Modern Music’s Mega Dilemna

Rap and Country genres seem as far apart as you can get, but in fact, they have more in common than listeners to either music would like to admit. They both can be well-done as a style. I actually enjoy both of these genres provided they are done right. Country and rap music, today, however, is highly repetitive and annoying. Singers or rappers talk about the same things over and over again in each song. All rappers want to make it rich and get girls and do drugs. Country singers drink beer, fall in love, and drive trucks, sometimes tractors.

Both speak incredibly fake. Rappers pick up this “real talk” that sounds so fake, I could call it Velveeta. Meanwhile, the only thing that sets “country” apart from “acoustic” is that country singers sing in a heavy and obnoxious (sometimes even put-on) southern accent. Not every person in the south sounds like they’re chewing on wood.

Some musicians from both genres find ways to innovate. These people are mostly ignored. If you delineate from the subject and style set forth, you’re not considered a rap artist or country singers. They both face the same problems as pop singers of the 90s. Yes, I’m looking at you Justin Timberlake. Or even Justine Bieber, who rehashes the same things with his baby sweet voice, garnering the adoration of millions of preteen girls. Wait, have we seen this done before? Oh, yes, we have.

When you get right done to it, every genre acts upon this formula. Let’s pick a style and never leave it alone. Let’s all sing about the exact same things. Take scream for example. Despite the fact that every scream song sounds just like a variance of a massacre, even the lyrics are dreadfully dull. All about suicide, suffering, and nihilism. What happened when bands were inspired by something other than the clichés of the past? When did innovation in music die?

Centuries ago, words did not always have music, yet composers found ways to innovate. What I want in musical lyrics is honesty. Because with honesty, you get the raw emotion from which music should spring. If a song comes from genuine emotion and not from the careful study of musical trends, then beauty can exist in the music. If we return to this ideal in music where musicians are treated like people rather than Gods, we do no pressure them into conforming to what they have already done.

Anymore, musicians are scoffed at if they genre-hop though to do so shows great versatility. Instead, they are expected to label themselves correctly in order to better to market themselves. Therefore, music is less about music and more about market structure. I say, don’t be held down by your own image. Just because a man is called a drunk does not mean he cannot become sober. If music allowed musicians to make music that their emotions expressed, I would find commercial music much more interesting and worthwhile.

About derekberry

Derek Berry is a novelist, poet, and student located in Charleston, SC.

Posted on January 10, 2012, in Controversy, Teenagers, writer, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. What about country rap? That’s a thing now and I want to die.

    • I have heard this so-called “country rap.” It is embarrassing to both industries. I do not think that will last, though. Just a grab at meshing genres to capitalize on both markets. The audacity to sing such songs, however, I applaud. Music needs that sort of weird innovation to create new things or else we must admit we have grown static in the evolution of style.

  2. Spot on, Derek. A lot of music is about marketing. How else can some of it be explained?

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