The other day, I happened to see two tweets that I just couldn’t resist retweeting because they made me think about something that I often question: how have we allowed these basic rappers to become the face of hip-hip today? By the way, being a “rapper” does not mean that the music you make is “hip-hop,” but that’s a story for another day.
One of the tweets I saw stated, “rappers of 2017, we get it, you f*cked my b*tch let’s move on.” The second tweet said, “She’s an Andre 3000 verse in a world full of mumble rap.” Shout out to the authors of these tweets (@TAMARAJUANA and @BJLAFLARE) because sometimes I think that everyone is so brainwashed that they don’t realize that their top 5 rappers all sound exactly the same (and they aren’t saying anything real anyway).
*Wait, sidebar: So, I’m watching Hip Hop Squares on VH1 as I write this, and I just want to know why in the world Nick Lashey is on here??…But back to the topic…*
Okay, so here is my thing…I know good and well that I am not the only person who is so tired (and bored) of so many rappers sounding the same today. Barely anyone has a flow that is original, barely anyone has a beat that is creative, and do not even get me started on content. Like we get it. You love dirty sprite, molly, percocets, and of course, sex and money. Now, the last two don’t bother me as much because that’s always been topics of conversation; but, they have been delivered in much more creative ways before, and honestly how many times are we gonna give these guys money just to listen to them repeat to us that yes, they are now rich.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a good trap song here and there. So, don’t be surprised if you see me rapping along or dancing to a basic, pop, mislabelled, “hip-hop” track. Sometimes, they feel necessary when you wanna turn up, I get that. But can we please PLEASE let trap become the minority, and let actual hip-hop artists take over. Not everyone has realized it yet, but we need y’all.
Let me know what y’all think below!