If you’re a songwriter or Emcee, think of the power you possess. For reals. If you have a captive audience or fans that keep in touch with you and lend an ear (from time to time), you have a chance to say something. Take time to critique what you’re talking about. Of course we do music to entertain but, what about inspire, provoke or teach?
An artist or entertainer can be only that for so long (in my opinion). You’re still human. There are still things in this world that affect you, motivate you or make you take a stand on an issue. At some point, you get to a stage where you don’t want to produce music of no substance that falls on deaf ears. At some point, you’re going to get the pen and write about something that probably a lot of other people are thinking about too. Something you give a damn about.
This can show you’re human and connect you more with the public or turn off (and maybe lose) some of the following you have. It’s a thin line, have you ever thought about it? Would you go down that road? For me, the answer is given. I think, I examine, I share and continuously learn. And on top of that, never shy from engaging in topics that I know little about or teaching someone what I know. So yeah, I’ll speak my mind and try to move a group of people.
I guess the point is, realize how powerful you can be. The 60’s and 70’s are memorable, not just for the great music that was created but also from the reporting that was done by bands and musicians. The songs are classic and catchy but they also had a message if you listen to the words. The 80’s was exploring new sounds and making radio jingles so a lot was lost and so on and so on…..
Next time you start writing a song, imagine how far those words can reach when you cut the track and produce your record. Don’t be scared to share what’s on your mind. Yeah, we all know you’re hard, have a story and dislike certain things in pop culture but you’re also educated. In some form or another. And you have the power to share your experiences.
I call on all Emcees, freestylers, poets, and songwriters to show how creative you are by not just coming up with a catchy jingle but make a jingle that catches peoples attention and then makes them realize what they were singing. Relevant subjects.
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