Keepin’ it Blunt: Artists Should be Taking More Risks

Keepin’ it Blunt: Artists Should be Taking More Risks

[via Hollywood Reporter]

The more artists play it safe, the more incredibly dull and forgettable projects music fans will be receiving…

For music lovers, 2016 was either an incredible year in music or one that was too jam-packed with overrated releases to the point where it was almost unbearable. For me, it was a bit of both. As someone who likes to stay ahead of the curb when it comes to new content, it was especially challenging, as those that keep up to date with music news were constantly bombarded with new singles, albums, and even artists. The problem isn’t so much solely the quantity, but it’s more so that the quantity has led to a decrease in quality. Amongst all of these releases, how many of them will actually be remembered in two-year’s time, or even a year from now? Only a few really standout, and that’s because only a handful of artists in 2016 took any sort of new angle or approach to their music—risk-taking is everything when it comes to art.

 

 

To Keep it Blunt…

More artists should be taking risks in music. The highlights of 2016 were projects like Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!”, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, and Beyoncé’s Lemonade—these artists took risks and deviated from their original sounds. Gambino’s latest release showed that Glover is probably one of the most talented men alive, considering that he’s played his hand in a plethora of different creative media and even took it a step forward in terms of his music career, putting together a bombastic yet smooth, funkadelic—inspired album; a far cry from what we’re used to from the Because the Internet rapper. Frank Ocean ditched the flashy sounds of Channel Orange this time around and opted for more soothing, laid-back, acoustic melodies on his critically acclaimed summer release. Beyoncé, an artist who’s been in the game for well over a decade, still finds that pushing the envelope with each release is absolutely necessary, delivering her most risky yet best album so far in her career. The more artists play it safe, the more incredibly dull and forgettable projects music fans will be receiving, so it’s critical that, for the love of the culture, artists take note of these brave moves and attempt to emulate them in some capacity in the upcoming future.

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