Mainstream Hiphop Could Be Getting a Facelift with a New Statement Piece
People are about to really hate what I'm going to say but I just have to say it. I have to say it for a lot of people because I think that credit should be given where credit is due. Look, if you haven't heard this new Jay Z album yet, you need to listen to it. It's really good for a lot of reasons. It's something everyone can appreciate on a certain level and to a certain extent.
I need to tell you something about it though. There are always pros and cons to everything. Now, let me tell you what the cons are. I don't think Jay Z made this album because he really wanted to. I think he was compelled to. I think this album came from a kind of dark place. I think he was a little frustrated and trying to deal with some losses particularly relating to business.
A Statement Piece
What do artists do though? Artist write, they create, they make music when they feel any type of way. Let's look at the occurrence of events. Never-mind all of the rumors about the Illuminati and all of the things Jay Z claims and says for show. So Prodigy passed away not too long ago. I'm not going to get into what a lot of us really think happened there, but I think that might have something to do with it all. I'm just going to leave it at that and let you draw your own conclusions.
Let's look at this though. Taylor Swift just ended her beef with Spotify. For a while people who wanted to stream her music on their phones had to sign up for Tidal for the most part. What would you do if you had an artist like that with the type of die hard fans she has, end her streaming exclusivity.
I'm sure he took a little hit there. So look, what would you do though. You come out with a new album to draw people back in. If you're an intelligent business man like Jay Z, you do your market research. What have I been focused on for the last decade? Underground hiphop instrumental beats.
Thundercat, Flyinglotus, and Kendrick Lamar all kind of resurrected that sort of underground hiphop style. So what does Jay Z do? Jay Z knows where hiphop is going. The reason why I call this a con is because it just kind of makes me feel conflicted to consider this album as a publicity stunt and less as a real sublimated creation. That's why I say it's more of a statement piece.
But then again, when you're rich and famous you typically don't have the same problems that artists do starting out that starves them until they squeeze that great music out of themselves. Now, I also see this album as being a statement piece coming from the type of intellect that I can never know because I will never have the type of experiences that people who really appreciate it do.
From my limited perspective I know that it does sound like that shots have been fired against people who pretend to be something they're not basically.
I normally do NOT like anything that is mainstream but this is probably the first mainstream album wether hiphop or pop, to come out in the last 10 years that I can actually say that I can actually listen to without cringing or wanting to jump off a bridge.
Statement Piece. Over and out. But still legit.