Monday, June 15, 2009

Is Good Soulful Music Becoming Extinct?

This blog is especially for all my fellow eighties babies. However, all are welcome to respond. I was born in 1985 and i've been a fan of hip hop and R&B ever since I first heard Anita Baker singing "Sweet Love" on the radio while sitting in the back seat of my mom's old Nissan. Now, before I continue, I think its important for you to know that I wasn't one of the kids that you saw playing b-ball or any other sports for that matter. My interests mainly consisted of listening to music, playing video games, or building various structures with Lego blocks. With that being said, I usually listened to music while doing either of my other two hobbies. Most of the artists that caught my attention in the 90s were SWV, Notorious B.I.G, Tupac, New Edition, Aaliyah, Total, El DeBarge, Toni Braxton, etc. The list goes on forever. These are all well known big names in the music industry. Although the music industry has evolved over the years, lately it seems that it has taken a turn for the worst. New technology, such as autotune, and other studio equipment allow artists to enhance the quality of the sound of their music and/or their voices. Can this be considered as cheating or simply creating a new sound made possible by new technology? Please share your opinion and reasons you feel the way you do.