Trust me I know what’s best for you and this music today is not. Yea sure, when you go out with your friends there are just times when you may need to be “cooking up dope in the crockpot” or need to associate with “no frauds”. Eh, but If I could be honest though, that nudge and dissatisfaction you feel with overused lyrics and lack of realness is due to the fact that I think we need a Lauryn Hill…our generation I mean. Just think about it.
Your Conscious Self
This is the letter I’d made to myself. These are the thoughts that creep into my mind ever so often when I’m listening to the radio. The music industry went from real love and dropping gems to selling sex and drugs and the crazy part is we listen to it, we buy the albums, and we embrace the tomfoolery as if it is real life…forgetting that it is just music.
I don’t believe that all artists make songs so that you may act like the songs, but I do believe that some do. I lot of times the music they make tells us to never love, never trust, slang dope, kill a fraud, and oh yeah females are b*tches who are only good for selling their bodies. The love is gone, the respect is lost, and people, especially our generation, think this is life. Meanwhile, the same artist has a wife or husband and has never sold drugs. At some point we all, artists included, must realize that music influences a nation.
For that reason, I personally think we need a Lauryn Hill. Her wisdom resonated through her music bringing her to legendary status. It made me realize that we could drop gems and scriptures on beats and still sell out shows. It made me realize that music is supposed to inspire more than anything. Now again don’t get me wrong, those other songs are needed on certain occasions like at parties. (I can’t twerk to Lauryn Hill’s Nothing Even Matters lol). However, when it comes to realness or how I want to really live my life, I could never follow Future’s example through music. It’s important to realize that all music ain’t real and all music doesn’t inspire. Let me give you a few examples:
Future’s Mask Off: “Percocets molly, Percocets molly, Percocets rep the set. Gotta rep the set. Chase a check. Never chase a b*itch. Mask on. F*ck it, mask off”
2 Chainz’s I Luv Dem Strippers: “Let’s play big bank take little bank. You’re looking a shark in a fish tank. When I’m in the kitchen, I make plenty cash. Tell shawty come here, she got plenty a**”
Kyle’s iSpy: “I spy with my little eye, a girlie I can get cause she don’t get too many likes. A curly-headed cutie I can turn into my wife. Wait, that means forever, ever, hold up, nevermind.”
Nicki Minaj’s Regret in Your Tears: “I’m a bad b*tch you aint use to that. You gone f*ck around and make me do you bad. Used to creep, creep with you in the back. I counted up the cash and bring you the bag”
Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop: “Showing off your a** cause you’re thinking it’s a trend. Girlfriend, let me break it down once again. You know I only say it ’cause I’m truly genuine. Don’t be a hard rock when you really are a gem. Baby girl, respect is just the minimum.”
So, in the case that we, our generation, never get this message fully, I’ll just keep saying it. I think we need a Lauryn Hill.