Did you know that about 70% of everyone on the planet who types a “did you know” sentence actually doesn’t know? Believe it or not, it is actually very true. Take me for example, I thought I knew which way was best to start this article but as it turns out, I don’t and as such, I went on ahead to pull a random number straight out of thin air and fed that piece of information to you. Strange is what it is that if you put that same number into a well-constructed broadcast with just the right amount of grammatical errors, a few more unproven stats and you send it to an average African (or more specifically, Nigerian) parent, they would believe it and share to everyone on their contact list.
To be very honest, a whole lot of us don’t really know a lot. As such, when we find someone who seems to know what they’re doing or saying, we believe them and sometimes even look to them for guidance.
It might be what you call a flaw in our make. It is why girls would fall for a guy who is really confident and full of swagger but in all honesty, is near retardation. It is why African parents would broadcast a message because it is credited to some unknown doctor or security agent. It is also for that reason that we would listen to a bunch of people who are not so smart – to put mildly – say things that are quite stupid but still allow it to influence our lifestyle just because they’re famous.
Why? Because they seem to know what they’re doing, that’s why! I mean, if they didn’t know what they were doing, they wouldn’t be rich and famous, would they? They wouldn’t be on television and have their albums go triple platinum would they? If you haven’t figured it out already, the thing that’s been on my mind lately is the music industry. It’s not your fault though. I have made it a habit not to be too direct with my topic introductions. Some like it, some don’t. Either way, I’ll probably still do it again.
No, don’t get me wrong. I am no critic. That would mean that I have been able to do just as good or perhaps even better than these artists or forms of music I’m talking about. No, I am definitely not a music genius. I can hardly tap my fingers on a table and make a beat that would be danceable for more than two minutes. However, that doesn’t stop me from sharing my opinion, does it?
The music industry today isn’t exactly what it used to be. It has become so saturated that the good ones are actually starting to seem like the minority. It is a well-known fact that music has a certain effect on people. What people of this generation would call “a vibe”. It sympathizes with you when you’re sad and dances (or twerks – ‘cause I don’t see some people being able to do any other thing than that) with you when you’re happy. It influences your thoughts and even your decisions sometimes and you can’t really say why. You don’t question it. We don’t question it, we just go with the flow.
Everyone is aware of this, including the artists who go on ahead to put out music these days and that makes me wonder why they still put out what could easily pass for trash music. They know that their songs influence the society and yet, they still sing about abusing drugs and make it sound cool. They still sing about sexual harassment and make it sound cool. They sing about blindly pursuing money without having so much as a plan on how to actually make that money.
It isn’t all artists that are like this, though. There are still quite a number of them who put in thought and effort into their songs in terms of punchlines and actual content but they seem to be getting overshadowed by those who don’t have anything to say besides talking about how horny they are, how bad they are on the streets and how much money they have or they want to make. Sad, isn’t it?
It wouldn’t say well of me to just go on ahead talking about the negative side without talking about the good side too. Among them are people like Eminem. Not a lot of people listen to him and that only goes to buttress my point. Sure, there are times that he just makes music for the sake of the vibe but there are also times that he talks about real issues that the society is facing. A good example of that would be found in his song – “Untouchable” – where he spoke about racism even though he probably has never been a victim of it, being a white boy. Another example is J. Cole. I honestly don’t feel I need to explain this part about J. Cole. KOD speaks for him.
Enough about these foreign artists however. Their issues aren’t quite the same as ours. There are good artists in Nigeria as well. Talk about Falz and the latest album he just released – Moral Instruction. I’m sure you didn’t expect me to skip that. In that album, he singlehandedly went and preached against the issues we have here in Nigeria. Talk about Simi as well who constantly puts out good music. They might not always be socio-political revolution songs but they don’t influence negatively either. Talk about Adekunle Gold. In all honesty, I haven’t listened to as many of his songs as the next guy but one of the things I heard him say in his song – “Ire” – that struck me was:
“The grass is greener when you water the ground…”
I don’t know about you guys but that made a lot of sense to me. These guys and many others are those who have/are making effort to actually put out good music and not just sing about sex, money and being the baddest guy.
To be honest, I am not entirely sure what the purpose of this article is. Perhaps I want to draw your attention to a couple of things that have drawn my attention or maybe I just wanted to say what is on my mind. Like most of the world and a couple of people reading this as well, I do not know. However, take what you will from this article. If you are an artist, sing good music. And I mean good in every sense of the word. If you’re not one, pick your songs carefully. Don’t let yourself get influenced by all the bull crap that seems to have taken love out of the air.
On that note – whichever note that way – I would like to end this article but like I said in the second paragraph, there are a lot of things we don’t know. I for one don’t know what you feel about this article and I would like to be educated. What are your opinions? What type of music do you listen to? If you could remove a genre of music from the music industry, which would it be? Let me know in the comment section.
Irewole says PEACE!!!