The state of hip-hop music is deplorable
BY CHRIS SKARNULIS, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
When the Hip Hop music genre came to prominence in the late 1980s, artists such as 2pac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and rap groups such as N.W.A. and A Tribe Called Quest used unique lyricism and beats to make gruff and hardcore hip hop. As years pass, the overall sound quality of hip-hop has changed drastically, and sadly, for the worse.
It is not completely unexpected that because technology is continuing to expand, that it will be innovated into music. Regarding different genres, that has proven to be successful, but in the case of hip-hop, it fails miserably.
Each year, XXL Magazine releases the “Freshman List,” a list composed of the year’s most popular music talents in hip-hop music. Artists included on the 2016 list included Desiigner, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Denzel Curry as well as several others. Unfortunately, talents were found few and far between. The only artists that stuck out as having potential were up-and-coming rappers Denzel Curry and Anderson .paak. While these two have talent in revolutionizing the genre of hip-hop music, sadly many of the artists included on the list do not. If anything, they are embarrassing hip-hop music with childish antics that require little talent whatsoever. Avoid these artists at all costs.
The newest addition to Kanye West’s own G.O.O.D. Music label is Desiigner, 19. His breakout single, “Panda” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 at the end of April. The song is incredibly poor in quality, featuring a non-coherent Desiigner rapping about his life leading to his career breakout. The most upsetting quality of this single is the fact that it lacks heart. A number of producers and artists, many with association to G.O.O.D. Music are credited with work on the single, yet it falls short on creativity. His newly released mixtape, “New English” includes the repetitive beats and sounds that were included in “Panda,” but utilize them on a whole other level.
“Lil Uzi Vert” Label:
Generation Now and Atlantic Records
This breakout rapper released his debut single, “Money Longer” in February 2016, along with two mixtapes later in the year. This talentless piece of garbage gives HipHop a bad name. His recent mixtape releases, such as “Lil Uzi Vert v. the World” and “The Perfect Luv Tape” feature a heavily autotuned Vert accompanied by petty trap beats that do not offer anything of significance to the project itself.
“Lil Yachty” Label:
Quality Control Music, Capitol Records and Motown Records
Another young rapper has made his way onto the scene, the red-haired Lil Yachty! The Atlanta-based rapper released his debut mixtape, “Lil Boat” in March, and his follow-up project, “Summer Songs 2” in July. The project lacks depth and dedication on Yachty’s part, and appears to be released solely just to put music out. The songs do not flow well, and adds nothing unique to the table.
The more Hip-Hop progresses, the worse in quality it becomes. It is a sad state of affairs, but Hip-Hop music is slowly dilapidating in overall enjoyability. Although times are changing, artists need to find ways to relate their music to the roots of Hip-Hop music, in a professional and relatable manner.