Here is the thing about hip-hop… just like other music genres, some of it is great and some of it is terrible. This writer does enjoy listening to the likes of Future, Lil Wayne, and Kendrick Lamar on occasion and has listened to hip-hop and rap since childhood. Think Tupac, Ice Cube, A Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, and Snoop Doggy Dogg among others.
Whether Future, Lil Wayne, or Kendrick Lamar would like to admit it, their music is now popular and their lyrics can and should be open to scrutiny. These men are making a lot of money, and essentially it’s not only because their great at their craft, but also because they are surrounded by extremely smart individuals in the music industry. The human being that signed these three men when they were on their way up is financially rich. The company that signed them has the funds and resources to not only promote albums and songs, but also to get you to listen and buy into it. And yes, believe this statement or not… there is a billionaire named Lucian Grainge, who is making money hand over fist, not only for himself but for his stockholders as well.
And that is just a small part of the music industry… if you are a high school rapper and you think you are great and should be famous, record an album in your mother’s basement and promote it yourself. Better yet, try your luck at a local rap battle and see how you do. And don’t be afraid to get booed off stage either. It has happened to the best of artists and it will happen again. Lastly, do yourself a favor and at least listen to the music of Mike Will Made It, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Lil Wayne… you will not be disappointed.