Why Rap Is Better Than Pop Music
This article will discuss why rap is better than pop music. It does not justify this point in any way.
One could say just as much about jazz, but pop is how people come to know the world. So why would you think pop music is better than rap?
Some songs have better lyrics; others are just more catchy. Most of the pop songs you will hear on the radio and YouTube were made for one purpose, to be as catchy as possible.
Other people think of pop music as making people think. Some rap songs have bigger meanings, even if you are not a rap fan.
So why would you think rap is better than pop? It would be best if you really did some thinking.
Why do you think most people listen to rap?
Rap is an interactive art form. You are involved in the performance.
You have to learn the lyrics, you have to learn the dance moves, you have to know the slang, and you have to know the rules. You do not have to know any of that.
However, you can still understand the art form and experience the lyrics and the dancing, and the slang. You can still do it without knowing any of the rules.
You still feel the effects. You still can feel the music, even if you do not know the words.
Some people do not even know the words but still, feel the emotions. There is nothing quite like that in the world.
However, you can appreciate the art even if you do not know the words and appreciate it even if you do not know the art form.
Rap is a virus
A lot of people think that pop music is the perfect example of the notion of a virus. A virus is a body of viruses that all belong to one specific organism.
You can tell that there are many different viruses just from looking at a virus. You can see them, you can feel them, and they are also contagious.
Rap is a type of virus. The basis for this virus is that there are many different rappers in one big body.
You can tell that there is a problem with the system. Many people think it is a problem, and they want to do something about it.
Sometimes people want to tell people the problems they see in the system. Rap is not that at all.
Rap is about the actions you are taking to fix the system. You have to fix the system first before you can even get down to the actions that will fix it.
The opposite of rap is not what most people think. Rock is better than rap.
Jazz is better than rap. Pop music is better than rap.
Music, in general, is better than rap. People that are obsessed with rap are the reason why there are so many rappers out there.
It is not that rap is bad. It is just that there are better types of music out there.
You cannot have one without the other. In fact, you cannot have one without the other.
You cannot have one type of music without the other. Some of the best rock groups out there were directly inspired by rap groups.
Just because one does not use drums and the other does not use rapping does not mean one is better.
Pop music has been a multi-billion dollar business since the 1970s. At least a third of the genres that have been popular in pop music since the 1980s is rap, and I am not trying to disrespect pop music.
The work done by Top 40 radio stations and pop music has been important. But, hip hop is an artistic movement created by teenagers (particularly), which has produced some of the most influential music in history.
There has to be some major disconnect here. What happened to music, music that actually had a message to it? When did it become so mundane?
Well, it's simple. It is now being created by corporations, primarily for mass consumption.
These corporations want to reach their consumers, and advertisers want their products marketed. Hip hop can be sold to the masses, but it can also be marketed to the masses, which creates a divide between what the masses want and what the hip-hop artists are creating.
You can see this in how rappers have been corralled into a category of "artists" as opposed to real artists, which is to say they are usually not entertainers. They are just pushing out words.
Even when they use more sophisticated wordplay, people generally do not understand it. The average person who sees a rap song on the radio does not know the lyrics' context or meaning.
Thus, the masses do not identify with the artist. This is why hip hop, at least in pop music, is often simply a bunch of blunts and songs about parties.
Even though the masses are largely uneducated in hip hop, hip hop artists are pushed as individuals to be mainstream artists. This brings us to the second point, the "celebrity" culture.
When rappers are marketed as a celebrity, the reasons for their success are very questionable. In a society where so many people are struggling, a music artist who brings in the masses is not a good thing.
Most people who buy pop music don't listen to rock music and are not familiar with alternative sounds.
So, instead of relying on a group of people who want to listen, and a community that supports the artists, the mainstream wants to make something that's easily digestible and marketed to the masses. Unfortunately, the message that hip-hop artists are trying to relay has the potential to be too controversial, so the artists end up rapping about blunts, girls, money, and cars, all while talking about how hard they were beating their rival rappers old records.
It's not exactly music for the masses.
Finally, there's the main problem that the mainstream and hip hop have to reconcile, and this is the agenda. Some hip-hop artists and listeners look at "mainstream" as a poor relation, but if they look at it as something that's really not that much better than the types of music they listen to, it's a very complicated discussion.
Hip hop artists are often artists who want to bring out societal problems and focus on topics that seem to not have much attention on them. Hip hop can be a disruptive medium, and if that disruptiveness is coming from a group of musicians who are not from this mainstream, it can be seen as censorship or as "terrorism."
Thus, the purpose of mainstream artists is to cater to the demands of the masses. The masses want a song about blunts and sex, so mainstream artists cater to this.
Hip hop artists want to bring attention to racial oppression and violence, so hip-hop artists cater to this. When the mainstream wants to use the image of the "angry black man," hip-hop artists appeal to that feeling to cater to the masses.
It can be not easy to hear all of this, but I think it's important for people to understand how the world views hip-hop artists. It's easy to say, "I can just listen to rap music," but how many people can actually do that?
Most people are not hip-hop fans and are not going to have access to it. Hip hop is not viewed as the same thing as jazz, or folk music, or classical music.
It is seen as "cool," it is bought, it is rented, but it's hard to listen to.