February 28, 2017 by kaiyafarmer
By Kaiya Farmer / Inglewood, CA
I’m convinced that good music being made on this planet is a rarity . I listen to music that dates back as early as the late 80’s or the early 90’s, and it seems that after about 2005 all good music came to a halt. The biggest downfall that the music industry has had to face is the degradation of our rap and R&B.
In earlier music, rappers wrote about the struggles they faced in life, as a young person growing up in this crazy world with the intentions of inspiring or encouraging people to keep going. For a great example, Tupac Shakur’s Keep Ya Head Up, which does a great job of doing just that, encouraging people going through rough times.
Now, rappers like Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, and the new Kanye West, which is a very small list of rap’s mainstream artists today, use music as a way of eulogizing sex and drugs, disrespecting women, and boasting about their assets in attempts to make you want to be them.
Speaking of early R&B, the epidemic hasn’t completely changed, but it still very much differs from music today. They’re both the same in the fact they both express sultry feelings of love, but earlier 80’s and 90’s R&B had a more conservative and original way of doing so. To name a few Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun & Baduizm , which were some of the best albums to ever grace the music industry, because of the genuine emotion they expressed about facing the turmoil of life.
Today, it’s as if you can’t hear a song from your favorite artist without hearing either a recycled beat or borrowed vocals and sometimes you might even get both of those qualities within the same song, which isn’t always a bad thing, but most are starting to lack originality, which is slowly becoming old and played out.
Music has drastically throughout generations in my eyes, mostly in a negative way, but what gives me hope is the very few artists we have today that still make actual good music people can relate to no matter what the album sales look like, simply because it is their passion.