What Happened To Good Black 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.  Then came Itunes.  But as with all technology, this too is on its way out because of music playlist sites like Pandora and Iheartradio.  Sirius will probably soon replace traditional radio stations in the near future. Honestly, there are many different ways to listen to music these days.  But nothing can replace quality music–no matter how its played.

But how can we demand better talent if so many people keep buying bad music by mediocre artists?

I chuckle as I think back to when I was young and my parent’s generation hated my generation’s music.  After all, they grew up with the Motown sound, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, to name a few…and that music inspired music for the seventies generation, which inspired mine.  All without a doubt GREAT MUSIC.

However, if music reflects the culture, then this generation is dead.  The music being put out absolutely is forgettable.

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, Anthony Hamilton, David Alexander, and Raashan Patterson 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.

 

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23 comments on “What Happened To Good Black Music?

  1. retroamp says:

    Hi from Australia.
    I am a n old white guy born in the early fifties and as long as I can remember the music that black americans made made was and is my favourite.From the early r&b and rock and roll of Little Richard and Fats Domino ect. a spark was ignited in me to me to find out mre and hear everything that formed a path from blues to hip hop.One of the reasons that British and Aussie people appreciated the sounds of black America was it just sounded great.The Rolling Stones and the Beatles covered heaps of early rock and blues and gave many artists a new lease on life inour respective countries.
    I bought every record I could lay my hands on and marveled at the beautiful people on the covers.When Maurice White died early this year I shed a tear as his music was part of my youth and early manhood.I do security at a club on the weekend and work the r&b room.Profanity and all that gangsta stuff seems to be whats in now.But you can hear the roots.The great Curtis Mayfield sampled by Kanye who also sampled Otis.These younger guys know what is truly great. You can’t bring back the past but ….shit …I still play those records and dance my arse off when no ones watching.

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  2. malvrich says:

    Resurrecting…
    Black music had gone to shit well before the 1990s. It died in the ’80s thanks first to crossover and then to the proliferation of hip hop. It was flushed down the shitter for good in the ’90s due to the overpromotion of utterly talentless “artists” like Mary J. Blige who relied completely on production (anyone heard her “sing” live?). It’s all been the same shit recycled ad nauseum from then on. Like Adeen said, there is nothing left on black radio for me.

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    • truthangel07 says:

      I loved the music in the 90’s–there was more to listen to then Mary J. Blige, but for me, by 2000,l that was the end. In 2013, not one Black artist charted on Billboard–the first time in history.

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  4. Adeen says:

    The record companies took over our music and started to promote gangsta Rap. It was then that Rap music took a turn for the worst. Now we have all these negative rappers such as Lil Wayne promoting drugs, illicit sex etc in their music. Positive Black rappers like Immortal Technique aren’t promoted in mainstream media because it doesn’t appeal to the brainwashed masses of young people. Negative rappers like Lil Wayne are popular because their music helps promotes a negative image of Black people and appeals to the younger generation.
    And don’t get me started on R&B. R&B went down the drain after the 1990s. Real Soul music is pretty much gone. It is replaced by soulless, repetitive Pop music. It is sad.

    These days, today’s Rap and R&B has gotten so bad that I listen to Classic Rock, older R&B like Chaka Khan, Diana Ross etc and oldies. I can’t listen to today’s mainstream music. I don’t like it.

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    • truthangel07 says:

      You know something, Adeen…I believe you are a leader for your generation. I’m going to encourage you to start blogging; creating a niche for like-minded people like yourself. You never know…you could be the next MARK ZUCKERBERG.

      Think about it… 🙂

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  5. originalwoman13 says:

    @mstoogood4yall

    You said: “The music industry has taken the soul out of music, they have taken the struggle and emotions out of it”

    Not only that the music post 90s and early 2000s was and is CORNY. My cousin was telling me about some “artist” who made some song that’s out now in which he talkin’ about “knockin a p***y out”….CORNY! He couldn’t come no better than that? Just shows a lack of talent.

    You said: ” There is still some good music u have to dig for it though. I love old school music .the 90′s and a bit of the early 2000s was the last of good music on the radio.”

    The old school rap/hip hop & r &b is what I also listen to ; it makes me feel goood and takes me back to my childhood and teen years.

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    • truthangel07 says:

      I do too. I listen to the oldies.

      It makes me laugh when I think about how when I was younger, how my parents hated rap/Hip Hop. Now look at us…

      Everything comes around I guess…

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      • Adeen says:

        But today’s mainstream Hip POP crap is horrible! I swear! Even at my young age, I listen to oldies, older R&B and Classic Rock

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  6. The music industry has taken the soul out of music, they have taken the struggle and emotions out of it. The real artists are not famous, they are on youtube and soundcloud. There is still some good music u have to dig for it though. I love old school music .the 90’s and a bit of the early 2000s was the last of good music on the radio.

    They can’t have conscious soulful artists on the radio and tv, because our image is broadcast all over, they don’t want people to appreciate our music, they want people to be entertained by the coonery and buffoonery that these so called artists sing and rap about nowadays. To them we are just entertainment not to be taken seriously, when soul music and rap first came out they hated it and called it all kinds of racist derogatory names, now they are trying to confirm that by putting these soulless sellouts out there to represent black music.

    And music has always been an important part of our culture, music has always been used by black folks to express what we feel and go through, it has been a way of escaping and confronting the different things we go through. Now it is just used to escape and there is no confronting or addressing real life issues. I listen to old school music and what they sang about was love, change, hope, losing someone, poverty, mothers, etc, all the things that were relatable and told a story from our point of view.

    The artists nowadays sing about sex, drugs, alcohol, money, cars, etc, all materialistic things. all things that feed into stereotypes about black folks being nymphos, money hungry, big and bad, and doing drugs, so when u have those things representing our culture, people assume that is how we act. music is powerful it can change ur mood, it can make u happy, sad, loving, peaceful, the music industry does not want that, they want people to feel one of the most powerful addicting thing of all which is instant gratification.

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  7. originalwoman13 says:

    @ Truthangel07

    As you know, a lot of people believe that there is more to the deaths of Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston, Tupac and others than the mainstream media is telling as well as mainstream radio’s success at ignoring and shutting out truly talented artists like Lauren Hill, Brand Nubian,TLC and many others. Many believe this is truly a DELIBERATE attempt to control and/or destroy black music.

    From what I understand from various sources, this plan came into the making 20 years ago and has come to pass in the last decade as you have stated above. I remember on some music news website a year or two ago (don’t remember what site it was and wish I could retrieve it so that you can read the letter) the site administrator posted a letter for readers from an anonymous industry insider talking about a meeting that took place between big industry execs and their subordinates (20 years ago) in which they discussed how they was going to downgrade music in order to “dumb down” (or should we say dumb up) society, especially targeting the youth.
    The anonymous writer spoke of how he/she and their other subordinates were held at gunpoint in the room and told that if they told this info they and their loved ones would be punished, possibly by death. smh. Now some people might think that there was nothing to what this person was saying, but from what I researched on what happens behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, I ( and others who’ve read the letter) believe that such a meeting may have very well took place.

    Another thing, I notice that a lot of these sellout negros are just giving our divine musical talent away to Satan all in the name of so-called “multiculturalism.” I recall Jay-Z saying years ago that hip hop has done more to “unite” the races than the civil rights movement. smh. Talk about major illusions of grandeur. Many of us know that anything white people touch goes from sugar to shit. Their taking our music and taking the spirit and soul out of it. The only thing that will save black music (along with us and other aspects of black culture) from being completely destroyed is artists like Anthony Hamilton, Lauren Hill, Brand Nubian,and others with the help of Almighty God.

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  8. I have noticed that with the downgrade in music we also have a downgrade in behavior. And that SoulTrain header you up is the best documentary on Black music out. Next to Wattstaxx.

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  9. Tyrone says:

    @Truthangel07

    Radio killed black music in the US. All of us are aware of the pay for play dynamic that killed music diversity. Stations played the same 10 or 12 songs the entire day…Boooring! As you stated Sis, we have lost many of the greats too soon…Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Curtis Mayfield, Phyllis Hyman, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Barry White, Roger Troutman, and many more. That’s a devastating body blow Sis. I watch “Unsung” on TVOne, very informative series. Young sistas and brothas are woefully ignorant of authentic soul music. I love the Delfonics, Stylistics, Curtis Mayfield…Timeless Music! We take our culture for granted, which is why we lost jazz to white folk, as it relates to the artists and fanbase…Sad!

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    • truthangel07 says:

      I remember many weekends with family listening to all of that great music. We had so much fun at those gatherings.

      *Listeing to R. Kelly “You Remind Me Of My Jeep” right now… 🙂

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