I love music. More than likely, you love music too. Different genres and styles ensure everyone gets a favorite and everyone gets a music love. Music has always been in a part of our lives. In today’s world, music is so big it’s a mega-business. Today’s musicians and artist can get rich and famous and even become “superstars”. On the surface I don’t think there is anything necessarily wrong with this system. A talented musician or singer should have the opportunity to spread their gift and the “fans” should get the opportunity to get the music of these great artist. In this system, the best artists will gain the most because they would gather more “fans” and all that comes with that.
My issue, though, is with my favorite music genre, hip-hop and R&B. To say it as nicely as possible, I am not confident that within this (my) music we are getting the most “talented” individuals creating the top selling and most played music. If you are reading this than you probably already agree with this fact and it not even debatable. There should be a huge red flag anytime the “top” is not the best. I can find more talent in any given neighborhood in this country than many of the artists that are “hot” right now. So if urban music is not being driven by the most talented, what is it being driven by? The message.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist but consider this; even though music is colorless, hip-hop and R&B is the “urban” music genre and is mostly in the black community. If you listen to hip-hop and R&B you probably don’t even realize there is a message. Many of the songs just sound like gibberish and even if you’re a real lyric listener like I am, the verses are usually just random shallow phrases made into less and less skillful rhyme patterns. Nearly every single song on the “urban” radio station promotes a behavior that is detrimental to the black community. Most rap songs are about selling or doing drugs. If not that, they are about having money and having sex. None of the songs are about education, family, commitment, integrity, spirituality, respecting authority, being a man, etc. You don’t have to be a Christian to see there is something wrong with this picture. It is interesting to note this is not the same in other music genres. So the question I had to ask myself was, “In a world where you can rap about ANYTHING, why are the best “top” only rapping about that?”
At first I blamed us (myself and other rap fans) for letting it get like this and supporting all of it. But then I realized that the artists are motivated by the money and their own pursuits of happiness. They don’t get their orders from us. They get their orders from the record executives, which are usually older white men telling them to “Keep it gangsta so we can keep it rich.” The artists need the executives’ distribution, they need their power, resources and money. The execs know this and they also know that the people will listen to whatever they want us to listen to. So they will “help” a rapper exploit his hood situation even if it glorifies behavior that will be imitated by millions. So what we have now is a bunch of so-so talent rapping and singing over million dollar production and beats; probably with lyrics promoting a lifestyle that, if followed, will hurt you, your kids and your community.
I refuse to let our music die or even worse, let our music kill us. I don’t feel good about my kids hearing about the trap, sex and violence, or wild and crazy lifestyles NOT because I want them ignorant to the world, but because I don’t want their minds filled with that message over and over in song formation further driving those messages into their conscious and subconscious minds. It’s no secret that the “secret” to positive outcomes is positive thoughts and environments. There is an equal but opposite reaction in regards to negative thoughts and environments. I was one of the biggest rap fans in the world and I would defend it to my last breath, but my maturity would not allow me to help glorify negativity to my own people anymore.
Good music should be considered good based on the talent the artist has. If the artist has real talent, he or she could rap or sing about anything and it will sound good. But love music not only sounds good but it is good. There is no sound better than a message that you really emotionally feel, played over your favorite music. The Bible tells us that God is Love. When you put God in music you get something really special. This is why choirs were formed and church music was created in all styles and genres. There is just something about love music; you know it when you hear it. It’s the kind of music that will make you think, motivate you, make you feel an emotional connection, and can even draw you closer to God. These are all things that can benefit you, your kids and your community. Not to mention, you will start to see where the real talent is.
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