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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?

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  1. bill

    fuck all of yall

  2. Falandris Love

    Thanks for the comments, you both made valid points but as I like to put "hip hop was made by the youth for the youth"... Different eras of hip hop gave us different things...

  3. Johnny Magnum

    i think it comes down to purpose. Hip-hop was made to get a message out to the community, a sort of civil uprising in our own right. I'm not saying music shouldn't be enjoyed or that Club songs shouldn't be made, but if thats all you make then no, you shouldn't get much respect at all. You are limited and 1 dimensional. Think about artist that are ONLY battle rappers, how much credit do they get outside of the their respective circuits? Same rules apply, if you cant be diverse than you aren't as talented as you think in a technical sense.

  4. =]

    Rappers like Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane definitely give the hip-hop community a bad name and legends such as DJ Premier agree. They are pretty much the face of rap and are extremely gaudy, overzealous, and seemingly illiterate. Their appearance alone brings shame to the art, the music they put out is why rock, jazz, and classical music fans qualify rap as "crap" and non-musical. Their are proper ways to do club bangers sure, but when that's your only source of music, you need to sit back, polish yourself, take pride in your art, and improve, like so many rappers have done already.


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