Everyone likes a bit of nostalgia, especially HipHop heads. You always hear the phrase "Respect the classics!" which is definitely sound advice. With the advance of streaming platforms and the internet we get constantly flooded with new music and new artists all the time. This is not inherently bad however as someone who truly does love jamming out to the songs that created the soundtrack for my youth I have discovered that there is a myriad of amazing classics that you cannot even find on the majority of popular streaming platforms. Take this song for example:
"OneTwoThree" by Masterminds ft. L-Fudge was constantly played in the soundtrack of my summer in 2000. The song comes off their album "Underground Railroad". Now the group Masterminds was never a big mainstream hit but in the streets for the hardcore HipHop heads they were providing slaps! Which may be why the only place you can find this song is on YouTube. And the channel that provided the song isn't even an official artist page but rather a personal account of a fan of this song in particular.
There are many many other songs with a similar story. Another amazing song from back in the day that isn't anywhere but on YouTube is "Don't Be Mad" by Passion. This song was on "No Limit Records & Mean Green Presents: Major Players Compilation" back in 1998. There were many solid songs on that album but everyone had "Don't Be Mad" on repeat so it baffles me that this song can only be found on a couple random personal YouTube accounts.
This phenomenon of great songs not being found on streaming apps isn't just a HipHop issue though. It plagues all genres. Take the band Metric for example, in 2007 they release an album titled "Grow Up and Blow Away" which was actually their 3rd album. One of the best songs on that work of art was "Torture Me'. The song had a very smooth vibe and sweet melody. I remember that being the song everyone had on repeat when it came out. Yet neither that song nor the entire album can be found anywhere but YouTube.
These are just three examples of this issue. I could go on for days with a multitude of songs from various artists and genres that have seem to fall the the waist side even though they are incredible works of art. But I'll let you do a deep dive on your own as everyone has different tastes in music but I'm sure that regardless of what music genre you enjoy there is still a plethora of songs you hold dear to your heart but cannot seem to find them anywhere. I suggest searching YouTube as that is where I have been able to find most of the music that seems to be hiding away in the dark corners of the internet. But sadly even YouTube doesn't have them all.
As the way we consume music continues to evolve I hope that some way some how there is a way to resurrect all these remarkable hidden gems of the past. As an artist myself it pains me to know there is so much amazing work out there that has just been lost and buried away by the wave of new music consumption innovations and oversaturation of new music and artists. I do truly love discovering new music and new artists but at the same time I feel like the entire music industry really needs to "respect the classics".