Rah Digga’s “Thank You Hip Hop” Freestyle: A Nostalgic Ode to The Genre’s Legacy

By Edem Latsu Nukafu

As the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the birth of Hip Hop genre, legendary emcee Rah Digga stepped up to the mic to deliver a heartfelt freestyle titled “Thank You Hip Hop.” In this lyrical homage, Rah Digga, the first lady of the Flipmode Squad rap group, pours her gratitude into every verse, reminiscing about the genre that shaped her into the formidable force she is today.

Set against the soulful backdrop of Pusha T’s “Dreaming of the Past,” Rah Digga’s freestyle takes listeners on a journey through the annals of Hip Hop history. With impeccable flow and razor-sharp lyricism, she pays tribute to the pioneers who paved the way, mentioning luminaries such as Queen Latifah, KRS-One, Brand Nubian, and the Wu-Tang Clan.

“Hip Hop, birthed from Civil Rights, mixed with that Run The Jewels, shout out to Killer Mike,” Rah Digga spits passionately, acknowledging the profound impact of the genre on societal narratives. She delves into the educational role of Hip Hop, citing KRS-One’s “Blueprints” as a guide out of wreckage and Chuck D’s teachings about navigating the complexities of truth and misinformation.

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While expressing her admiration for the foundations of Hip Hop, Rah Digga doesn’t shy away from critiquing the current state of the industry. In a poignant moment, she addresses the corporatization of the genre and the questionable contracts that artists navigate. “Corporates ties generating astronomical wealth, I’m like, ‘Nuh-uh, something ain’t right here,’” she observes, highlighting the stark contrast between the roots of Hip Hop and its present commercial landscape.

The freestyle also serves as a platform for Rah Digga to issue a warning to contemporary MCs. In the era of “A.I. rappers,” she questions the authenticity and artistry in a landscape dominated by corporate interests. “Fucked up contracts going on for light years, A.I. rappers now, what is this nightmare?” she challenges, urging the next generation to be vigilant and true to the essence of the art form.

Amidst the lyrical prowess, Rah Digga hints at the possibility of a new solo album, affirming that she’s equipped with incredible beats and a desire to contribute to the movement. She also tantalizingly mentions a Flipmode Squad reunion album teased by Busta Rhymes, promising a sonic treat for fans.

As Rah Digga looks ahead to a busy 2024, her “Thank You Hip Hop” freestyle stands as a testament to the genre’s enduring legacy and her unwavering dedication to its authenticity and evolution.

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