Hi tales. I don't think too many of you listen to rap at all but whatever.
So let's discuss the new generation of rappers that are coming up; Kanye and Jay-Z are still around, doing things, but they've reached their zenith it seems and while still skilled wordsmiths, they're more discussing their situation in being extremely affluent rather than the aspirations they have or any pertinent issues.
Right off the bat it makes sense to mention OFWGKTA (aka Odd Future), which is a collective rather than a single person. Tyler, the Creator aptly assembled the group which expands and contracts as is necessary. Members do their own projects with or without support, but probably the most noteworthy in my opinion is Earl Sweatshirt. If you haven't listened to Doris, I don't know what you're doing.
ofc there's also Macklemore who won a Grammy for some reason. Yes, he's challenged stereotypes for both rap's homophobia as well as the image that a rapper has to be black or Eminem to succeed, and does well. I disagree with him getting the Grammy but he is, no doubt, a pretty solid rapper especially when you consider that his explosion onto the mainstream's face was with Thrift Shop.
if this is the direction the genre is headed i'm happy because hopefully that means less YOLO shit
what do you think???????????????????????