Nowadays we’ve got a surplus of artists rapping about the same debauchery-filled content over and over again, and it’s nice to hear some uplifting music finally shine through all of the darkness.
When the Grammys decided that it was finally time to consider stream-only and freely-released albums as contenders for their coveted awards, there was one artist everyone in particular was excited for—Chance the Rapper. The Coloring Book rapper was nominated for 7 awards for the 2017 Grammys, and, to no one’s surprise, he did, in fact, end up taking home some trophies. The Chicago star walked away with the title of best new artist, as well as best rap performance with “No Problem” featuring 2 Chainz and Lil’ Wayne, and best rap album for the critically acclaimed Coloring Book. Chance’s rise to fame and critical acclaim is reminiscent of the classic story of the underdog, with a bit of a twist—Chance is still independent and releasing free music. The fact that he’s able to put out quality content for free and be recognized for it by critics, fans, and award academies alike is absolutely incredible. And, something worth noting, this is all being done with a particular mission on Chance’s part; he is aiming to add some positivity to the world.
To Keep it Blunt…
More artists need to follow Chance’s courageous lead; putting out quality, positive music while staying true to their sound and their message. Now, by no means is this to be expected of every rapper that comes along, but balance needs to be brought back to the game. Nowadays we’ve got a surplus of artists rapping about the same debauchery-filled content over and over again, and it’s nice to hear some uplifting music finally shine through all of the darkness. At a time where the media is shoveling us nothing but violent news, people are struggling, and nations are divided, profound and positive music is much appreciated and needed. Hopefully, more artists continue to follow this trend and demonstrate the same sort of leadership that Chance has been for the past couple of years.
If you’re looking for some more positive music to listen to, you can click HERE for an Apple Music playlist I put together which I’m going to continue to update. Happy Listening.