Why Do People Question The Authenticity of Rap Songs More Than Any Other Genre?

I’ve heard lots of people for years complain about how all mainstream rappers do is lie in all of their songs. They complain about how mainstream rappers lie about the money they have, the women they sleep with, the people they kill, the drugs they’ve sold and how much money they made off selling drugs, the drugs they do, etc.

A lot of people were upset and tried to clown 2 Chainz when they found out he was a college graduate and played basketball while attending there. Earlier this year, Billie Eilish criticized rappers who lie in their songs. I used to ride on that train, too, until I realized this—rappers are questioned about their songs’ authenticity more than any other type of artists from any other genre. Why is that?

When we listen to R&B songs, are those singers really sleeping with the women they’re singing about? A lot of them are probably down low gay, but they get on records, singing about women. Are these R&B singers really in love with the people they sing about? They could be cheating on them in real life. Yet on a song, they’re sooooo in love. What about the R&B songs that talk about how beautiful and special a woman is. Do they genuinely feel that way or are they just telling the woman what she wants to hear to get what they want? Or the ones that sing about getting a ton of women, but in real life, are married and extremely faithful. I don’t believe people question what’s said in R&B like they question rap.

What about these pop songs where the women are proudly singing about how they left their man and is so over them. Are they really telling the truth or are they still crying about the dude and running back to him? All these pop artists singing about partying. Are they really partying like they say? They probably stay at home eating snacks all day instead and HATE parties.

And these female rappers that rap about how men ain’t shit and they’ll never need a man for anything, yet go home and cuddle up to one every night. Or rap about how good they are at sex or how many men they sleep with, but in real life, they’re probably not that good at sex, or are abstinent or waiting to get married to have sex. Or the ones who are naked in every video, but in reality, they probably hate rapping about sex and being naked in every song.

Or these conscious rappers who rap about black power stuff and black independence in their music, but in real life they’re kissing white people’s asses or saying coon shit. Or the ones that rap about positive stuff, but in real life, they’re doing drugs, hating on their fellow man, or disrespecting/beating women. I never hear anyone question conscious rap. As a matter of fact, I feel like that’s the least questioned genre of music out of all of them. People eat conscious rap up without any problem at all.

And yet still, nobody questions these people in these genres like they question mainstream rappers. Not everybody tells the truth in their songs, whether it’s a rap song, pop song, R&B song, or whatever. A lot of artists that make these songs make them because they know that’s what sells or that’s what they’re told to make by their label executives. Not because they actually do what they’re talking about in their songs in real life.

I believe people question rap the way they do because it’s one of the, if not THE, highest selling and popular genre in all of music, but it’s black dominated. And you know how a lot of people hate on things that’s black dominated. They question it to probably turn people away from it and have an excuse to criticize it.

I want people to stop questioning rappers like they’re the only ones who say things in their songs that isn’t true and just enjoy the music or don’t. Because if they question the authenticity of rappers’ music, but not any other genre, they’re just being hypocrites and spewing and repeating bullshit.

Which Matters More In Music: Lyrics or Beats?

I’ve heard this debate go on in music, particularly hip-hop, for years. I see so many people online and hear so many people in public debating about whether lyrics matter more in a song or if beats matter more. Some people say that lyrics don’t matter at all and the beat and hook to a song is the most important of all.

I believe that choosing one over the other is both wrong. I believe both lyrics AND beats are equally important. Songs wouldn’t have words if lyrics didn’t matter. Songs wouldn’t have beats if beats didn’t matter. In a lot of songs, there’s a lot of work that gets put into the lyrics. There’s a lot of work that gets put into beats as well. Both take talent and skill to make, so to say either one doesn’t matter, to me, sounds like downplaying the work these people put in to make a song what it is. And it’s only being downplayed due to ignorance. Many people who listen to music have never wrote a song or produced a beat a day in their lives, so they don’t understand the work that goes into it.

I think the people that say lyrics don’t matter in a song more than likely are incapable of listening to lyrics. They just don’t know how to listen to lyrics or they don’t understand them, so they ignore them and go straight to the beat and hook.

I also think saying lyrics don’t matter in a song is a lie probably created by the music industry. A lot of songs send horrible messages. A lot of songs promote things like murder, rape, disrespect, and drugs. The music industry doesn’t want to stop promoting these negative messages, so they try to fool people into not worrying about lyrics.

If we say lyrics don’t matter, then these types of lyrics will go over everyone’s heads and they’ll be listening to these types of songs and promoting these messages without batting an eyelash.

Just like you have to know the type of food you’re putting in your body to stay healthy, you have to know what music you’re listening to in order to keep your mind healthy. It might sound crazy, but it’s true. (You have to do the same with television, too. You have to know what types of shows you’re watching on television and what messages they are sending. It’s not just a TV show. It’s not just a movie. It’s not just a cartoon, but this is a topic for a totally different post.)