Is It Because I’m Getting Old or Is Music Just Really Bad These Days?

January 23, 2012 ‐ By Charing Ball

"nicki minaj"

by Charing Ball

I was 15 at the time when my dad decided that he wanted to have a impromptu heart to heart while sitting in his car outside of his house.  I was visiting him for the summer in his home of Harrisburg, which is about 100 miles away from my home base of Philadelphia.  Since I only got to see my father once or twice a year, he was taken aback by a number of changes I had undergone since our last visit. At that age, we were virtual strangers to each other. He couldn’t understand my style of dress, my choice of slang and why I chose to sit in the house instead of  going out and, in his words, do something.  However, his lecture for that early evening zeroed in on my taste of music.

“You know, one day you are going to realize that all that rap stuff just isn’t real music,” he said, as he pulled the car up to the curb. “You are going to recognize that this is just a phase and that you will grow up and have better taste in music. It’s time to mature and let go of all this hip hop stuff.” I remember I was angry with my dad.  I didn’t understand where any of this was coming from. And I felt really defensive for the way in which he had nonchalantly dismissed my choice of music because it didn’t fit his ideals of real music.  But being a typical teenager, riddled with teenage angst and the inability to express thoughts outside of sucking teeth and a blase “whatever,” I just roll my eyes and hummed the lyrics to Wu Tang’s Protect Ya Neck.

Nineteen years later, I’m driving my own car now, and despite my dad’s calculations, still banging with hip-hop. However I’d be lying if I said that I’m still that 15-year-old kid.  As I’m in my car, listening to Nicki Minaj do voice fluctuations through Stupid Hoe on the radio, I can hear my dad’s voice in my head asking, is this what we call music now?

I want to give Minaj the benefit of the doubt, mainly because she is the only female emcee repping in a world heavily laced with testosterone.  So I have tried very hard to like her music. I really have. Her weird, childish animations and voices and her eccentric outfits and performances appealed to the quirky Black girl in me, who wished she had the guts to walk around in colorful wigs and pink tutus. But listening to her mocking the “nappy headed,” in contrast of her kitchen being “good” and calling another female rapper that “n****’s monkey,” doesn’t sit well with me. All I can think about is the message that it sends to young black girls everywhere and that little girl with the big voice on Ellen, who happily belted out Super Bass along side her idol.

Back in the day, although there weren’t many of them, there was more of a female presence in the rap game. We could justify Lil Kim and Foxy as the bad girls because we also had Missy Elliot, Da Brat and Left Eye, keeping it fun and fluffy.  But today’s hip-hop lacks a diverse representation of feminine viewpoints.  We are left to reluctantly wave our hands as we strain to listen and lip sync to questionable lyrics like, “If you cute than a cuckoo roll. If you se*y eat my cuckoo roll. Put ya cape on, you a super hoe. 2012, I’m at the Superbowl.”  I have no idea what that is suppose to mean, or if she even says this, but that’s how these ears heard it.

And I’m not laying all the blame on the shoulders of Minaj. I’m willing to say that I do harbor a deep resentment of most of today’s popular music. R&B lacks soul; hip-hop lacks authencity and the lyrics of both genres are more shallow and nonsensical than ever.

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  • yotam

    metal and some rock music is the only thing that havent lost it in the yeras like deep purple is nearly 50 years old and iron maiden and all things like that and see how people saty fans and love those bands even after all that time and still going to shows and even buying the cds

  • Painted Bunting

    I think the focus needs to be on what has happened to industry. I would argue that the collapse of MTV in the late-nineties, along with the rise of mp3 downloading, the music industry imploded. Techy advocates (uber happy with their free/pirated playlists) argue that all change is good and part of Darwinism; but, I would argue that, as flawed as the cronyism of the old record label doctrine was, the suits had it down to a science which promoted more legitimate artists/musicians. Now, it is all about shock value, from the song to the video, the release has no horizon in sight beyond “today”. The envelope needs to be continually pushed to snag enough views/listens. After nearly 12 years of this, an entirely new generation/market of kids have grown up without a musical culture, and it is they who will determine what is played. So we needn’t be surprised when current artists favor random vocalized sounds in place of broken lyrics, leaving the poetry of yesteryear six feet under. As for instruments, it is more about posing with a guitar strapped around you than actually knowing how to play anything. Many “artists” nowadays should be ashamed at their instrumental ability, but that is another subject.

  • Gen Y

    Not True! I’ll admit, the mainstream music is not fun to listen to, but I don’t think songs by Nicki Minaj or by other rappers is meant for the lyrics than it is for the sound effect – to get you moving. However, there are tons of great songs out there, you just have to look for them. Ex:
    waiting on the world to change – john mayer, Move along – all american rejects ,
    You found me – the fray,
    life in technicolor ii – coldplay,
    and the list goes on and on.

  • cteeny21

    A little late here, but I loved this article. I just recently turned 30 and I can’t stand most of the music these days. I find myself searching for 90’s stations, which is the era of when music started to die. I dabbled a little in rap, but I was more into rock and R&B. I agree that R&B, if you can call it that, these days has no soul. I remember singing at the top of my longs because of how a song moved me. I can’t do that with today’s music. I also think they are playing way too much dance music. I love these songs when I am in a club, bar, or any other social gathering, but I can’t handle listening to so many dance songs everyday. Nicki Minaj is terrible! I don’t get the hype. And please please please, can we outlaw auto tune!?!? Bring back the instruments and great performers.

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  • tastythoughts

    your daddy was a smart man…but aside from that the music of today sucks

  • Dani

    Im born in 83, wutang, snoop and a few other rap, punk albums were the first one´s I bought. I used to skate to these tunes, today I listen to them and damn I feel old. It´s like years just vanished by. And when I google these artist´s and their age my stomach turns. Some are pushing in to their 50´s. Man time goes by fast. When I listen to these beats today I listen to them as an adult, the tunes are phat, dont get me wrong. But singing hoe´s, crack, money and stuff like that doesn´t do it for me anymore. When I was a kid it was awesome, I wanted to be a thug. HAHA, na Im back at school and feeling sorry for all the kids growing up today! They really missed out on a time that was really the gem in hip hop. Today´s music is just manufactured. That´s why Im digging in to old roots, jazz, reggae and so on. There are good artist´s out there so dont get me wrong, Im no hater!  I guess kids are too occupied with Iphones and games and such so the community is lost, kids don´t bound in the same way anymore- the way punk, hiphop, reggae was born. The only reason subcultures exist today is because of money. Not because kids start a community. Last thing that was born and later died was the strokes and their retro thing. I hope that some kid out there will be digging into what I was listening to or doing something new. To me, those were precious days. I hope that someone can relate. If I would be able to go back, I probably would just to experience the ol´days. Can you guy´s believe it, it was 20 years ago! 

  • Angr30

    Nah, you’re not not getting old. Music today is just shocking. I’m really happy that R&B has gone mainstream and the artists are getting their props and people are making money; but a lot of the music produced today just lacks soul. R&B singers sound like pop singers, the beats are dreary and predictable and lyrics are diabolical! Thankfully they are still some great singers on the margin – Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Tank, Christte Michele. And don’t get me started on rap! Nicki Minaj is soooo overated but I live in hope that her ‘success’ will lead to a host of new female rappers. 

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  • umpaloomp

    Tell me something good!  Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan!  Still waters run deep (4 Tops).  
    I Can’t Get Next to You (Temps and the Rev.) Neither one of us wants to say Goodbye (Jenn and Gladys and the Pips) and just What Does it Take to Win your Love for Me? (Jr. Walker, et al) Go on and Close the Door, baby!  (TeddyP.)  Enough said?  Find these songs and listen.  Throw in some Sly and the Family…Que Sera Sera. Compare to what’s on your radio.
    Some ok music today.  I want to support our musicians.  Just can’t listen to what they are producing. Mercy, Mercy.

  • Is It 5:00 Yet?

    Everyone today is trying to outdo each other instead of sticking true to their craft and artistic purposes.

  • Is It 5:00 Yet?

    I clicked on that Lucille Bogan link. WOW!!!! My grandparents weren’t so innocent….

    To be honest in my opinion, the mainstream music today is kind of bad and lacks creativity, soul, and effort. Least the mainstream music in my parents day and were composed of artists who put much effort into their music.

  • Iceburg3000

    ………mainstream music is bad. And it doesn’t help that artists are tryna keep up in the rat race by compromising their sound, and vision so things look and sound the same. Music was, has been, is, and will always be music. You gotta siphon through a lot of BS to get to what you like. I will always keep faith in music, because the internet and underground artist showcasing sites to get mixtapes etc is my stream of sonic sanity.

  • I use to think the same thing. I can not stand today’s music. Honestly it all sound the same to me. That’s why i love Pandora on my iPod I lisent to all the old school REAL music like Anita Baker, Kool and the gang and so on…

  • Senegalese French

    I am 27 and  I do agree with you: today’s music is more than bad.
    In my ipod, I listen old music from 60’s too early 2000 and I miss the music of those days.

  • Senegalese French

    I am 27 and  I do agree with you: today’s music is more than bad.
    In my ipod, I listen old music from 60’s too early 2000 and I miss the music of those days.

    • Is It 5:00 Yet?

      That was the best music!

    • Low Profile

      I am around your age and I Totally miss the music of those days!! It is literally Sad when you think about what happened to our music. I miss Master P, Silkk the Shocker, Ginuine, Missy,Aaliyah,Total, SWV, 2Pac, Biggie, and the list goes on and on. All I listen to now is music from the 60’s-early 2000’s and basically those artists what I listed.

  • Slapboxxboy

    Ya’ll are hating. I mean music has never been better. You know the song ain’t good if less then five people die in the first verse. or a chic getting banged out by the choris. my one year daughter loves to shake it like a salt shaker. 

  • Usuc4545

    music has become less about the art of music and more about selling music. The reason why music sounds so bland right now is becase All the artists are trying to appeal to people across the globe. not specificallly all people but young kids and teenagers because they will shell out $180 for tickets to see Bieber and then they’ll buy t-shirts, posters, toys, and the perfume. Artist today are not just artists, they are franchises. music is about how much can you sell nowadays. Its less about Quality and more about Quantity now. Thats why Superbass has more views than some classic Stevie Wonder songs.

    • Low Profile

      You have spoken the Truth!!! I really wish that we could get a lot of this “mess” off of our radio stations!!!

  • Melissa Hyles

    Good article but maybe your next article can be about some new artists that are worth listening too… the search for good music won’t be so hard if we collectively blast the up and coming worthy ones!

    • chaka1

       I fully support your comment. 🙂

  • 90s baby :)

    ok im not “old” but im old enough that music today really is horrinble! Old school music is where its at !

  • I’ll only give credit to the beats of her songs, because Super Bass is pretty catchy, but her lyrics are garbage and I can’t stand her over-exaggerated look. Music isn’t bad nowadays, but there’s always going to be exceptions.

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  • seek2027

    Music is bad these days i am at a lost for words but at the same time the artist think that they are so hot. Just because you sold 2 mill dont mean that you are hot you can still be full of ish

  • tastythoughts

    nah music sucks!!!!!!!!!!!! i miss the late 80’s and early 90s…when everyone wasnt famous and trying to push out a record in record time….music meant something had a message…even dancehall has fallin off a bit……thats why i stick with neosoul…..its seems to be one of the only genre’s left that mean something. 

    • Low Profile

      I agree with you “Neo-Soul” is the only thing that’s out now a days that sounds good. Music now a days is just cooked up trash!!!

  • AMEN….the music played mainstream today is all mass produced auto tuned garbage…but you can still find good vibes on indie websites and sites where newbies and virtual unknowns post their own mixtapes…

  • I am 26 and music now is Cabbage and not the good kind 🙂

  • LaMish237

    NeoSoul artists are the only ones worth a listen. 
    I mean, I’m not gonna lie, I have few Beuonce songs ans few ignorant raps in my ipod but neosoul,  african and some italian music is basically all what you’re going to find there

    ps: I was born in 1992 in Italy from african parents, just to let you know lol

  • Jasmyn

    Music today is just horrible. I find myself listening to anything BUT what is playing today. I can’t take it! It makes me wonder though, what happens when we get old (the twenty-somethings) and they put out a compilation CD and what we have to represent is Lil Wayne, LMFAO craziness? There’s not one song out there that I can say I relate to because the artist is either dead (e.g. Michael Jackson) or irrelevant for the current time (e.g. Lauryn Hill). 

    BTW…Stupid Hoe video was like a mashup of RIhanna, SHakira and a lot of other mess that didn’t make sense. I’ve never been so confused about a music video in my life. The song is just as bad!

  • Ange248

    There are still some real musicians around like Maxwell who is simply superb. I also enjoy listening to Jennifer Hudson’s music. Brandy is also one of my all-time favourites and I cannot wait for her next album. Although I like a few of Rihanna’s songs, I think she really exemplifies the problem of the music industry today; style over substance. There are many singers more talented than her but because she is promoted almost to the exclusion of talented vocalists, they are rarely heard. Jill Scott is also one of the best artists of the last decade, she is sensational. While she does sell records, it’s never as much as people who I feel are less talented, like Nicki Minaj.

  • FromUR2UB

    Yes.  I’m getting old, AND music sucks these days.  Rather, the music you hear everywhere sucks.  There are still some people out there, SECRETLY making good music.

  • JMogul

    It seems like the great soulful music these days is coming from white people like Alan Thicke and Adele.  It seems as if the Black Artist are on a pop kick and the music is not coming from a real place.  There are a  few Black artists doing good things, John Legend being one of them.  But too few and far in between.

    • Ange248

      I like Robin Thicke but I feel that society at large seems more impressed by white artists singing soul. I would rate artists such as Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson, Sade and Ledisi as far superior to Adele. Jill Scott’s songwriting and soulful singing is unmatched for me. But if she releases an album people are so blase about it. When Adele releases something people are spinning out of control. I find her music ok to listen to but nothing extraordinary when compared to the black female vocalists I have mentioned. Also I don’t think it is totally down to white people, I think black people overly embrace white artists that sing a little bit of soul at the expense of extraordinary vocalists like Jennifer Hudson and Jill Scott.

      • JMogul

        I did mean Robin Thicke 🙂  I disagree with your statement that “black peopIe overly embrace white artists singing soul.” I guess the problem could be that the artists that you mentioned do not get the kind of exposure as their white counterparts.  Their music is not given enough air time on any stations so it could be that when you hear the “Adeles and Joss Stones” and you love soul music it can seem as if they are the only ones singing it in mainstream media and radio.  As a side note, I love Jill Scott, but I have not liked her latest music much, JHud has an AMAZING voice but I am not feeling her song choices, Sade is great , and I do not follow Ledisi.  Thanks for your feedback.

  • devildog808

    Thank goodness for the classic jazz and r&b all music channels! If all I could hear was NM and these others I would go out of my mind! LOL

  • devildog808

    Today’s music for the most pat is a joke. This is mainly due to the lack of and limited ownership black have in the music industry. Blacks own little to nothing. Black music is being dictated by those who lack soul. VH1 Soul is not being governed by Ryan Seacrest REALLY? When you own nothing this is what you get. The only ppl that are pushed via the music media are th elikes of Justin Bieber, Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce, Jayz, LOLMF (something?), “stupid h o e” …I mean Nicki Minaj etc. In them you get all the generic music you can stomach.

    • Love_Sexy

      Agree…It is a big joke and the people you list is an example of what is being pushed strongly today.

  • newsjunkie

    I thought it was just me. I’m 20, and agree with most statements on here about how bad music has become in recent years. I’m constantly behind when it comes to the latest music, and when I do catch up I’m just blown away by how it continues to go downhill.

  • Candacey Doris

    I’m 23 and still wishing for a Fugees reunion. It’s not age, it’s the memory of better music. I miss SWV, Maxwell and Destiny’s Child so much! Most of these songs may be in the hip hop or r&b genres but they’re just like pop songs now, the pop into the hit parade and then a few weeks later they’re gone. I have to get my fix in other music genres a lot now. Norah Jones is on the playlist now…

  • And as for nicky I beleve she is just another lil kim in this generation. We knows and she knows she copies lil kim looks or maybe her manager tells her to dress that way because the emcees from the past made it through with racy lyrics and stupid looking clothing. Nicki ain even a rapper she is a popstar bc every time you turn around she is singing in a bubblgum voice and that ish is annoying and she is almost 30 with that BS. But jus watch 10 years from now she will be another washed up female emcee like Kim

  • Love_Sexy

    Music is terrible today and its getting worst by the year…….It seem like anybody can get out there and get a record deal……..Another problem is they incorporate alot of SEX into the mix….They (Hollywood) do a good job of covering the weaknesses of an artist making a mediocre singer appear as a great talent…..People eat it up…Its garbage…….Thats why I listen to alot of old music from yesterday….80s and 90s.

  • Im 19 and I agree most this music is BS the most conscious rappers we have out now is Lupe, Wale and Kanye before 808s and heartbreaks(much more but those three are my fav bc they are not for the hype ESP. Lupe and Wale). Now everyone is putting up triangles trying to get a buzz because they know everyone will be saying they are “illuminati”. Last I heard the trinagles is for my sorority Delta sigma theta. Yes we been doin it long b4 Jayz

  • A.J.

    I’m 21 and my musical tastes go back to the 1890s (ragtime, baby!). I rarely listen to today’s modern artists, and I can count on my fingers the one that I actually like. There are very few artists out today who really have the capacity to touch people with their music, and to make good quality songs.  Nicki Minaj is not only talentless, she’s classless as well, and I can’t understand how anyone would promote her.  We need to expose the youth to real music instead of this ear vomit before it’s too late.

    • FromUR2UB

      I’m glad you clarified, ‘ragtime’, because initially I thought you meant 1980s, and I was just getting ready to joke that you’re a little older than 21 if you’ve been listening to music since the 1890s,

      • A.J.

        Haha!

      • A.J.

        Haha!

    • Low Profile

      Very Well Put!!! All this music is ” EAR VOMIT” The so called artists that are out now a days are not “REAL” artists. An Artist is a person who carefully and skillfully puts something together, An Artist puts their heart into what they do!!!

  • Mrsadkiah

    I’m 19 and while I admit that I do prefer the music of the 90’s 80s, even 50’s 60’s (thanks to my mom, aunt/uncles and grandparents) but it annoys me to no end when all I see is older adult talking about how trash our music is and people around my age apparently feeling like they’re more mature than the average 19 year old b/c they claim not to like todays music. In terms of hip hop: there’s a difference between rap and hip hop. If you don’t like rap (such as myself) that’s fine but there are some wonderful hip hop artist out (Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, J. Cole, Eminem, Wale etc). And while Lauryn Hill is my absolute favorite artist of all time, I absolutely love Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry and other pop artist. I do agree with the article R&B is SLACKING. All it consist of now of days is sex, no feeling. However if one goes outside of mainstream music there are some good artist such as Elle Varner. 

    I hate that we have people like Lil Wayne, Kreyshawn, New Boyz and whatever else that I personally find ridiculous. But hey people like it. While I love lyrical, meaningful music, I’ll still jam to some Ke$ha and dance and jump around to some mindless pop. 

    The same way your parents felt about Madonna, NWA, and Bobby Brown is the same way you may feel about Gaga, Rick Ross and Chris Brown. There is no era where all the music was good to all the people. It’s always going to be like that. Just let people, young, old, Black, White, enjoy their music. You don’t like it, don’t listen to it.

    BTW, I hate Nicki Minaj. Just my opinion. 

  • Do note… If it’s not the radio, it’s rarely “Hip-Hop”. Hip Hop is a culture within itself. There’s a difference to me between hip hop and rap… I’m 20 today btw… Stopped listening to the BS that you’re talking about (Like Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, etc.) at 16. 🙂

  • Dcarter910

    Music these days is “hot garbage” at best. Just 12-15 years ago any female rapper would put these current ones to shame (Missy Elliot, D-brat, TLC, Toni Braxton, etc). And the men are even worse, what the hell is a “waka- flocka- flame” a “gucci-man” that sounds like something that needs penicillin. What is auto-tunes? I eat a bag of beans, get in my car and turn off the radio and my fart has more lyrical depth than any of these current noise makers “not to be confused with musician”   

    • TanyaMadison

      I stopped listening to the radio ages ago.  Even the DJs now and days are tired.

    • chaka1

      I listen to classic R&B, Pandora, and the talk radio stations these days. And exactly…WHAT the heck is a Wacka Flacka? Isn’t that one of the muppets? Guess I am old.

  • RedButterfly81

    OMFG, Stupid Hoe video and song made no sense. And my friends wonder why I only listen to music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

    • Love_Sexy

      Amen Sister!

  • GetOnThatActRight

    damn iPhone,all them typos!!

  • GetOnThatActRight

    no I’m young and j conpletely agree we got “the best rapper walkin around with women’s jeggings on,a swag jackin clone of lil Kim,and an actor (who is deep and a legend already) who’s emo…it’s just sad we don’t get 2pac and lil Kim’s anymore…the talent is gone

    • Netdandri

      I totally agree with your point. But who is the actor that’s emo?

      • sweettea

        Drake

  • F3ral Anarchy

    real lyricism in rap has gone into hiding, real singers have gone into hiding.  originality has taken a backseat to commercialism.  everything is cookie cut.  but honestly folks who grew up on michael jackson, prince, madonna were spoiled with pop music. the 90s gave us great pop music to follow up was nice,  but now?!  forget about it!  to have biggie, tupac, nas, wutang, souls of mischief, outkast all come out around the same year….yea we are spoiled.  lucky for me the one genre that i absolutely love has not changed a bit in 20 years….hardcore metal

  • Dragongirl

    Music is bad…..period. I was a teenager in the 80’s….and grew up on the great soul of that era as a little kid in the 70’s and I tell you…blacks have lost themselves….they have no respect for GOD, themselves or their culture anymore.  You can see it…down the drain..and the ones who are still true to the music don’t get the props that they deserve. There were so many artists back in the day…you would just keep rolling the names off of your tongue….such great, heartfelt, creative artists backs then. Music was still good up until about 1995 or 1996…that’s when you saw a shift to shit…..and it’s been going downhill ever since. These aren’t really artists today. They are entertainers of the moment…They have about a good 10 year run…and that’s it. So sad…

    • Prissy

      Sooo I am NOT trying to be rude, but what does someone’s religion (or lack thereof ) has ANYTHING to do with how sucky music is today? PLEASE stop using god as an excuse for why some folk make horrid music. Makes no sense.. You sounds just as crazy as these “musicians” do today. 

      • Inthefirstplace

        Here we go again…another non believer belittling a believer.  PLEASE stop telling believers what to say and how to say it.  This world is not only for those who dont want to hear about the ALMIGHTY GOD. 

        • flatlinecity

          Yes but God has nothing to do with why the music is bad, it’s like religious people want to throw him in randomly. If we are having a conversation about how bad movies have gotten and I make a statement saying ” yes, it’s because  actors need to stop eating meat and become vegans” wouldn’t you think I was off or obsessed? 

          • TanyaMadison

            Those are her words.  Why do people expect a country with free speech to limit speech. 

            • flatlinecity

              I don’t expect her to say anything, she has the right to comment just like I do. People can disagree without trying to force the other person to their will. I just noted that putting God into the reasoning of bad music sounds random, because it does to me! 

              • Inthefirstplace

                In her opinion God does, in your opinion He doesnt.

                “People can disagree without trying to force the other person to their will.” I dont see where she was forcing anyone to her will.

                I just didnt understand why Prissy insisted that people have to leave God out of their mouths for her sake.

                • flatlinecity

                  I did not say that she was forcing anything, The   “forcing their will” statement was a reply to tabyanadison telling her that I was not trying to limit dragongirl’s free sppech, I just noted that it sounded random in my opinion. I was not trying to make her change or recant her statement. 

                  • Inthefirstplace

                    Many people believe that music has changed because so many no longer believe or respect God.  Many rappers’ lyrics speak of their distain for God.  So her responce wasnt random, it was an opinion that has been expressed by many people. Maybe this is the first time you’ve heard such statement.

                    • flatlinecity

                      No it is not the first time I’ve heard someone say it, but it still sounds random because rappers were never big on rapping about God in the first place, unless they are spiritual rappers. They rapped about politics more than religion, now its money and women for the most part. This back and forth is at this point is pointless because my opinion will still remain that it sounds random no matter how many people bring it up or how many times it’s been said. 

      • TanyaMadison

        You’re not trying to be rude, but you say she sounds crazy.

    • Love_Sexy

      Good point…….I notice the longevity is a good 10 years for an artisit and then hit the dust.

    • Low Profile

      You sure did tell the truth!!!! The Music is Horrible and I’m only in my early 30’s. What you said about how a lot of our people have no respect for GOD is so True!!! That’s probably the reason why the creativity in music artists is dying!!! What makes it bad as well a lot of our people now a days have ABSOLUTELY no respect for themselves, others, and our culture. I miss listening being able to just turn on the radio and hear music from my teens like: Aaliyah, Missy, Tupac, Biggy, Nas, Master P even those artists would flow with lyrics that made people think. All that’s good on the radio now is Oldschool from the 60-90’s!!! And Gospel. I’m telling you, you know we living in the last days any time the music is going bad!!

  • Michiswife

    I dont know who most of these new artists are until I read an article on this site.  Today’s music is garbage.

  • Prissy

    Nope! I am 24 years old and I am SAD to say that my generation is the LAST to have REAL music. (Born in 1987)… I was fortunate (Thank GOD) to have had Boys II Men, Tevin Campbell, Al B. Sure, a plethora of New Jack Swing, Bad Boy music ( Faith Evans, 112, Total) , SWV, Mary J. , Brandy, OLD Usher, Monica, Aaliyah, Missy, Ginuwine .. Heck even the white music was jammin!! (Nirvana, Third Eye Blind, Limp Bizkit, Sugar Ray etc etc) back in elementary and middle school… Highschool (Amerie, Ashanti,Jagged Edge, Avant, etc etc) … I am highly grateful to have had witnessed what I deem that last bit of REAL music… These kids today?? Their old school music will be “Racks on Racks”, “Your Love”, and anything idiotic by Wacka Flocka… And don’t let me get on this generations television shows… *sigh* 

    • freebee33

      87′ was a good year! Lol I agree with you, those were classics growing up, I miss the 90’s and early 2000’s. Smdh at the thought of ‘Racks on Racks’ being one of the younger generations classics.

      I feel like a lot of these songs that come out today have no longevity, there are songs from back in the day (80’s, 90’s early mill) that when they come on today everyone starts singing or dancing because the music was and is still good! The songs released these days get stale after one week a month if they’re lucky.

      • Prissy

        You are so right!!! After about 2 weeks those songs are such a bore.. 

      • TanyaMadison

        90s had great beats and tracks, but that’s when lyrics started to go down.  Now that you think about it,  90s music was full of reused tracks

        • freebee33

          That’s true there was a lot of beat sampling going on in the 90’s, but the music was still good.

      • Love_Sexy

        Co-sign!

    • chaka1

       The recording industry itself has dumbed down music and has continually promoted everything that was stereotypical and ignorant. It’s easy to create and sell this garbage. We as black consumers are not demanding better quality.

    • chaka1

       The recording industry itself has dumbed down music and has continually promoted everything that was stereotypical and ignorant. It’s easy to create and sell this garbage. We as black consumers are not demanding better quality.

    • yotam

      i dont agree see all the metal fests filing up all and all the sells in metal and the real music but sadly bad one is taking over

  • Neecee401

    You aren’t getting old. I’m 18 and yes music is just really bad these days.

  • Smacks_hoes

    I’m only 20 and I think most music sucks these days.especially rap yuck. I love 90’s music like micheal bolton. And I also like country music and bands like maroon 5, westlife etc.

    • Ange248

      I like Marron 5 too and Michael Bolton has a good voice.

      • Ange248

        *Maroon

  • Student21jrh

    Age has nothing to do with it.  I’m in my 30’s and I must say the music is terrible these days…I don’t even like to listen to the radio with my kids in the car it is so disturbing. 

    • IllyPhilly

      Yes, I don’t listen to the radio anywhere unless its MP3. I got my 10 and 4 years old learning BBD.

    • yotam

      try metal it will never disapoint u even the new things