Are Hip Hop fans the worst fans in the business?

Are they? In terms of loyalty, financial devotion, artist support, etc…

This is a generalization of course, but still a case can be made…

(I think they (we) are)

August 17th, 2011

In terms of loyalty… no

In terms of financial support… Fuck Yeah

August 17th, 2011

Easily. Taylor Swift and Lady GaGa can sell a million in a week, and Susan Boyle and Adele can go multiplatium with her album, but rappers can barely top 500k these days.

This is not a generalization, it is the truth. The fans have ruined the genre by supporting free music, both legal and illegal. Rappers never used to put out so many free mixtapes, because it wasn’t necessary, now it is the norm. As a result, many rappers are becoming more “mixtape rappers” than “album rappers,” and they are becoming played out before even putting out an album!

Also, record labels are realizing that rap fans are not buying albums, and thus, they force their rap artists to make music that is more appealing to a wider audience. This causes the rapper to deviate from their original, signature style, which almost every time is a bad thing.

The talented rappers can’t sell because their music isn’t on the radio and their videos aren’t on TV. That is the only way music sells these days, especially in rap. If a rapper is popular on the internet, his album will most likely get leaked, and a lot of people will just d/l the leak and not buy the album.

Rap is also way too “exclusive” of a genre. What I mean is that you have to reallly understand rap to genuinely enjoy it. If you are not a consistent consumer of rap music, you probably won’t understand most of it, and thus, will not like it. Rap is one of the only genres like this. Pop, country, rock, R&B etc. are a lot more approachable genres of music because they are easier to understand. There are limited examples of complicated metaphors or similes, wordplay, intricate rhyme schemes, or allusions in other genres. Granted, all those characteristics of rap are why I love it, but it makes it hard for more people to like the GOOD rappers, the ones who utilize those tools, instead of basic rappers like Flo Rida, Big Sean, Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane etc.

/rant

August 17th, 2011

beautiful rant

August 17th, 2011
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Preach it NotoriouSkillz! lol

August 17th, 2011

people are crazy… thats all

August 17th, 2011
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NotoriouSkillz, that was great…

August 17th, 2011

More ups for that. Hit the nail right on.

I always have to shake my head too when I go into music stores and it’s only the rap cds in the little lock boxes.

August 17th, 2011
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notoriousskillz must go to a rap skool :0

August 17th, 2011

Hiphop fans seem to be the most FICKLE and critical too…we don’t respect the greats as much as we should. Older rockstars are looked up to as Gods just about, there’s no reason why our greats shouldn’t get as much praise and backing no matter what generation of hiphop we come from, the younger generation specifically are not gettin schooled either, which leads me to think how far down the line is true hiphop gonna continue to be cared about and cared for

August 18th, 2011

This is a bit off topic but did you guys hear about U2’s tour being the highest grossing tour of all time? Makes one wonder, WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO THESE SHOWS!?!? I can honestly say I don’t know a single U2 fan…

August 18th, 2011

@Abiel exactly my point. I went to a public enemy show several months ago and barely half the place was filled…

August 18th, 2011

And you’re lucky for that. They’re more annoying and in your face than die-hard Eminem fans

August 18th, 2011

Maybe cuz Hip Hop fans ARE POOR and can’t buy the fuckin albums?

August 18th, 2011
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If they can afford a computer, they can afford an damn album.

August 18th, 2011