Each individual has their own taste in music and that’s fine. What I will be talking about is how I feel about the quality of Hip-Hop/Rap music today.
I feel, *notice that I said that “I FEEL”* that at least 65% of today’s Hip-Hop/Rap music has no clear content, beats are of poor quality and the artist isn’t really who they claim to be. Yeah, I get it, it’s entertainment, but there has to be some sort of line of integrity. Especially when it pertains to you’re character and the person you’re portraying to the rest of the world. Before you get bored and I lose you let me talk about those 3 categories I mentioned above. They are: no clear content, beats are of poor quality and the artist isn’t really who they claim to be.
No clear content. Lyrics make no damn sense. (If your favorite rapper is the target of my example, don’t worry, it’s just MY opinion. It’s not that serious).
“I done did a lot of s**t just to live this here lifestyle
We came straight from the bottom to the top, my lifestyle
N***a livin’ life like a beginner and this only the beginnin’
I’m on the top of the mountain, puffin’ on clouds and n****s still beginnin’.
Million 5 on a Visa card
Hundred bands still look like the fu***n’ tires
N***a servin’ great white like I’m feedin’ sharks
I won’t do nothin’ with the b***h, she can’t even get me high
Somethin’ wrong with the p***y
Even though I ain’t gon’ hit it, I’m a still make sure that she douche it
‘Cause with me and my rally, only caught up like that, no way
We ain’t got time to go see doctors, J
(Who said money?)
Hop up in my bed full of forty b*****s and yawnin’
Hey, think this a show b***h you performin’
I do this s**t for my daughters and all my sons, b***h
I’m a run up them bands, I’ll take out their funds, b***h
I got a moms b***h, she got a moms b***h
I got sisters and brothers to feed
I ain’t goin’ out like no idiot, I’m a OG.”
I’m not going to dissect these lyrics. I’ll let you do that. I feel the only thing this individual was talking about was f*****g bitches and selling drugs. How can you present a positive message and ask the rest of the world to change when you’re talking about this? Again, I understand it’s entertainment, but let’s do something new and change the topic. Let’s talk about kids graduating from high school, going to college getting a degree. Talk about how you were headed down the wrong path, but made a change for the positive. Guess What? The masses don’t want to hear that. Why? You can’t shake your ass to positive music and music that uplifts people. You can, but the masses don’t want to.
Beats are of poor quality. When I think of quality beats I think of Dr. Dre, Don Michael Jr. AKA Traxx Trigga, shit, when Diddy/Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Puffy was doing his thing back in the day he was producing some heata’s! Now that the masses have access to programs like AcidPro, Fruity Loops, iStudio, etc. they feel they an arrange all kinds of sounds together and in any way and think it’s going to sound good. Example: Hot N***a, produced by Jahlil Beats. He has some decent beats, but that one in particular I feel was not taken seriously. It’s crazy, but this is only my opinion. I also feel that beats of poor quality goes hand in hand with songs with no clear content.
The artist isn’t really who they claim to be. Nowadays for some reason it’s cool to be in a gang. It’s okay to talk slick over social media. It’s okay to hit women. When an artist portrays that image they’re going to be individuals watching and thinking that’s the blueprint for that individual to open the door for himself/herself to make it in the entertainment industry. There’s no way for a consumer to “G-Check” every artist claiming to be apart of that life, because the individual has surrounded themselves with people that actually live that life. Whatever life that artist is trying to portray, they are surrounded by individuals that do what it is they are trying to portray. Is it right? No, but it happens. It’s impossible to vet every artist.
Good music is out there, you have to look past the bullshit and find it. We have become numb to good music so we accept whatever is played on radio and television. Is all of it bad? NO! But a very large percentage of it falls in the 3 categories I mentioned above. What people don’t realize is that we as consumers can make the change. An artist doesn’t make money unless WE are buying. Let’s make a change people. It won’t happen over night, but slowly and surely we turn that 65% into zero.
That’s my piece. Don’t take this as gospel, because I know there is someone out there that thinks I’m wrong as hell. It’s supposed to be that way. We all are not alike. Enjoy and comment.