Why Rap Music Is Important
Did you know that rap music is growing more popular every day? It’s been almost a year since Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ and The Greatest Showman has become the highest-grossing movie of the year thus far.
People seem to be taking rap music seriously; why is that? Is it possible that we finally see a shift in the music industry?
A few prominent acts have led the way by making the genre popular; however, the music industry is not just dominated by Kanye West or Drake. The way the industry works is a complex one, so let’s break it down for you.
First off, you’re not just listening to a song; you’re listening to a performance and lyrics. Rap music is an art form; it’s an attitude that we’re not used to hearing from mainstream artists, for obvious reasons.
Rap music has a unique and aggressive tone that is aimed towards a person’s audience. This has never been more apparent than when Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar came together.
This is where rap music's language really comes out; it’s easier to understand in that way. Now, some people will argue that this art form is an influence on violence.
You see this a lot when Donald Trump criticizes rapper Eminem. Trump calls Eminem a ‘truly talented rapper’; however, he doesn’t feel the same way about many other artists. Eminem is also the first rapper to address his ‘lack of patriotism’ with a song like ‘Encore.’
This shows us that rap music is unique and brings a new kind of sound to a music industry normally dominated by pop music. This in itself is an artistic representation of what rap music is.
A new tone
This is something many people see as a shift in the music industry. Most of the time, pop music is a cheerful and energetic piece of music.
A song like ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams has become extremely popular for its upbeat message and sounds. Well… pop music wasn’t always like this; we see a shift to a more ‘serious’ sound.
Most music has always been intended to be upbeat and fun, but rap music is meant to make the listener feel something. It’s not just a fast-paced song with catchy lyrics.
It’s more of a darker style that explores the various emotions that a person may experience in their life. A song like Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’ touches on police brutality and urban violence.
It’s hard to listen to at times, but its lyrics evoke many different emotions, and that’s what makes rap music so much more powerful than the typical pop song. In many ways, it’s an attack on the ignorance and apathy that dominates the current culture.
Rap music has always been criticized because it’s not really supposed to be ‘smart’ music. However, in many ways, rap music fits in well with society and makes a statement about social issues.
A simple song such as ‘F*** The Police’ takes on a broader, more important purpose to reach so many people in so many different ways. The song challenges the notion that law enforcement and the government work for the people.
The song points out that they work only for the rich and powerful and can quite often be viewed as terrorists in many communities. The song's true message is that these men in blue don’t protect and serve; they intimidate and hurt people.
Similarly, a song such as Kanye West’s ‘Blood On The Leaves’ touches on the violence caused by police. If you want to really learn the truth about how police officers are so often associated with violence and hate, this is the perfect song to listen to.
You’ll see that rappers are often the only people talking about these issues because that’s the way they experience the world. It’s not about bashing cops; it’s about being angry at how their presence so often brings chaos and danger into people’s lives.
Real artists don’t starve
Rap is a genre that celebrates authenticity, and these artists are constantly testing their boundaries. From music videos that are raw and powerful to production quality that often makes you cringe, these artists constantly push themselves to a new artistry level and creative expression.
Their creativity is not limited to just their music; they also produce great artwork, which is far more powerful than anything in most other music genres. Their work often incorporates symbolism, symbolism that relates to the themes of the music itself.
Kendrick Lamar’s albums and artwork have such an amazing feel to them. When you see the artwork, you can almost feel the music.
Rappers’ unique voices
Rap is often a genre with an ‘image’ to it, and rap artists' voices often change as the music evolves. Rappers often try to keep their voice style consistent, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ‘good’ at it.
It’s important to remember that rap music is meant to make the listener feel something. There are many different types of rap, some of which have been made popular by mainstream artists.
Rap's influence on society and culture is so far-reaching that it’s impossible to talk about rap without mentioning how much of an impact it has had on our culture. The current generation of rap artists is truly changing the face of music. If Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West's works are any indications, we are in for some incredible future.