Friday, August 26, 2011

Is Urban Music Really Dying and Who’s Killing it?

Earlier this week, I watched a recent clip on YouTube where Lauryn Hill gave her thoughts on the impact of classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (here). 

On one hand, I was more than elated to hear ANYTHING L-Boogie herself had to say, but on the other hand, it did leave me with a bittersweet feeling which inspired my weekly rant below:

Is Urban Music Really Dying and Who’s Killing it?

I’ve narrowed it down to three major culprits:
The Producer
The Consumer
“The Man”

The Producer

In a world where everything is instant, aspiring entertainers have begun to gravitate away from investing into their crafts.  No one takes time to learn how to play instruments, no one takes time to study the founders, people consider internet spam networking and everyone wants to blow up overnight. It took Lauryn Hill almost a year to record The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and no one complained. Last year, Sade dropped her first album in ten years and straight up did it on anyone who thought they had the 2010 R&B game figured out. Why? Because artists of their caliber have no problem investing time into creating a timeless body of work.

“You can’t fathom my love to lock yourself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers…” Kanye West - Spaceship