If you have a radio and a TV, then there’s a pretty good chance that you know about the junk that they call mainstream music nowadays. In Part one of this written documentary, we’ll be examining what truly defines good music and bad music.
If you have a radio and a TV, then there’s a pretty good chance that you know about the junk that they call mainstream music nowadays. Gone are the good old days of harmonic elements, soulful sounds, smooth beats, cool rhymes, and that whole feel-good element. They’ve been replaced by auto-tune, techno and electronic influenced sounds. Let’s not forget boring music videos where girls with no class wear practically nothing and artists perform against uninteresting backgrounds. The music artists that exist in today’s era are blindly copying each other’s trends instead of delivering something new to the table.
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You could argue that I have a case of “Every old generation hates the music of the new generation”, but quite frankly, that statement is a stereotype that is just as bad as “all black people like hot sauce”. I’m a 90’s baby, I was born in 1985, I love the 80’s, the 90’s, and some of the early 00’s the best. As for the 50’s, 60’s, and ’70s, I respect those decades because that’s where music’s early beginnings came from — Pop, Rock and Roll, Soul, etc. Many of those elements are still seen in today’s music.
But shouldn’t I despise music from all of those different eras, according to that stereotype? My point is that there’s many teenagers today that prefer the old school music over the new school, therefore I don’t think the “Every old generation hates the music of the new generation” holds up at all. Music is music, but the truth is that you can’t polish a turd.
Before I dive any further into this, let’s define what good and bad music really is. Is it a matter of opinion? Well, that plays some part in it, but that’s not completely what defines it. While I wouldn’t consider myself a full-blown expert in music, I think I understand this better than many of the young people today who think Lil’ Wayne is God’s greatest gift to music. Whether you’re talking about good music or bad music, there’s two types of songs — There’s the meaningful song that tells a story (i.e. “Slippin’” by DMX) and then there’s the feel-good song that is purely meant to make you dance (i.e. “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” by Will Smith).