What are you listening to? There is a difference did you know?
So, let me ask the question that many don’t or have not asked. Is it important to know what you’re listening to? I think so, especially when it comes to listening to different genres of music, because there is a difference. I’m pretty sure that many have not given this a thought, and if you have, I’ve yet to see anyone who has brought it to the manifest as a topic of thought to whether some of these new rappers and Hip Hop reps even know if there is a difference to what they so proudly speak on. If anyone knows and or has even given thought to it, both rap and hip hop are two separate genres are they not?. Just below is a good example of an artist who is showing that he not only goes hard to and for Rap, but also shows his versatility on this possible Hip Hop beat or it could be a rap beat right? The beat/track was produced by a guy name Blake for Palar Productions aka Sound Stove played thought Sondcloud. A well known music producer pushing music throughout Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has worked with quite a few recording artist, and is very active when it comes to music production. He has also done work for a historical place that does a lot when it comes to the music arts hosting events and making a lot of noise, and the place is called Fire, and has also done work with one of most inspiring events to in Kalamazoo, Michigan when it comes to rap battles, music and entertaiment and giving artist’s a place to build, learn and grow called Music Making Action.
Its important to consider how the listener takes in what they’re listening to when it comes to a recording artist’s music and sound and even the beat in itself. People will not take music in the same, it will have a different feel for one listener and might sound like Hip Hop when to another they may hear it and feel it differently, and to them it may sound like rap and or even hardcore. So, I guess the question would be is there or could there be a difference? I personally and truly think so, as we all know there are many rappers who are caught up in the title it self and very popular cultural name HIP HOP, but I question whether one even knows or even cares enough to know if there really is a difference between the two powerful culture titles Rap and Hip Hop.
There is a difference, at least from my point of view, and how I take in another artist’s music. Though, I can’t tell another what they are actually kicking on the mic, because its their thoughts, but I can tell whether for me, it has the sound of Hip Hop or Rap that another recording artist is putting out, and for some that is only my opinion, which is somewhat true, but my point is is that, I let it be known that I pay attention, and I rarely let things slide when it comes to a subject such as this. See, I’m not only an recording rap artist but also a listener. A student as well as a teacher in a sense. There are many who are caught up with saying that they are doing Hip Hop or that they are doing Rap, but the question is… to whether they even know the difference or even give it thought based off the mood that the sound places them in at that moment in time.
I think there are many who run around and say that they are doing Hip Hop, but does their work have the sound of Hip Hop? How about if their a Hip Hop artist, but what their kicking actually sounds like Rap? Who cares right? Well, listeners should care why? Because, I just think that knowing the difference is truly important, because its all in the sound, the creativity and the mind state of an artist and knowing what they are catering to who.
I guess that’s what makes me the universal artist that I am who is so unique and creative as well as versatile with my work, because I definitely do care, and know the difference, and that’s why I’m doing this post, because I challenge whether some of these rappers actually know and or even care to know. See, here’s the thing, you have many rappers and hip hop artist who are inspired by their favorite mainstream artist’s, and what happens is that they like a artist’s work so much, that they listen, and then actually adopt (steal) the style of that artist, and that is true, whether you or anyone else cares to admit it it is true. And let me make self clear, I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with that, inspiration is always good, because its art, and we all should be inspired and motivated by others work, I am inspired my many different artist’s work, but there is something wrong when one allows self to be so caught up in another artist’s thoughts that you actually try to act, live out and be someone or the artist’s mask identity, and that too is my opinion based off of what I see and hear nowadays in this music industry and game, but is also the cold truth.
And I think that’s where I see a lot of style stealing and cloning going on throughout the whole music game. Hey, I’m just calling it how I actually see it, and as a true listener with a good ear, I can tell. Anyway, I just wanted to do this post and raise the discussion on whether some of these rappers/hip-hop artist, and YOU the listener and fan actually are paying attention to the work that artist’s nowadays make and put out for listeners like your self to hear and critique, and have one even given it a thought. Maybe it took this post to bring awareness to it huh? maybe, but us as listeners, you play a big part in this too, and have to start calling it as well, because if we don’t then we allow what is actually going on right now. Its no different than you representing something, but yet don’t even know what you’re representing?
For me, I take it very seriously because for me, my aim is to cater to my listeners on a universal level. But, I leave it up to the listener, and other artist’s to critique what they hear when it comes to my sound, and the lyrics I kick. Again, for one, I may be kicking Hip Hop flavor in ya ear like Craig Mack on a particular track, and then I may be on my Rap side on another track. I guess when its all said and done, its really just something to think about and helps to know either way, I go hard for either side, but just so the people know, I don’t allow self to be boxed in, but if you really want to know my choice of side, I think it should already be clear, but I leave that up to the listener and those who pay attention, and are true listeners and diehard fans of the art of facts in music of my God4lo.
So, after listening to the track above let me your thoughts on this post, I welcome any who has a different way of seeing what I touched on. What genre Hip Hop? Or Rap? Both? Does the lyrics accommodate this beat? Leave a comment below and tell me what you got or if you got anything from what the artist is kicking on this beat, and whether I’m wrong or not, because I just may either be, but remember, the one who makes the claim must also provide proof to theirs, I can what about you? I welcome any challenger in thought on this topic. Peace and many blessings to all.