I know it’s been said but how much creativity do you hear in mainstream music anyway. I think with Rap music if it isn’t “smart” then people are inclined to hate on it. And “smart” rap music isn’t always palatable for everyone. It’s remarkable that the genre is as popular as it is because it’s inherently cultural, and it varies wildly from different parts of the country. There are some bands out there that are fun to listen to but are in no way deep and don’t have great lyrics but we listen to them because they are fun and no one thinks twice about it. With rap music if you listen to something that’s just for fun it’s hated and no one sees a reason for it.
There’s a reason Kanye is around. He’s amazing. He’s done more for mainstream rap music than anyone has in I don’t know how long. He’s stepped the game up so far. There’s a reason Lil Wayne is around. He’s not talented as a rapper and he’s ugly as sin itself, but he has interesting enough word play and there’s no denying his stuff sounds great riding down the highway. Jeezy is the best mediocre rapper we’ve ever seen. He does his thing and he does it well.
Keith Urban isn’t some prolific lyricists and I saw him in concert. He’s just good. but that’s okay. He’s allowed to just be good. My Chemical Romance, Fall out Boy, Panic at the Disco. They’re not so hot, but they’re allowed to exist. People hear it and it’s catchy and they listen to it without hate. Maybe those aren’t good examples because a lot of people don’t like them. But I don’t think there’s the repugnance that they even exist, and I think it’s because people think they’re more talented than rappers.
People understand the difference between the deftones, rage, tool,
korn, and faith no more. They don’t see that Kanye, Jay-Z, T.I., Nas,
Outkast, and The Roots are all different. They just see them as rappers
or rap groups. And rappers can’t possibly be as talented as people in
bands because bands play music and rappers just talk. A lot of people
have tried to play drums or pick up a guitar and it’s hard to them so
people that can do it are way talented. everyone can talk. No one
dabbles in creating samples, laying out beats, creating a nice hook, or
rapping at all. There’s a general lack of respect for the art form and
it’s acceptable to say how untalented these people are. People have
more respect for creed than Nas and that just doesn’t make sense.
Wow, I really didn’t mean for that to be as long as it was. I’m just passionate about it. I love all kinds of music. I will give anything a try. I haven’t been listening to rap music that long. I actually grew up on oldies. Then I started listening to ‘nu metal’ cause that’s what my friends listened to. And I got into blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, techno, alt. rock, and prog rock stuff well before rap music. I just fell in love with rap music and the creative freedom it allows. It’s a shame it’s not more accepted. There are things that can be done, but it’s going to take a lot of time and a lot less record label for any progress to be made.