"F.E.A.R. is a deviation from the normal boom-bap, "hyper-lyrical" rap you would expect to hear from a lesser-known artist with a desire to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of Hip-Hop. There is however a twist -- it still has substance."
I've got to be honest I'm intrigued by the new sound of Hip-hop. From the aggressive high-hats to the deep sultry bass. Certain rappers are now being defined by a specific cadence generally identified as being a mumble rapper. A rapper whose barely audible tones in speech and voice pattern slur words lazily across a record that's likened to a drunken homeless person begging for change. Often, however, these rhymes are accompanied by a carefully executed melody. Today in Hip-hop, this music tends to reflect poorly executed thoughts, or it perpetuates the negative stereotype that the young black or African-American male lacks intelligence.
Times have changed in rap music, and while I desire to go with the flow, I can't help but think what will happen if we continue to deviate from what our Hip-Hop forefathers planned by instilling a sound message and instruction in the future generations of Hip-hop enthusiast to come. Because rap is more accepted commercially now than ever before, different styles and sounds have found their way into the culture and have seemingly diluted the once purposeful meaning Hip-hop held. To educate, to uplift, and to promote unity amongst all who adorn the culture. F.E.A.R. is a deviation from the usual boom-bap, "hyper-lyrical" rap you would expect to hear from a lesser-known artist with the desire to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of Hip-Hop music. There is however a twist -- F.E.A.R. still has substance.
With Hip-hop purist quick to identify one who crosses over the threshold of underground to mainstream music as a sellout when they reach certain popularity, one often tends to muddy the waters by associating the sound of this type of music with lack of lyrical content, relatability, and relevance. If in the words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that one day his children will live in a nation "where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character"; why can't this nation be Hip-hop? Why can't the content of an artists music, one that contains elements of the new sound while maintaining the lyrical relevance of the "Golden Age" of Hip-hop be just as respected amongst other things?
This is what F.E.A.R. and other songs like it will aim to address while remaining true to my roots penning rhymes with verbose content and meaning. Whether or not the synthetic and digital instrumentation coupled with deep and blustery sounds of bass are your cups of tea, one can't deny the overpowering presence they have and how one cannot keep their neck still when playing it despite trepidation. Innovation can be made in the areas of production and sound the same way one would do in rap by altering their cadence, changing one's voice, and style. If you're not up to the challenge as a producer, one may think you're either a hater or just stuck in the past holding on to what was, only in fear of embracing something new.