Monday, 17 October 2011

Musical Tastes

Some popular comments on Youtube:

1. Bieber is horrible, let's go dislike his videos !!1 <3
2. Why can't artistes these days be more original? This guy should be way more famous than Jonas Brothers!!!1
3. If this song was a carrot, it'd be a good carrot.

The general consensus is that modern pop artistes lack originality. And to a certain extent, I agree.

Compare these two videos:


Both videos feature artistes who were megahits in their 'era'. Some artistes like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, T-Pain, aren't exactly liked by many. Pretty much all their songs revolve around money, drugs, women, etc but their individual talents made the song a little more unique than it was back in MJ's time. 

Compare these two videos:


Lots of modern songs re-use the same "chord progressions" in older songs. Nicki Minaj's Check it Out's tune is quite similar to the song Video Killed The Radio Star. End of Fashion's O Yeah is a straight up rip-off of The Pixies' Where Is My Mind (Fight Club 1999). For those who didn't know, Video Killed The Radio Star's music video was the first music video aired on MTV. 

This is just my personal opinion, but I think most mainstream hip-hop, RnB, rap singers are pretty unimaginative. While most songs (no matter the genre) focus on the same themes, I can't imagine a whole library of songs of the afore mentioned genre. Beats like ATCQ's Can I Kick It are hard to come by...
I suppose the main reason why artistes like Justin Bieber, Pitbull, T-Pain, etc are so popular is because of their "jam" factor. Me, I prefer songs that flow. But whatever others' musical tastes are, we should respect their opinions and stop all the copypasta nonsense on Youtube.