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.