I posted a tweet the other day about a conversation I had with someone about rappers, J. Cole in particular, giving too much of a “message” for people to actually vibe to it. I tweeted, “somebody told me J.Cole music got too much of a message to vibe to? So yall would rather hear shit with no substance? Just wondering.” I was amazed at the feedback I got.
“Bruh fuck a J Cole track! Nigga always talking about some soft shit! He a female rapper.” -@2CupHuff
“Some of these rappers be tryna be too conscious and sensitive these days. Get your panties out your skirt, B, and just make some records.” -@BeatsByDSims
I did a little playful back and forth with these two and even though it was all in fun, it really got me thinking. Do we really not even want to hear lyrical substance in our music? I’m the type of person to appreciate different types of music for different reasons. I can get with a Gucci song just as much as a song by The Roots. I love that some artists make mostly club bangers, or tracks we get crunk too. I love artists that rap about their lifestyles so that people can relate. Thats what making music is all about, telling stories. So I’m not knocking the non-lyrical music. But we all don’t relate to the same things. Although I’ve seen a lot of things and know about a lot, I haven’t lived the life that some of these rappers talk about. So, no, I don’t relate to the “trap”, I don’t sell drugs, drive overpriced cars, and where flashy chains. So when somebody like J. Cole starts rappin about the couple facing a pregnancy and abortion, or being in college and having dreams… somebody like me can relate more to that. It’s not about being sensitive or emotional, its about telling your story and finding people who relate. I understand messin with some artists more than others, but to not like a song because it has a message is so backwards to me. People are taking these songs and trying to live the life these rappers claim to live and its causing destruction in the community. Although I can vibe to the songs just because they put me in a mood when I want to go out or have fun, I hate the fact that they promote a lifestyle thats causing much more negative than positive. And besides, J.Cole is a beast with the lyrics and wordplay! I don’t care what kind of hits Future and Gucci make, rap is nothing without lyrical content. None of your favorite thug rappers can mess with J.Cole or Drake when it comes to rapping, so there.