I’ve believed the following statement for more than a decade, but for some reason, I don’t think I’ve ever written about it. I’ll preface the idea with these two truths:
- I love music, all kinds.
- This is neither a slam for rap or country music, just an observation.
OK, are you ready? Well first, if you have time, and let’s face it, we ALL have time #coronavirus …check out a brand new rap video that’s already nearing a million views, followed by a country music video with over 1.5 million views…
So after watching these music videos, do you agree or disagree with this thought:
Country music is about who we (the listeners) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re just like us.
Rap music is about who they (the artists) are, from artists that would like us to believe they’re not just like us.
To expand on that a little, I believe most of country music (of course, there are exceptions) is driven by lyrics that show the commonalities we have as humans. The singer is saying, I am just like you. It’s why the cliches of singing about a dying dog, divorce, or drinking beers even exists. You can have someone like Luke Bryan who has a net worth of $140,000,000 singing about relaxing or partying on a beach like those of us with a net worth of <$140,000,000 like to do. In reality, Luke’s lifestyle is a lot different than the common person, yet he wants us to think he’s just like us.
In rap music (and just like country music, there are exceptions to this), the lyrics are driven by fame and fortune, to put it simply. Just using the “You Know You Lit” video from earlier in this post, the line “Balenciaga, got like 10 pairs,” shows the difference in perspective. I had to look it up, Balenciaga shoes make the Air Jordan 11 Retro’s look like a bargain. Hundreds of dollars for one pair! There are many other rap songs that ultimate say, You want to be like me. Whatever the net worth of these artists are, they want you to believe they wipe their buts with hundred dollar bills. In other words, envy them because they have what we all want.
I’m guessing reality is bit less glamorous than these rap artists want us to believe, and perhaps for the country artist, more glamorous than we know. What are your thoughts about this? If you have insight or opinions, share in the comments below! Until then… Gucci, Gucci, Gucci!
-Out of the Wilderness