As listeners and supporters shouldn’t we demand that our music be more extensively categorical, more meaningful with messages, more motivational, more realistic or are we content with banging bass lines with no relatable stories or punch lines? Listeners are being consumed with “jigaboo jams.” These jams usually have a good beat, mediocre production, and less than average lyrics. These jams are definitely preferred in night clubs, parties, etc. But often times, outside those establishments, if you somehow find yourself listening to them, for long periods of time, a headache will follow shortly after. For example, take an artist like Lil Wayne, who is platinum selling artist, would his fans and followers not support him if he occasionally decided to implement some positivity into his music? Or would fans enjoy whatever music he decided to make, whether rock, rap, negative, positive, etc.? People generally have decided that positivity will not sell amongst the hip hop culture, but it has been done before and we can get back to that era all across the board. With that being said, I want to leave you with one of the only songs that I have heard Lil Wayne featured on where his entire verse is actually all positivity and even, imagine this, has absolutely zero profanity. I know, surprising right? “My Generation” is from Nas and Damian Marley’s “Distant Relatives” album, which was released in May 2010.
Nas and Damian Marley ft. Lil Wayne and Joss Stone, “My Generation”