Popular music today lacks creativity

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By Jarrod Leicher | Journalist

Popular music has continued to decline in quality. The lack of creativity among the music topping the charts worsened over the course of production, and recording is increasingly limited in just a few styles.

The music that is popular today has become so indistinct and created an industry where music is much less diverse in terms of style, skill, and experimental qualities. Especially in hip-hop and rap, it has become that style which has become mainstream, where the biggest differences in the songs are only the vocals of the singers. All instruments sound the same or at least are very similar. The drums have the same fast hi-hat, the bass is still just bass and rumbles without any tones in the mix.

The production has become so much more rudimentary, where they just plug in fake drums, bass, sample guitar, piano or whatever. Sampling has become a way to have a beat already made so they don’t have to create one themselves. I’m not saying sampling in general is negative, but it has shifted from using samples creatively to using all of the rhythm uncut and boosted bass.

Creativity is still alive in the music industry but it’s not what dominates the charts, and the majority of people don’t appreciate it as much. When instruments are made on a computer, creativity is simply turned into a cut and paste song that takes much of the talent out of the song-making process.

About a year and a half ago, I went to a 21 Savage concert, and it was just disappointing. The only people on stage were 21 and his DJ. The DJ was basically playing the music on one track, and 21 rapping live. It was basically watching 21 Savage doing karaoke for an hour and a half. But everyone in the audience was having a great time because they didn’t care.

Since people don’t care, the music has become more stagnant, and the new music is either nostalgic or the same rap and hip-hop that has been going on for 10 years.

But it was easily predictable because that’s what the industry wants; because it brings in money. When these new songs have 10 or more different people credited as the authors of a song, it’s pretty safe to assume that it will be a hugely commercial song that will appeal to a lot of people but also be the least revolutionary. for progress. art.

New music isn’t bad, it just isn’t improving because the industry won’t actively improve it, and people don’t want something better. And I’m not even going to talk about the mumbling rappers.


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