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I've got a problem
So I’ve been thinking about something, and I really hope I’m just being a stupid fuck, and somebody can slap me out of it, but I feel like most hip-hop music, isn’t actually about music.
Now this isn’t a rant about how the quality oh hip-hop has dipped or any of that kind of bullshit. In fact this is something I believe has been with hip-hop since it’s birth. The problem is that I feel like hip-hop is less about music, and more about representing a culture, which in and of it’s self is not a bad thing, but I feel like it’s led to this slump in the current age of hip-hop.
If we make music to solely represent a culture you no longer factor the music on how “good” it is. Technique, innovation, “hard work” does don’t get factored in much (There are quotations around a few words cause they’re pretty subjective.)
When these things are no longer factored you don’t have to worry about the quality of the music, all that matters is that it really connects with the people it’s for. Right now we’re in a period of hip-hop where a lot of people don’t want a lot of technical music, they want to hear shit they can play as a soundtrack for their life, and most mainstream hip-hop fans are fucking idiots (jklolnr)
But, so what you say, if people want music that makes them happy more power to them. There’s only one problem with this whole thing. This “stupid as fuck” music makes more than a few dollars, enough that a “stupid as fuck” rapper/producer can live off of it. Everybody wants money, this kind of music makes money, everyone wants to make this kind of music. That happens and now we end up with a market saturated with people like this guy.
Not to knock Lil B or his music, but I just feel like he’s a parody of hip-hop and he’s knowingly trolling all of us. He just might be a fucking genius
Like I said before however, this has always been the way hip-hop is. So what gives me, a punk ass 18 year old who couldn’t tell you the difference between DJ Premier and Pete Rock, the right to bitch about something that was going strong before I was even a thought? What gives me the right to bitch about the classic hip-hop formula, the one that got me interested in hip-hop to even begin with? The shit I fell in love with?
Nothing much, ‘cept I have a blog. Shitty one sure, but I still have one, and before I’m a hip-hop head, I’m a musician, a “music head” if you will and I will like my hip-hop to be a little more musically matured, from time to time. That being said I love hip-hop, I love it for what it is, and what it is, is everything I just finished bashing. It’s some food for thought though, what if hip-hop was a bit more musically matured? I think it’s heading in that direction, the sampling is getting more complex, and there are more trained musicians becoming producers.
And he’s leading the way
Sole Grunt - 'The Whackness' Mixtape
I got a message from a guy called Sole Grunt, who is in a rap group called Ragnarok. According to their Bandcamp account,
“Ragnarok, as Sentry puts it, “is a group of some dope ass teens”. Comprised of rappers Sentry and Me3, and producer/rapper Sole Grunt; Ragnarok is an ambitious young group looking to bring drastic changes to the music world.”
This song was created by my talented boyfriend Sole Grunt. In the earlier stages of our relationship, I found myself falling in love with him not only because he was a great guy but because he made beautiful music ie; Warmth. I loved this song so much. I’m posting this up here to share, because hopefully you all will enjoy Warmth as much as me. Not only is this song beautiful, it’s also soothing to both the ears but the soul.
If you’re looking for a good new hip-hop artist, check this song out.