What Happened To Good Music?


Good music has always been a part of my life, but I’ve noticed within the past decade a serious downgrade in the artists that are getting signed to major labels.  To be frank; there simply is no GREAT TALENT out there.  Just average singers with more gimmick than substance.  There are a few notables, but when was the last time you felt AWE–like back in the day?

There was a time when singers, particularly the super talented superstars like Prince,Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Sade, Babyface, TLC, Toni Braxton, En Vogue, Brownstone, Boyz II Men, Tupac, Ice Cube, NWA, Geto Boyz, Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Gang Starr, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Mint Conditioned, R. Kelly, Notorious B.I.G., Lauren Hill, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, EPMD, Wu Tang Clan, Guy, et al., Black music was relentless and dominated 20 years ago.  But not anymore.

The people that were in the business back in the nineties have now either left or ventured into other areas of the business.

Napster changed the game.  It truly did.  Music has not been the same since.  Can’t blame the fans.  They had been telling the music industry through slow sales that they needed to “up” their game.  They were slow to respond; Napster woke them up. Link: http://entertainment.lilithezine.com/Napster-Revolution.html  And downloading music soon became the norm.  It literally killed the CD market and forced music stores to shut down.

But how can we demand better talent?  We can literally change the music industry by simply embracing artists that reflect the quality we expect.


There are many underground artists that don’t get any recognition, but fans that are tuned in know about them.  Like Kindred The Family Soul and Raashan Patterson, Anthony David, Ledisi, to name a few.

Music gives us joy and improves the environment.  I just can’t fathom that one day, this may be a thing of the past if things don’t change.


2 comments on “What Happened To Good Music?

  1. Adeen says:

    Good article but I disagree that there isn’t any good artists out there. I know today’s mainstream artists are terrible such as Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Lil Wayne etc but there is some good music underground if you look hard enough.

    Honestly I do agree that the older singers Whitney, MJ etc were the best. They are all that I listen to really. I can’t stand today’s mainstream music,


  2. I’m 16 and the black kids I know and myself are starting to listen to old music and ignoring modern music…most of the ppl I know listening to mainstream rap now are white kids…
    I’m listening to all the artists you just named, that’s most of my iPad music right there lol, no joke…
    A good modern rapper,would be j.cole, but ever since he started speaking the truth, they don’t play him as much anymore…they don’t like BP saying positive things! Especially rappers unless their white…y’know like that bad rapper Macklemore


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