Thick gold chains and flaiming red hair have given way to dread locks and good girls gone bad. With the music of our generation ever changing looking back on where it started sometimes can make us laugh, take us back to lemonade on grandma's front porch or even make us want to run away and become the next big thing.
In the 1980's the world of new school hip hop music was born. Rum-DMC was one of the first new groups on the scene for hip hop. When we compare the old and new of hip hop we find a huge difference even in the lyrics. From Run DMC's song "Hard Times" the first stanza are as follows:
Hard times spreading just like the flu
Watch out homeboy, don't let it catch you
P-p-prices go up, don't let your pocket go down
When you got short money you're stuck on the ground
Turn around, get ready, keep your eye on the prize
And be on point for the future shock
Instead of talking about women and their status they talk about hard times. Now lets look at Lil Wayne
All I was taught was murder murder
Kill drama, and nothin' less
I strap tha Smith-Wess, and bust.. it in they chest
I had ta hustle hustle hustle hustle
Had ta struggle for success
Hid grams in girls' breasts, stick bricks.. under they dress
Them niggas there with me fooli'
Me, I'm full of that dilly
Hope when I catch them slippin'
Him and they daddy's trippin'
Shorty can hold it down
Shorty be totin' rounds
Smellin' like a pound on school grounds
Hair... all over my head
Bandana 'round my brain
Eyes bloodshot red
Briches down to my legs
Guns up in my trench
When niggas playin', they get drenched
My pockets is full of lead
So, nigga, stay off tha ben
I'm young with bad nerves
Since I lost my partna, I've been troubled, hurt in this 'burb
So I'on't even hesitate ta leave 'em on tha curb
And wet dem niggas' shirt
Nigga, get 'em full of birds
Tell them niggas, Geezy!
I tried to find a song that was less...well less. Alot of the songs that I pulled up were very explicit. Obviously a huge difference. Lil'Wayne is one that you can expect to do collaberations between artists and this is what we can expect. Judging by this Hip Hop is going to continue to go into this direction.
With looking at Country you used to see alot of sad songs and a more twang. You understood when you heard the first minute that the song was country even without the lyrics. Now its hard to distinguish because coutnry singers are making their songs sound so universal. The lyrics however I have noticed are ones that even now every one can relate to. For example compare Reba Mcentire and Carrie Underwood.
Reba's "When you Have a Child"
And when you have a child
Those four walls you call a house
Take on a life of it's own
When you bring 'em home
You will cry and you will laugh
When they hurt it cuts you in half
It's your flesh and bone
Every parent can understand this even when its sung. Now look at Carrie Underwoods work. Her newest song "Good Girl"
Hey, good girl
With your head in the clouds
I bet you I can tell you
What you’re thinkin' about
You'll see a good boy
Gonna give you the world
But he’s gonna leave you cryin'
With your heart in the dirt
You can relate to seeing that really nice girl with the bad guy that she thinks just hung the moon. When she sings she sounds country but the tune is so catchy that you cant help but sign along and understand what it is that she is saying.
Country is getting more of a pop feel to it because its getting more play of the radios that are not soley country. Hip Hop is getting harder to understand and is getting dirtier. There is almost an unattainable feel to hip hop now. I cant relate to getting money or going to clubs where as with country I have had those friends that I tried to warn to stay away from the bad boy and she didnt listen. If this is where hip hop is headed then Im staying with country!