The Stupid Sh*t Artists Say About Their Music

Out of respect for our great nation’s election day, I wasn’t even going to post today. But after returning from the polls, I was browsing my Google Reader and came across this Billboard article on Akon and his new LP, Freedom. The article, written by Mariel Concepcion, indicates that on his new album, Akon’s going to be coming back with a different sound. He says,

“We changed the sound up a lot. Everyone adapted to the ‘Konvict’ sound already, so we had to switch it up. Now we’re bringing the whole Euro-club sound. That’s where we’re headed with it.”

The article seems to indicate that Akon’s new single, “Right Now (Na Na Na),” is an example of this more Euro sound, a more dancy and more technoish feel.

Has anyone actually listened to this song?

That shit is so not Euro club anything. Not that I’m a real expert on that particular music, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that someone who really makes European club music– whether it be techno, house, trance, whatever– would laugh at that track. And I dig what he’s trying to do, which is take certain elements of Euro club music and incorporate it into a more accessible form of making a pop record. Still and all, I just don’t really see why he should be classifying it as such. Listen to the song, that’s more Flo Rida by way of 2 Live Crew than it is techno or house of club or whatever kind of dance music you want to call it. Just because you used some “dance” synth preset on the Motif, does not make it that. But it’s almost like, if a song is over 120 bpm, or it’s got a steady “4 on the floor” drum beat, it’s automatically techno.

Which really makes me feel like if I actually was a producer or artist who made that kind of music, I’d be pretty insulted. It’s kind of like Lil Wayne walking around with a guitar on stage, calling himself a rock star, when he can barely play 3 notes of anything. A guy who really plays guitar, he’s gonna be pretty pissed about that. Of course, he can’t do anything but bitch while Wayne dominates pop culture, but just saying.

I guess if I was a super talented soul singer, like say Leela James, I’d probably feel the same way about Amy Winehouse.

But I digress.

I think artists and producers in urban music are the biggest culprits of talking out of their asses about other genres of music, even the ones who are DJs. They are the least informed, and have the biggest mouths. They know the names of like 4 rock bands and just rotate them in and out of conversation. I mean seriously, rappers admitting they like Coldplay is like a rapper saying he’s also got a clothing line coming out. It’s standard rhetoric at this point.

My point being, if you really don’t know what a certain type of music sounds like, and your music isn’t going to accurately represent that sound in a clear and identifiable way, then just don’t talk about it in that context at all.

  • ri067953

    Yo, interesting post. I have to agree, remember back in the late 90′s when Snoop said he wanted to colloborate with Marilyn Manson or whoever was popular at the time? This is because hip-hop artist feel the need to prove that what they do is actual music and that by way of saying they like other music outside of hip-hop is giving themselves credability. It is pretty sad because there are no organic collobrations between musicians in hip-hop music, for the most part, instead they just taking a sound/artist and run it into the ground.

  • JAY STONE

    You aint lying my man.
    That song sucks monkey balls.
    To make matters worse Akon has a funny voice
    and can`t sing.
    his new album is going to suck but he will go platinum anyway cuz he is popular in europe.

  • El Tico Loco

    You made a good point there, but good rappers feel the same way about Lil’Wayne as the guitar players.

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  • DV8

    Hey lets just hope Akon stays true to his word and moves to Africa if McCain wins. We need a break from Akon and Weezy. Please guys take a good year or two off!!!!

    By the way Leela James is the truth. Definetly seems to be wifey material. Id beat it raw in a minute.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moneyburnzofficialpage Money Burnz

    The problem with a lot of these artists is that 1. they dont think before speaking and 2. everyone wants to copy whats hot right now…pop music has adopted a more house/club sound lately and now everyone wants to do it…and claim they originated it….Im from an era where biting was prohibited…..

  • TheCo!!inB

    Akon can’t help but talk slick cause he stays dipped in murrays hair oil…..real shit tho I made that same mistake 4 years ago when I made a track I thought had a “grime” sound and my homie Nabru had to talk to me real quick on AIM….Akon got that nigga from Sweden makin beats with him so he probably feels waranted in his comments

  • Worley

    Akon is changing his sound because T-Pain got that whole fake singing thing on lock.

    I also hate when artists say their album “has something for everybody.” Right then and there I know it’s wack. Me and grandma don’t listen to the same music. You can’t have something for everybody.

  • http://www.myspace.com/big_dee_el Dee El

    Yeah, I feel you. But, ya know what? It’ll be a hit in the Euro-Club scene, believe it. I just left Italy and trust me, they eat this shit up. And I’ve heard some really dope Euro-Club shit and this ain’t it.

    Dee El Sends
    P.E.A.C.E.

  • Smel

    That’s how I felt about Kanye’s f*ckin LOVE LOCKDOWN

    I mean, he worked with MOTHAF*CKIN DAFT PUNK, the ultimate ELITE, RECLUSIVE geniuses of techno/house music on “Stronger,” but then didn’t wanna ask their advice on the production of Love Lockdown” once he decided to give it that techno flavor???? Like, DUDE. You’re not a techno master now. At ALL. Ask the experts.

    DAFT probably didn’t answer his calls. They’re very selective that way.

  • Enlightened

    El Tico Loco says:

    You made a good point there, but good rappers feel the same way about Lil’Wayne as the guitar players.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    No, unfortunately you’re wrong. Some of the fans do, but these rappers suck little Wayne’s dick. They bow down to that nigga in interviews. They call him the best. When he started calling himself the best, not one nigga’s ego made him step up and say, “that nigga ain’t the best. He ain’t better than me.” Them niggas sat quiet and then they started praising the nigga in interviews. Jay-Z started collaborating with the nigga after he said all types of bullshit about him.

    No, these rappers do not feel the same about little Wayne as the guitar players. For some strange reason, they don’t want to fuck with that nigga.

    • bullets

      WORD I FEEL YOU LIL LAME’S THE ONLY RAPPER THAT SAID HE WAS THE BEST PEOPLE DIDNT PUT HIM UP THERE HE JUST BASICALLY TOLD HIMSELF HE WAS THE BEST RAPPER AND NIGAS FOLLOWED BUT TO JAY’S DEFENSE THAT PUSSY NIGGA WAYNE APOLOGIZED FOR DISRESPECTING LOL IT’S IN A XXL MAG I THINK AS A MATTER OF FACT LIL WAYNE IS A CLOWN

  • balaramesh

    @Enlightened,

    you are not so enlightened my friend.
    for the most part, only the rappers that are “in pocket” with wayne say he is the best.

    there are tons of rappers that said wayne was cool but overated. you might need to check out someone other than ozone magazine.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mproductionco Michael

    Okay everybody. I am a producer myself. While all of you guys sit here talking shit about these artists because they gave the people what they wanted to hear, they are out working, working, working. So if you can’t say anything good then just don’t say anything at all. I know how much work goes into being a Hip Hop / R&B producer, and you guys don’t. How about instead of hating on anyone and everyone you can, you go out and start making something of yourselves. I know after you read this you will probably talk shot about me to, but I really, seriously, just don’t care. Why would anybody care about what you guys have to say? Those artists don’t care about what some haters are saying. Artists, producers…etc. get hated on right when they start into the music field. Bottom line. Just please be quiet…

    • Brianna

      I agree, but still these are the people who buy their music. True, they’re all acting like they’re selling millions of albums worldwide themselves (yeah right), but it is good to hear what other people think and i believe you should hear everybody out. Eventually, they’ll figure out this stuff flappin out their mouths is uncalled for and go back to bothering other celebrities like football players or something. :)