My Impression Of Rap Music Through The Ages
Many people think that “Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang is a classic when it comes to rap music. While it is probably one of the earliest tunes people are aware of in this genre, I have to say that I am not very impressed by it at all. The lyrics seem pretty random and juvenile, and there is no real melody to speak of.
As time moved along, the 1980’s brought along performers like Run-DMC, The Fat Boys, LL Cool J and The Beastie Boys. These artists certainly made their mark in the rap game, but I cannot say that I was very impressed when I listened to any of these artists as well. For instance, the first time I heard “Walk This Way” and “I Need Love” I turned the radio station off, immediately.
In the 1990’s my best friend started to listen to lots of rap music. She was in love with groups like Wu-Tang Clan and Ill Al Skratch. There were a few tracks that I thought were okay, but I definitely preferred listening to music that was rhythmic and more on the slow side.
I started working at an insurance company at the end of 2005 and we were allowed to listen to Internet radio while we completed our tasks. This is the first time that I heard “Some Cut” by Trillville and I fell in love. Sure, this is probably not the top song for many people, but something about it had me hooked. That was when I started listening to rap more often.
Over the years, I have developed a serious love for Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West. I can sit there and listen to them all day and be perfectly satisfied. In contrast to how I felt in the 1990s, I really do not like listening to slower music very much anymore. There are a few newer artists I like, including Fetty Wap and Desiigner, but I have to say that most of the passion I have is with tracks released in the early part of the 2000s.
It is funny how someone’s entire perspective on a genre can change after hearing one song. Who knew that Trillville was the key to opening my eyes to the rap game.