I want to make this clear, if you’re not a fan of R&B or HipHop you might not enjoy this blog. I wanted to write this to express my thoughts on the future of R&B and Hip Hop.
I was born in the 80’s and grew up listening to the 90’s hiphop and rnb that influenced me greatly as a young kid. Rap music at the time was brutal and honest, it was real and it touched people on a level that was deeper than just entertainment. It was beyond just a catchy “hit” single, it was life.
The music scene back then was good and there were some great artists out there in the early 90’s with some great songs like A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Ice Cube and all these other hiphop acts that were making great songs that touched people at an emotional level.
It wasn’t about money first or anything but really about making some good music.
As this year comes to an end, I thought it would be good to make an article about the future of hip hop and RNB.
I’ll start by saying that I think hip hop is losing its authenticity. It’s becoming harder and harder to distinguish between real artists and the ones that just want money.
This isn’t something new. We can see the same trend in pop music. But in hip hop, it feels more obvious because it’s always been about authenticity and about telling stories.
Hip Hop was always about telling the hard truth in a creative way. Telling stories we could relate to. But now there are so many artists who stick to formulas and tell us stories they don’t even live themselves.
One artist that comes to mind is French Montana with his song “Unforgettable” which has 2 billion views on youtube. This song is not authentic at all in my opinion. He doesn’t even speak Swahili in this song and he stole the beat from a popular song called “Loko” made by an African artist named P-Square (the original song has 200 million views).
The demarcation between the two genres has always been a blurry one. R’n’B has always been heavily reliant on the latest technological advances to push its style forward, whether that be through sampling technology, or the synth sounds of the 80’s and 90’s. There has always been a relationship of mutual influence between the two genres.
What I think is happening now is that as hip-hop becomes more and more “pop”, it is becoming less and less tied to any specific genre or style of music. This gives it an incredible amount of creative freedom, but also means that it is borrowing more and more from other genres.
This means that hip hop producers are starting to use techniques commonly employed by electronic producers (think of Kanye West’s use of auto-tune), whilst electronic producers such as Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, Lunice and others are fusing together hip-hop beats with electronic production techniques.
A prime example of this hybridisation can be seen in Diplo’s production work on M.I.A.’s track “Paper Planes”. The track itself employs many sonic elements that would be familiar to anyone who listens to hip-hop regularly; gunshots, reggae vocal samples, and so on. However, Dipl
I was recently asked to break down some of my thoughts on the future of electronic dance music in a series of Facebook notes. After about an hour, I had two paragraphs.
I could have spent more time and written more than that, but part of me was thinking: “What’s the point?” Why would I want to do something like this?
There are plenty of people writing about what’s happening in pop music. They write about the current hits, they write about the new releases, they write about what’s coming up next. They write about who’s hot and who’s not, who’s doing it and who isn’t.
They all sound smart. They all know their stuff. And they’re all saying almost exactly the same things as each other.
And then there’s me: a guy who writes longer stuff that gets less attention, less likes and less comments than any of them. Who doesn’t even write about current pop music hits at all – only very old or very new songs. A guy who talks mostly about what might happen in pop music, not what is happening right now. A guy whose only qualification for talking about this stuff is that he once wrote a song that reached
Pop music consists of a mixture of musical genres and styles, all bursting with positivity and happiness. It’s meant to make you feel good, which is why it’s so popular. But it’s also the reason some people think it’s “shallow.”
Some people might think pop songs are just about partying and having a good time, or maybe about being in love, but there is more to them than that. They can also be about other things like politics, social issues or even mental health. The lyrics are usually written by songwriters who have no idea how their words will be interpreted by listeners; they just want to express themselves through music without worrying what others will think of them. The artists who sing these songs aren’t necessarily aware either — they’re just doing their job as singers and performers while trying to make money off record sales (which has become increasingly difficult).
It’s important to remember that sometimes songs mean one thing to an artist but something completely different for someone else listening at home alone on their headphones with no distractions from outside world noise like traffic noise pollution etcetera…
I have been in the music industry for many years and have worked with some of the worlds top artists, songwriters and producers. I have seen it all! From the good to the bad, the ugly, and what I consider as just plain disgraceful.
I see myself as a giver who is always willing to pass on my knowledge and expertise to others. The reason I do this is because of how I was treated when I first started out in this business.
I was blown away by how much people were willing to help me, and it was this experience that helped me become who I am today. It’s one of the main reasons why I set up my company.
So when someone comes to me for advice, I’ll always give them an honest opinion, rather than try to sell them a track or make them buy a course. If they ask me a question then I’ll tell them exactly what they need to know with no sugar coating.
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and the way we create music has also evolved significantly due to technology. The days of having a record deal are long gone, unless you are already established or extremely talented.
I see many independent artists making their own tracks
I started ElectronicDJ.com in 1996 as a way to share my passion for electronic music with others.
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