Erykah Badu | Much Needed Twitter Rant
Well, someone of prominence in the R&B world finally said what many of us have been saying amongst ourselves for the last year or so. And while I’m always a proponent of good house music, I’m afraid that genre too is being desecrated as a result of the fist pumping techno mashup Jersey Shore f*ckery that we hear on the radio these days.
To be fair, I realize music and artists have to evolve, and the landscape has changed SO dramatically that the dollars and success don’t flow as easily as they once did. However, to Ms. Badu’s point, that’s no reason to abandon a genre in order to appeal to the masses, if anything, it should serve as reason to put more heart into ensuring the integrity and longevity of the genre.
If the energy that many R&B and Hip Hop artist are spending making disposable bubble gum ass music was spent pushing quality music to their root audiences, Hip Hop, R&B and House music could again be pushed to levels of collective respectability. More importantly, I think the generations of listeners would be in a better place to evolve with the music. Since the music lacks any sophistication, thought or emotion and because the listeners attention span is so short, all this music with no substance stands no chance at impacting lives of its listeners.
Dumbing music down may appeal to the masses, but it’s going to prove career limiting to many artist crossing too far over those lines. I just have a hard time seeing a 38 year old at a 20 year high school reunion in 2030 wanting to hear Usher’s “Dj Got Us Falling In Love.” Who knows though, I could be wrong, chances are if that happens they could still be wearing a Ed Hardy t-shirt too. Or maybe I’m just old.