be said. Our favorite artists were the ones that were the most controversial, the most obscene but that’s what we knew. I was born in the 90s or the R&B era and I can see what’s missing in today’s music. We need music that gives us hope that we are more than that chick that can do it with “No Hands” or that guy with “Pretty Boy Swag”.
    – @jasmine01Renee

  15. to me, what’s missing in hip-hop: the love & the grind. not that any of the “new” artists out now didn’t have to grind to get where they are… but the other 98374892 “rappers” out there haven’t done shit for themselves or their careers.

    literally ANYONE with an internet connection and a mic, whether it be a $400 dollar MXL or a $15 Radio Shack, can record a mixtape. you hear about the good life in the songs, and you see it in the videos… and everybody wants that. but nobody wants to work for it.

    nowadays, people don’t even rap for the love of the game anymore, they just rap cause they think they can make racks on racks on racks… well sorry to break it to you homies, but this rap shit IS work. and if you don’t put in the groundwork before you start building your career, you’re gonna be the next Baby Boy Da Prince. Who???? exactly.

  16. Justin Robinson

    Hip Hop is missing heart and originality. The only thing you see anymore is a game of follow the leader. The art of it is lost. People seem to only associate hip hop with rap music when that is only one element. The remaining elements are noticeably absent and that detracts from the entire essence of what Hip Hop is supposed to be.

    Hip Hop =


    That’s whats missing.


  17. We could go on and on about what Hip Hop is missing and all have a valid or valid points. The one thing I feel is missing is – our voices, there was a time when we as listeners/fans did not buy or support just anything. Hip Hop has a larger following than ever however, this same huge group plays, buys, downloads and simply supports anything with a beat or catch phrase. Once upon a time, if albums, CD singles or CD’s didn’t sale, the artist disappeared now, he or she can still make it because we all in some shape, form or fashion feed on the garbage that is being served by many in the Hip Hop industry. We speak volumes, raise yours!

  18. What we’re missing in Hip Hop? A few years ago, if you were new to the Rap game, you’d only find artists that fit into two stereotypes. A. The gangsta “I’ll pop you in the face while taking your bi#!h” rapper who was “hood as fu**” or B. The rich rapper who only rapped about how much “stuntin'” he’s doing and how much better than you they were. Nowadays we have a little bit more diversity with artists such as Yelawolf, Lil B and the Odd Future gang who bring something new or at least something refreshing to the table but aren’t exactly the best for Hip Hops image. Hip Hop doesn’t get the respect it deserves because of what goes mainstream, songs like “Make It Rain” or “Oh Lets Do It”. Sure these songs are great and all but do you think people who aren’t fans are getting the right view on Hip Hop? Ask any random person on the street what do they think of hip hop and I’m sure they’ll say it’s disrespectful, vulgar music that degrades women and homosexuals and promotes bad traits such as being materialistic, using/selling drugs, racism or disrespectful to women or something quite along those lines. The way to fix this false view people are getting is by trying out my next point, new topics. Why new topics? Because of the media. Radio stations only play certain kinds of songs and I don’t think they’d play a conscious rap or an introspective song, it would bore people but the songs that DO get played just make the artists look like ignorant fools and that view spreads to the genre as a whole. New topics though, there’s MILLIONS of topics but why do we resort to a special few? What are common topics in Hip Hop music? Partying, Drugs, taking someone elses “heaux” & Gangsta. Of course the radio needs hits but honestly, if the Hip Hop as a whole started using different topics, I’m sure it would gain more attention and eventually, it would be played on the radio since it’s of mass interest. Originality is a common problem that’s hard to fix. Like Nas said “No idea’s original, there’s nothin’ new under the sun. It’s never what you do, but how it’s done.” An obvious example of true originality is the Based God himself, Lil B. The man is over-confident but in a different way. He has no problem calling himself a “pretty bit**” because he’s one of the few artists who is so comfortable with themselves that he knows he can say whatever and the fans will be fine with it. We need more artists who are confident enough with themselves to “break the rules”.

    • Artistic freedom is also something that plagues our genre behind the scenes, an obvious example of this is Lupe Fiasco. His lasers album was going to be his Magnum Opus, it was going to be an album with a positive message but also something that will enlighten you. The “Lasers” edit Atlantic released a few days ago however has so many empty, soulless tracks that were MADE for the radios such as I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now that you know he himself didn’t want to even write it that it just communicates a FRAGMENT of the message he wanted to present to the listeners. Tracks like All Black Everything are the ones that survived the edit but the album is like a good movie with plot holes, you have songs such as the aforementioned track which really have a message behind them but then you get tracks such as IDWCRN that really make the album seem near devoid of a real, coherent message. I understand labels can’t leave the whole project up to the artist because you might end up losing many of your investments but they shouldn’t shackle their artists in a way that they barely have any say in their own project. If labels stopped focusing mainly on hits and also gave a bit of attention to what their artists want for their record and allowed them at least a little more freedom, I’m sure both the labels and the artists will be content. Labels are also signing mediocre artists while artists with actual talent at what they do such as Novi Novak and Los are still unsigned, I understand you want hits but a roster full of mediocre artists that have only one hit isn’t exactly a good business choice. Labels should also pay attention to quality music instead of just the next radio jam, that way, the real artists will get the recognition they deserve and so will Hip Hop. Rap is essentially poetry but made into a melody and labels have long forgotten that. Unity in the genre is also something that’s lacking. Artists are saying that beef is a thing of the past yet look at these Lil Kim disses for example. All she’s doing is making herself look bad and the Hip Hop genre itself look bad, how? Because it’s only promoting more conflict. I’m sure if the whole genre came together and actually settled their differences, I’m sure the quality of music would improve, the amount of creativity would sky-rocket with all these different personalities working together and people will actually take Hip Hop as a genre more seriously. if you saw a family bickering all the time, what would you think of them?

      • Right now in the music community Hip Hop is barely considered music because it’s basically the same thing over and over but by different people while other genres such as Rock have many different themes and their fans are more open to the different messages the artists display in their music. Hip Hop is also affected by their fans. Most people hear a song where the artist is rapping about how he misses his girlfriend and are so mentally skewed by the normal topics of music that they say “oh he’s a pu$*y” because some artist said “Real G’s never catch feelings over a woman cause you won’t get paid” or whatever and what does the artist who was criticized do? They change up their sound to something that’s already over used because the so-called “fans” aren’t liking it because of something another artist lead them to believe was correct such as the common materialistic, no feeling topic. If you see something you’re doing isn’t working, what do you do? You stop doing that and try something else but nowadays the “something else” artists do is re-use the style of someone else who’s famous, Drake’s rapping like Big Sean now, topic wise. People should learn that if they don’t like something, they should just not listen to it and that they shouldn’t take to heart everything any artists says and not let their music control their outlook on certain things. This is already pretty long but I’m going to try to skip to the main problem. Substance. As I said before, the popular topics bring empty lyrics with no messages. We need more artists such as Drake, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Atmosphere, Immortal Technique who actually switch up the topics and actually have substance in their lyrics that after you listen, you understand a new concept. Nowadays we believe rapping fast = substance, amazing lyrics but in reality, they’re just saying it fast to make it sound like it’s a lot. Labels also block the artists to have substance in their lyrics, Atlantic didn’t allow Lupe to rap about certain things because they were too “deep”. We need smart people to take the mic instead of those out to make hits. We need more “introspective” rappers like Drake so we can understand that even though we’re men, we still have problems, feelings and flaws like any other human being, we need ‘conscious” rappers such as Talib Kweli and Lupe Fiasco to enlighten the youth of today that spend more time listening to music than reading, we need more “weird-os” such as Lil B so we can laugh at ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously in end, we need more positivity and faith in Hip Hop. Sorry for the long replies but all of this is true.

  19. I think actual musical talent is missing from hip-hop today. There are not many artists out there who can play an instrument or sing and they don’t need to. All they need to do is use pre-recorded beats and autotune the voice. Don’t get me wrong, there are some good songs out there but everything pretty much sounds the same. And in the process, a lot of the passion and emotion gets lost in the technology.

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