Weekly Rant: Hip-Hop Music
Welcome to the start of something new. This will be my weekly rant where I’ll pick a topic (or you can send me a topic) and I’ll rant and rave and carry on. Don’t get me started about using your turn signal! Oh, wait. That’s actually the point of this weekly rant, isn’t it? Maybe I’ll cover that in a future rant, but today I want to rant on hip-hop music.
Now I’m not going to go all “This ain’t my music so it’s crap music.” My father never really liked the music I listened to, but he appreciated that I liked it and that was enough. He would play his music and hope it would rub off on me and much of it did. I’m glad he played his music when he did. On my music shuffle you can find things from Metallica and Slayer to Tom Petty and Cajun Zydeco to Steve Martin playing the Banjo and Benny Goodman. I cover a wide range of musical tastes.
Then there’s my daughter’s music. I must sigh here. Hold on.
I do NOT like Nicki Minaj. I do not like 90% of the garbage that my daughter listens to. For the most part the lyrics are inane, senseless, and sometimes illogical. Sure, some of what I listen to might fall into that category when it comes to lyrics, but at least there’s a good guitar riff, a beat you can tap your foot to. Not incessant thumping of a bass that rattles the windows. Yes I used to listen to music. I used to listen to music VERY LOUD! I loved going to loud concerts. But I was going and getting my youthful aggression out. There were lyrics I could sing and they made sense to me.
If I listen to a hip-hop song I’m guaranteed that I’ll hear the same lyrics rehashed over and over. Throw your hands in the air. Raise your drink in the air. Let’s party. And of course every variation of sexual innuendo and double entendre possible. Sure there are occasional clever lyrics that catch my attention (Like a sprained ankle, boy, I ain’t nothing to play with) but for the most part it slides into the typical junk lyrics that will be repeated over and over until you’ve lost your mind.
Then there’s a new breed of song out there that’s driving me nuts. It’ll be a half-way decent song. They lyrics will be something I can relate to. The person singing will actually have some talent. Then some angry rapper will jump in and totally screw up a perfectly good song with lyrics that are the total opposite of the song’s intention. This leaves me with a WTF moment as I listen to a perfectly good song get ruined by someone that has no idea what the song is about.
Let’s take for example the Maroon 5 song. Here’s the chorus.
I’m at a payphone trying to call home
All of my change I spent on you
Where have the times gone
Baby it’s all wrong, where are the plans we made for two?
Touching, right? This is a song about a guy who’s lost his girl. He’s sad. He’s spending all the change in his pocket trying to call her and perhaps try to mend things. Then we get this.
I’ll be out spending all this money while you sitting round
Wondering why it wasn’t you who came up from nothing
Made it from the bottom
Now when you see me I’m stunning
And all of my cars start with the push up a button
Telling me the chances I blew up or whatever you call it
Switched the number to my phone
So you never could call it
This keeps going and going and gets worse. Wait a minute. What? Did you read the lyrics before? Where did this angry part come from? Switched the number so you never could call it? That’s not what this song is about at all. This isn’t about the singer being so great he do need you no mo. This is a song about missing the one you love. Then we go back to the chorus and it’s jarring to go from “I miss you” to “F*& YOU!” back to “I miss you” It hurt my head when this song comes on. I keep wondering why did they bring this person in to rap in the middle of this song? Did the person get the meaning and they’re being ironic on purpose? Is this the lover that left the main singer? What’s going on here? Did someone not get the memo? Did they just take the first thing this person rapped and said “Oh, he’s famous, we need to include what ever he raps because his fans love him”?
Please, if you’re going to rap in the middle of the song, at least make it relate to the song. It’s like the B.O.B song airplanes where B.O.B is busying singing about how life sucked when he was a kid and he came up from nothing to get to where he was and he did it by wishing on airplanes like they were shooting stars and they helped him get through a troubled time. Then Eminem raps in the middle of the song. At the end of his rap…
cuz he never risked sh!t he hopes and he wished it but it didn’t fall in his lap so he ain’t even here
he pretends that…
Airplanes in the night sky like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now…
Wait a minute. Did Eminem read B.O.B.’s lyrics? Did B.O.B. read Eminem’s lyrics to realize he’d just been dissed? HARD! In the middle of HIS SONG? Did the record produce listen to what each artist had created separately to understand that these two pieces didn’t match up? Is anyone noticing this but me? I explain this to my favorite daughter in the hopes that she’ll understand the irony, but so far I haven’t been able to get her to deviate away from her current listening trends. I will continue to try. I will continue to analyze. I will continue to rant until Hip-hop starts putting out songs that I can understand and follow along with.
Sure, there are a few songs that I like, but they’re far and few between.
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.
Until Next Time!