BY SPENCER CROSTON
EDITOR OF ENTERTAINMENT
EDITOR OF ENTERTAINMENT
Disclaimer: This article contains language that may not be suitable for all readers. I have kept this language uncensored on the basis of historical and lyrical integrity.
Long gone are the days when rap music used to mean something. The art form has evolved into another manufactured genre that strongly lacks the creativity it had in the 90s and early 2000s. In the 90s, creative artists like Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Jay Z, De La Soul, and N.W.A used the notorious style of music to bring attention to many world issues and to build connections through community. Today’s rappers seem to only be capable of poorly rhyming about drugs, sex, partying, and the amount of “ice” on their wrists. This isn’t to say that the greats of the past didn’t also mention these things in their songs, they just diversified their topics and put meaning into why they were rapping about those things. For example, the affirmation rap legend Tupac Shakur’s song “Changes” discussed the struggles of being an African American in America with lyrics like “Cops give a damn about a negro. Pull the trigger, kill a nigga. He's a hero. Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare.” In contrast, modern rapper Lil Yachty’s song “Yacht Club”discusses partaking in drug use and gang violence stating, “I don't know, let 'em talk, I'ma go get my Smith & Wesson. Blessed boys under 21, steady flexin'. I'm gettin' too rich, can't do flights with connections. .40 on my hip, I won't fight, b*tch I'm reckless.” Corner Canyon Student Mason Hughes stated, “Historical rappers, like Tupac, used their lyrical genius to create relatable pieces, while modern rappers, like Lil Yachty, tend to glorify their wealth and ignore many of the social issue that American’s face.” With all this said, there is still hope for rap to return to its former glory. Some modern rappers have been able to break the mold and create music similar to the great rap songs of the past. Rappers like Kendrick Lamar and J Cole continue to make well crafted songs that bring to light of the beauty of older rap. However, there aren’t enough J Cole’s and Lamar’s to currently steer modern rap in a good direction as the talentless rappers are given the most media coverage. As currently stands, rap is on its way to become an obsolete genre.