Back in March, I wrote an article on the state of rap, and more-so how promising and exciting the world of hip-hop looked. There was masses of fresh talent coming through the ranks, a lot to get worked up about, and it seemed like the new kids on the block were going to be taking the throne from the established honchos. Fast forward eight months and I’m not feeling the same way.
Rap simply isn’t what I anticipated it to be at this point in the year, and if I’m honest, the genres I mainly listen to nowadays centre around either house/deep house or dark Evian Christ-type electronica, where as rap was near-enough all I listened to earlier in the year. Let’s look at why that is, Vince Staples dropped a fairly mediocre EP, we’ve heard new material from A$AP Rocky, Jay Rock, Childish Gambino, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar and Casey Veggies, and none of them wowed me. Chance The Rapper is pretty much the only rapper from my prior article that I’m still listening to regularly at the moment.
However, it’s not just the aforementioned that have led me to this bleak perception of rap, it’s also the established stars. Drake, Eminem, T.I., JAY Z, Lil Wayne, it pains me to say it but I simply don’t care anymore, after such average, watered-down albums that really weren’t that special, the fact that Drizzy dropped three tracks recently simply doesn’t interest me in the slightest, in fact I still haven’t even listened to them. Of course, 40-whatever-his-name was going to be the producer on one/all of them, and without even listening I’m sure he covers the same uninteresting topics he did on NWTS. Another culprit is Lil Wayne, the once self-confessed ‘best rapper alive’. Yesterday his album was pushed back, and maybe two years ago I would have cared, but after hearing the drab singles from Tha Carter V, yes 5, the fact of the matter is, I’m bored of it all.
Fear not, all’s not doom and gloom, in my opinion the most exciting rapper in the business right now- Chance The Rapper, has announced a full-length LP with his band The Social Experiment entitled Surf. Following the incredible songs already released via Chance’s Soundcloud page, it’s the first time I’ve been legitimately excited about a rap release since, well, god knows when. Of course we can’t forget that Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore album is just around the corner too, and like the rest of humanity, is there anything more important?
So after reading this may think ‘what on earth is this prick-blogger on about? Tha Carter V is going to be the dopest LP of next year’, or whenever it’s supposed to drop, ‘Childish Gambino’s mixtape was fire’. But that’s the thing, I can’t even put my finger on why my favourite rappers don’t interest me anymore, I can’t justify why I’m bored of the rap being released, i’ve just heard it all before, if only Nothing Was The Same.