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A Lesson for Musicians on Britain’s Got Talent

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A Lesson for Musicians on Britain’s Got Talent

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I have always been a very tough critic on a lot of music genres. I find that it can get very generic, very fast, and a lot of the music can end up sounding the same. Be that rock, metal, punk, indie, rap, hip-hop, whatever; if it sounds overly generic, and as if it was simply rehashing what has already been done, I will call it out. Even if it has been some of my favorite bands. I openly say that the last few Children of Bodom albums, – one of my all time favorite bands, who’s shows I’ve only missed three times since 2006 – Blooddrunk, Relentless Reckless Forever, and Halo of Blood were terrible, meh and not all that great, respectively. Good, we got that out of the way, now let’s talk shop.

I listen to a lot of different music genres, and one of the genres that I have very often found myself knocking was on rap and hip-hop. Before I go on, I would like to say that, as far as I am concerned, the real rappers were the likes of Biggie Smalls, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and even Eminem. Why? Because these guys rapped about stuff that mattered, and that matters to them. They talk about stuff that they lived through, the real school of hard knocks, and what troubles they went through in their lives. Lately, I find myself trying listening to guys like Wiz Khalifa, Drake, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, and the rest of the popular crew, and I find that it has lost all meaning. Most of what guys these days talk about is spending money, women, drugs, partying. I feel, more often than not, that the real meaning of where Rap started from (the underground nightclubs, the rap battles, the creative outlet for people who had nothing else) really has become lost. My view on that has changed today, after stumbling upon a video of Britain’s Got Talent, on 9Gag.

But who could this mighty game-changer, this new-wave of rap, this revolutionary be? Well, as it were, it’s a kid. Well, two kids actually. Charlie, age 15, and Leondre, age 13, are a rap/singer duo that are competing in Britain’s Got Talent 2014, doing a cover of Twista and Faith Evans’ duet Hope. But of course, it wouldn’t be amazing if they didn’t put their own twist to it. Leondre explains throughout the video that he was bullied in school, and that his outlet was to write his lyrics. This was HIS creative outlet when he felt at his lowest. Suffice it to say, the crowd was awed, and so was I. I won’t spoil it but all I can say is that a lot of people have a lot to learn from these high school kids, especially from Leondre. Watch the video, judge for yourself, but really, take a minute to listen, because this actually matters.

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