Another OG lyricist is speaking out over the demise of what was once socially conscious sounds. We’re talking about rap music, which Scarface says is now missing everything it once stood for.
Here’s what Scarface told XXL Magazine:
“I feel like our music was dumbed down. I feel like our generation is being dumbed down. And it starts with how we educate ourselves. At first, we knew what was going on in Compton by the music that we heard. We knew what was going on in Chicago by the music that we made. We knew what was going on in Houston by the music that was going on in Houston. Now, nobody don’t give a f*ck. Everything sounds alike; they say the same thing.
The rap shit is sounding stupider and stupider, and country music is sounding more brilliant, rock music is sounding more brilliant and alternative music is sounding way more brilliant. Shit sound good as f*ck. Everybody in hip-hop wants to turn up now; even in R&B. Who stole the soul? The soul is gone. Twenty-five years ago it was called soul, 30 years ago it was called soul. Then they turned it into rhythm and blues, R&B. What is it now? Is R&B gone too?”