Updated: Nov 25, 2020
J. Cole referred to himself as the “Middle Child” back in 2019, which basically means that he has the ability to make music that caters to both the new generation and the old generation of music listeners.
Many “old heads” view lyrical, conscious rap, as music that is keeping the art and culture alive, while many younger listeners may find this boring and unentertaining. Not to say that these views are purely held by different age groups as everyone has their own opinions, but this is the general consensus.
Many artists, such as Lil Pump and Playboi Carti, have found huge success in making music that can be deemed shallow or untalented by people who enjoy lyrical or conscious rap, but others find this type of music very entertaining and way more exciting to listen to.
Some artists however, have seemed to be able to impress both sides of the spectrum, and have impressed both audiences, to a point where they can be considered fans of that artist. Not an easy feat to do, but artists such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar have done just that, making lyrical or conscious songs with a catchy hook or beat that makes it entertaining to listen to as well.
In my opinion, there’s a time and place for everything and everyone, leave the trap for the party and the lyrical rap for a more relaxed setting. With this in mind, it’s always nice to get a blend of two art forms, and if that’s what you enjoy, maybe check out some of these young artists linked below.
Article by Offset Brett