By: Matt Saint-Louis
There’s a war going on in the world of music and it's between rap of the older generation vs. rap from the modern.Why exactly is there such a clash for these people of different generations with something as simple as music. Patrick Lauture says, “it’s just something about old generation hip-hop. It’s so pure and real, you know the sh*t they talk about, they really did it. Nowadays, they say whatever.”
Hip-Hip/Rap music, which generated in the 1970’s, has grown to become a very notorious genre of music here in the US. Whether it’s rap battles on the street, or studio produced records, hip hop has become an important part of everyday life. Everywhere you go you hear the same argument: why old rap is better than new rap and vice versa. The common argument is that new rap gives off a negative, violent message that isn’t good for listeners. Older people and younger people both have their own views on it, while some people simply appreciate both.
Many older people feel the same way as Patrick Lauture, a middle aged man who grew up listening to guys like LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, NWA, Tupac, Biggie, Nas, and many more. Lauture says that modern music is “a bunch of garbage” where rappers just make things up to make hits and money. The passion is gone and the motivation behind rapping has shifted for some. This is much to the dispute of younger people, who feel that modern rap music is “more passionate because of how upbeat it is.” And to those that think new rap gives listeners a negative message, Elijah Lalanne says that with any type of music, people “react to how it made them feel.”He, like many other feel you can’t blame new rappers for the message people take from their rap because that's how they feel. Rapper Common, who is from both eras says, “People rap about what they go through. If we want people to stop rapping about bad situations of crime, violence, etc, take them out of these situations.
There are those that appreciate both genres of music like Clifton Simeon, who said, “Music is all about how you make someone feel. Not rhythm, lyrics, or beat. If you can make someone feel exactly how you want to with your music, you’re a good rapper.” If the problem lies with the environment people grow up in and not in themselves, a simple solution seems to be making these dangerous environments as safe as possible. Many rappers across the country, especially in dangerous cities like Chicago and Philly are working to make children put down the guns. Meek Mill, Philly native and notorious rapper of this generation said, “I’ve past that stage, people know what I’ve been through. Now I focus on making music that will motivate the youngins on the important thing in life. F**k the streets, go buy your mama a house.”
If this change can impact the kids and make the environments better, it is possible to bridge the tension between older and younger people. And the problems won’t continue when music changes in the next generations to come.