Hip Hop’s Fine Print: “No Lyrics Necessary”
It's silent. All of a sudden you hear that familiar melody. It comes in heavy, with hard bass and everyone, within seconds, are immediately roused up. Even before the artist speaks on the track, people are already singing the song. "I got my money up/ Now I can re-up." Or what about "You wanna see some ass? I wanna see some cash!" No matter what type of music you prefer, these "club bangers" are sketched into your brain to the point that you either hate to love them or love to hate them. Which brings me to my point: Do these "club-banger" artists deserve more respect in the hip hop world?
I know you’re scratching your head thinking artists like Soulja Boy, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, and Travis Porter already get enough respect in the hip hop community, so this shouldn’t even be a question. Their songs are in heavy rotation on the radio, and they tour nationwide performing songs many music critics, blatantly put, can't stand. Although these artists are incomparable to the likes of Drake or J.Cole (who receive respect for their lyrical content, delivery, and style) they still work just as hard and thus are necessary in the rap game.
I know songs like Speakers Going Hammer, Gucci Time, No Hands, and Make It Rain aren't life-changing or very encouraging to the youth, but they do fulfill their purpose, which is to get the party started. These club banger artists are entrepreneurs and creative in their own right, just like their peers who are praised for their respective talents. So even if you don't appreciate their music, you must respect their grind, which brings me back to the question: Do these artist deserve more respect in the hip hop world? Should we boycott and criticize their music, or back off and allow them to make the style of music they love?Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think these artists deserve Grammy awards or a billboard in Times Square. But I do think we as music fans should not be so critical of them. Like the saying goes, “if it ain't broke don’t fix it.” Their club bangers are bringing them success. Why should they take a different route and make conscientious music (or as some classify as “real hip hop”)? I don't think they're giving hip hop a bad name but maybe I'm wrong. Either way, you can catch me on a Friday night in the club singing and enjoying myself. What will you be doing?