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splinter

Member Since 21 Sep 2004
Offline Last Active Nov 20 2008 04:10 AM
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In Topic: Has Hip Hop killed the art of lyricism?

20 November 2008 - 04:10 AM

I think that, in general, lyrics have taken a backseat to melody in popular music, because although some people might say to each other 'did you hear that lyric', they'd be more inclined to say 'did you hear that riff/beat/tune etc', if anything, I think that hip-hops more clever lines (people have mentioned these artists before, 2pac, BIG, De La Soul etc), get people talking about lyrics more than a contemporary rock and roll song (with maybe the exception of bands like Arctic Monkeys).

Generally though, I think that melody and, tragically, style, seem to have taken prominence over good lyricism. Don't know if it will last, or how long, but its the state at the moment.

Honestly though, if people wrote great poetry and poor tunes, would we be complaining about the lack of melody in popular music?


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