Today’s Music: Have We Upgrades or Downgraded?
I recently read an article written by Barry Burch Jr. who spoke about how Hip Hop has turned from an “Ivy league to community college.” He also quoted Cee-lo saying Hip Hop is being used in some mass way to influence underachievement.” I can’t speak much on the world of Hip Hop, because I don’t listen very often, but I have noticed a change. There used to be a plethora of MCs to choose from who produced lyrical content that served as education on certain topics. Now, it seems that it’s all money, sex, drugs, and violence. And the biggest question that I have is why are the consumers choosing to consume this? Do they not want something more nourishing to their souls?
I am a true believer that there are spirits within music. Whoever the creator is pours a piece of their spirit, good or evil, into a song, and the people who connect with that song welcomes that same spirit into themselves. It’s not only in the Hip Hop genre that this foolishness has taken place, though. Soul music has, for the most part, stayed true to its roots, but there are some within the Soul/R&B genre who simply push a message of sex. We know that sex sells, but is there anything more that we could talk about? I mean, a large portion of the listeners these days are teenagers. They grab the music first. Why would we tell them to remain abstinent, practice celibacy, and wait until marriage, if everything else that has their attention is glamorizing sex and putting it in their faces and ears constantly?
Granted, it’s not every artist that is doing this, but the mainstream artists that get the most radio spins, and who do the majority of the reality shows, and interviews are the ones who are pushing this empty agenda on the masses. I don’t know how we got in such a wrong place, but I sure hope it turns around. If more artists with positive messages could get the people to wake up and start responding to real music again, we just may have some hope.
What are your thoughts? Do you think today’s music has made a turn for the worst, or are you happy with the evolution of music?