Day & A Dream Presents: Rapper’s Rant w/ hasHBrown
Rapper’s are known for voicing their opinions, this is no secret. One thing I don’t like as a rapper, is when in an interview situation, I have to stick with whatever the interviewer asks. I can’t just go, and speak freely on any subject I want. So, I’ve decided to start a new weekly article here on Day & A Dream called, Rapper’s Rant. This will be a platform where an artists can finally say anything the want. Anything that peeves them about the genre, the trends, a venue that they have a problems with, another rapper that they have a had problems with, a political issue, ANYTHING. So here we go this is the Rapper’s Rant.
Ranting Rapper: hasHBrown
The music industry’s shortcomings have become more apparent which each quarter of each year. One glaring ‘lost art’ is in the art of creating an ‘album’–i.e. a complete body of work that is cohesive in sound and/or purpose. Physical cd sales are down while digital sales are up.
The digital age of hip-hop has shortened all of our attention spans to the point that artists must attempt to keep the audience’s attention with multiple lengthy free mixtapes/albums/anthologies within the span of a year or so in hopes to get “on” or “picked up” or “signed” or “recognized”. No other genre of music gives away so much free music. No other genre of music generates millions upon billions through its exploits of the culture.
What is the life span of a mixtape? 2 weeks maybe? 1 week if there are multiple releases around the same time? Some mixtapes have all original material on them which isn’t a ‘mixtape’ at all, it sounds like an album but it isn’t an ‘album’…it’s just a bunch of songs put together on a disc with a broad title that will hopefully encompass everything the artist is about.
What happened to pushing promo singles, ep’s, to build a fanbase which would lead to videos and a possible full length project? Is it me or does it seem like there are more artists than fans? Is it me or does it seem like most albums/mixtapes as of late don’t have any true staying power?
Is it fair to say that if an artist gives music away it must not be worth anything? I’ve heard would be “fans” say that. I’ve also heard alot of artists stick to their guns and attempt to sell everything they release, but I always ask, “how do you create interest with a price tag?”. The words “free” go a long way at first but the quality has to be there before you can shed that “free” tag.
One of my top favorite albums of 2011 so far is Saigon’s “The Greatest Story Never Told”, produced mostly by Just Blaze. The label he was originally signed to toyed with its release but never really got behind the type of music Saigon was creating.
Not too many major label rap albums contain social commentary–something else that the game is lacking. This is a true album in my opinion–great production, great songs, and theres a beautifully orchestrated cohesion from song to song on the album.
Even if you aren’t a fan of Saigon, when listening to this album you have to respect the fact that some time and thought when into the completion of the project. I can’t say the same for some of the projects that get released. Do people care to hear a complete project or a random collection of songs?
Another example of high quality has to be Big K.R.I.T.’s “Return of 4eva”. ‘R4″ is one of the best things to drop from the south in a long while. KRIT reminds me of all classic southern hip-hop but from a young/new prespective which belongs to KRIT and KRIT alone. I was elated upon hearing “R4″ but also started thinking to myself “why is this free?”. “R4″ > 90% of the albums released last year, in my opinion. I just hope that his major lable debut isn’t “cookie cutter” or “single hungry” which is what tends to happen to new artists from what I can see and not-so new artists (see Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers”).
No matter what radio says or does, no matter what the majors push or don’t push you can’t deny “good music”. I hope that the powers that be get back to focussing on pushing “good music”, and if it crosses over then so be it but nothing’s worse than forced bullshit in “album” form when its really a maxi-single.
As an artist myself I’d much rather make ep’s and lp’s than a bunch of mixtapes. If you took these 20+ original track mixtapes and actually cut them down to 12-14 song albums you’d be surprised how the quality of that project sky rockets. The game needs some quality inspection.
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