This topic is going to be a little long just bear with me lol. (Keep in mind, I'm only speaking for the hip hop genre.) (and it should also go without saying this is my opinion and mine alone.) Mainstream music is good. In fact I say it has improved from what it used to be. Before I go further, I would like to point out that I am in fact a hip hop DJ (and I'm not talking about like the kids that have Virtual DJ on their computer and think they can DJ.. I'm an ACTUAL CLUB DJ) and I'm a producer as well and have been a fan of hip hop my entire life. That being said, it should give you light that I know what I'm talking about in at least the smallest light. Let me explain how I came to this revelation because I know some of you are going to aim at chewing my head off at this point... Well I used to be one of your typical underground hip hop nerds. I used to listen to almost exclusively underground artists, like the infamous Immortal Technique and the plethora of others, as well as I listened to the classic old school songs, like the old Nas and the like. I only listened to music that many would regard of having some type of substance albeit meaning some type of political message, an intriguing story, a deep spiritual meaning, etc. Of course I'd listen to the radio to listen to popular songs to see the state of hip hop as well as keep my music library growing, but not much. This was around the 2005-2009 era. I was disgusted with mainstream at the time. I hated it's simplicity. I hated the materialism. I hated the people that liked that garbage. And I was so turned off that I was about to stop listening to hip hop in general and dive head first into actual instrumental music such as rock and jazz. (didn't happen. even though i listen to those and many other genres anyway) But around late 2010-early 2011, I had came to a realization: These other music genres are really not much different. They pretty much all share the same materialistic bullshit that hip hop was heavily criticized for. And as I looked into it more, even the music I had upheld as "better music" or as many call it "REAL hip hop" are similar as well. Even the very first hip hop song, Rapper's Delight, was strictly a party song. Ok, now everybody knows this, but that's just one example and it doesn't stop there. For sake of this posts length I won't list any more. But. It makes you realize, that music in general are pretty much founded upon your typical feel-good music. Partying. Clubbing. Drinking. Drugs. Sex. They're in ALL our music! The only time you won't find your typical topics in a song is when they're dedicated to a specific theme or story or agenda. That being said. Since these qualities in music, things that a lot of the hip hop heads abhor, are pretty much rampant in music since the invention of music recording, maybe even before, why do we continue to degrade music that still does it? It's damn near tradition. Now I will level with you, especially in hip hop, the materialism is nowhere near as repetitive with this genre than in any other genre and I can understand negative criticism towards that. It's not good for a music genre to keep generating the same thing over and over. That kills the genre. But even in mainstream, you have the few songs that are different and aren't about the same shit. Modern examples being Drake (yes from YMCMB), Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, even Wiz Khalifa (known for his weed songs) has some songs with substance. With all the artists I just mentioned, of course they have their pop songs on the radio, but they also have lyrical talent where appropriate. "Where appropriate." Did that catch you off guard? The thing is with the mainstream, they rap about these things that many consider tasteless because that music is for parties/clubs/events and things of that sort. DJ's, like myself, aren't going to play Immortal Technique, Nas, or other shit like that because that music doesn't appeal and doesn't get people up and dancing. I mean think about it. If you go to a club, do you think it would be appropriate to be playing conscious rap, political rap, or meaningful rap in a club setting? FUCK no. You will be kicked out of the booth as a DJ in a HEARTBEAT. Now when I say the mainstream has improved. If you take a modern mainstream song and compare it to a mainstream song of like 2008. You will notice that a lot of things are better. The quality is better. The complexity of beats are better. The overall evolution is better. Even lyrically the songs are more interesting and more intricate. Wordplay and metaphors have come a long way since then and it's actually pretty difficult to come up with shit a lot of these rappers rap that sound so easy. Same with the beats. (and I'm a producer). The songs today are very good at hyping you up and keeping you interested. Like seriously. To be frank, a lot of the music I used to like and cherish bores the shit outta me now. And it's not because I've heard it many times before or anything, but as I said the overall production quality of the songs today surpass those a few years ago and before that. The entertainment factor in the songs today are high. I can listen to Lil Wayne and be genuinely entertained and then listen to underground music and fall asleep because of it's lack of ability to keep me interested. I don't know. Maybe it's just me, but I like music that can get me moving a lot more now than I used to. It could be as simple as my tastes just changed or something as significant as hip hop evolved for the better. And I'm inclined on believing the latter. Don't get me wrong though. I'm nowhere near saying that all the mainstream music is good. I can and will admit a lot of the shit is still trash, but as I said, the music has DEFINITELY improved and I actually enjoy mainstream again. I've said a lot on this issue and I know most won't read, but for you guys that stuck with this to the end, I'd really like to know your opinion. Do you agree? Do you think I just said a lot of bullshit? Am I just brainwashed? Did I shed new light on the subject you weren't aware of? Let's discuss!