A very interesting show that just launched call the 2-Cent Session. The first show was filmed live in Louisiana at Xavier University in front of students and had New Orleans superstar producer Mannie Fresh talking with Lupe Fiasco. The two discussed the state of hip-hop and Lupe touched on various points about the duality of it in regards to the business of it and the culture. He talked about how they affect each other, how they affect the way he makes his music and what major labels do to control it. Lupe shouts out artists like Kendrick Lamar, Blu, Danny Brown and Dee-1 who are using their voice to really talk about issues of substance but haven’t been pushed to a commercial platform to give hip-hop a balance in it’s duality like it had in the 90’s. He raised a very interesting idea when he explained how he sees hip-hop at a crossroads right now where it can further grow or end up being treated the way jazz and blues are now. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think. Do any of you see hip-hop the culture vs hip-hop the business? Or is it all the same to you?