Different strokes for different folks right...that's what I say too. What's your flavor, does it change, on the regular, or is it consistent? I'm ole skool...yep, yep. If I liked it in the past, you can bank on the likeliness of me liking it today. I do try to keep my options open.
Being a door opening pioneer to hip hop in its infancy, I'm grateful that I can still give a song a chance before I shut it and it's artist down completely.
I know for instance in Florida they are heavy on songs with a lot of Bass...I love Bass, but for me it's got to lock with the drums...in DC the popular sound is Go-Go, and in most major markets there is a sound that the people love...in the south it's Dirty South rap, West Coast was...crazy big on Gangsta Rap.
I'm sure many of the above mentioned markets still do what they do, but what are the challenges with being an artist from that market place and what type of impact does the music have on the general public of that specific area and at large?
All of this brings me to HIP-HOP and Gospel...whew, I remember the first time I heard a Gospel Rap...I was like pleaseee, that's just crud. However, since then (10 yrs ago)...some potential and novice Gospel Rappers have embraced the style and authenticity to make rap proud.
We know what the Gospel Rap message is, and that's great because there is a market for every style of music and since most consumers are between the ages of 14 and 30, you can believe there is a demand for almost everything.
Some of the challenges with Gospel Rap is that some non-Christians think that gospel rap is either corny or a waste of time. What they don't know is that the gospel market has piked up lots of steam (dollars and cents) over the years...so don't sleep.
Some Christian music lovers think that Gospel Rap is demonic or even worst (if there's anything worst I don't want to know about it). From the Gospel Rapper IROCC says, things are not financially great for him, but he is a believer and he lives by his testimony and trials and tribulations that he and his family has endured, so he doesn't pay any attention to the church goers or the non-church goers.
He feels he's called to rap the gospel, and so he shall. What's your take...?