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Thread started 06/25/16 7:12pm

dancerella

Is it me, or do all rappers sound the same?

I'm watching this really ratchet BET show featuring artists that will perform on the awards tomorrow night and I'm noticing how every rapper has the exact same cadences. The beats are all the same as well. What happened to the days of rappers having different styles and flows? LL Cool J didn't sound anything like Big Daddy Kane for example. Why is it this way now?
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Reply #1 posted 06/25/16 7:48pm

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I think it's because of the trap music phenomenon now so you're right.

I can't tell the difference between Future and most of the current new

crop of rappers.

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Reply #2 posted 06/25/16 8:17pm

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I kind of feel the same way but I avoid saying that to my son who is a total rap fan since he went away to college. It's great that he wants to share his musical interests with me and I try to keep an open mind towards all music. I had to take it in small doses at first but I actually really like some of kendrick's work. So that's encouraging. I may even be ready to check out another rapper's material lol
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Reply #3 posted 06/25/16 8:51pm

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sonshine said:

I kind of feel the same way but I avoid saying that to my son who is a total rap fan since he went away to college. It's great that he wants to share his musical interests with me and I try to keep an open mind towards all music. I had to take it in small doses at first but I actually really like some of kendrick's work. So that's encouraging. I may even be ready to check out another rapper's material lol

Love Kendrick rainbow a lot of the hip hop from Minnesota's own Rhymesayers label is pretty good too if you're looking for something that will inspire you.
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Reply #4 posted 06/25/16 10:30pm

dancerella

It's interesting to see what an impact trap has made in hip hop. In the 80s electro was huge but I'm not sure that everyone sounded so much alike. Or did they??
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Reply #5 posted 06/25/16 10:59pm

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no. same may.

I find more singers sound alike than rappers do, alot more.

a singer with a unique tone is more rare than one with range and technique.

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Reply #6 posted 06/26/16 12:39am

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pinkeekeen said:

sonshine said:

I kind of feel the same way but I avoid saying that to my son who is a total rap fan since he went away to college. It's great that he wants to share his musical interests with me and I try to keep an open mind towards all music. I had to take it in small doses at first but I actually really like some of kendrick's work. So that's encouraging. I may even be ready to check out another rapper's material lol

Love Kendrick rainbow a lot of the hip hop from Minnesota's own Rhymesayers label is pretty good too if you're looking for something that will inspire you.

Thank you for the suggestion smile
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Reply #7 posted 06/26/16 6:54am

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No they do not all sound the same.
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Reply #8 posted 06/26/16 9:48am

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Trap homogenized the genre on the mainstream font but even there we got some unique voices.

If anything, you can tell most rappers apart but it's more so because of their voices rather than their cadences, flows or production.
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Reply #9 posted 06/26/16 10:16am

CynicKill

It's just you.

Drake sounds nothing like Future.

And nobody sounds like Yung Thug (thank God).

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Reply #10 posted 06/26/16 11:37am

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Mainstream rappers might sound the same, but if you look of well-known waters, you'll be surprised.

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Reply #11 posted 06/26/16 1:43pm

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All this trap stuff def. sounds the same: ignorant and unoriginal with a knack for triggering Tinnitus. When I want to see dope hip-hop artists of actual talent, technique, and substance I look for them via NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert" series. cool
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Reply #12 posted 06/26/16 4:53pm

dancerella

MotownSubdivision said:

Trap homogenized the genre on the mainstream font but even there we got some unique voices.

If anything, you can tell most rappers apart but it's more so because of their voices rather than their cadences, flows or production.



I swear it sounds like one person is producing beats and albums for every single rapper. The production is exactly the same and the rappers all have the exact same flow. The voices as you said are the only thing that sets them apart. Amazing! This is why I listen to a lot if UK Grime. No one here sounds like them and there's some life to the music. It's also not as dark and sinister in its tone.
Check out Frisco! His album is the bizness!
[Edited 6/26/16 16:54pm]
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Reply #13 posted 06/26/16 9:54pm

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New rap yes. And trap has even seeped into current R&B.
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Reply #14 posted 06/27/16 5:37am

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dancerella said:

MotownSubdivision said:

Trap homogenized the genre on the mainstream font but even there we got some unique voices.

If anything, you can tell most rappers apart but it's more so because of their voices rather than their cadences, flows or production.



I swear it sounds like one person is producing beats and albums for every single rapper. The production is exactly the same and the rappers all have the exact same flow. The voices as you said are the only thing that sets them apart. Amazing! This is why I listen to a lot if UK Grime. No one here sounds like them and there's some life to the music. It's also not as dark and sinister in its tone.
Check out Frisco! His album is the bizness!
[Edited 6/26/16 16:54pm]
In terms of production, it's basically all about replicating the popular sound which now anybody from a legit hip hop producer to your next door neighbor could make. There's little individuality in hip hop's sound in the mainstream which is a tad ironic considering all people care about are beats today.

I tried listening to UK hip hop before but I'll learn to speak Spanish fluently before I understand a single word most English rappers say. Some of their accents are so thick that it doesn't even sound like they're speaking English lol
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Reply #15 posted 06/27/16 8:30am

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New rap yes. And trap has even seeped into current R&B.

ugh, it has and I despise it.

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Reply #16 posted 06/27/16 8:38am

Scorp

Its a rap, no pun intended
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Reply #17 posted 06/27/16 8:39am

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They're all rapping in triplets, and the drums are doing the same thing. And everyone is using the 808 *instead of layering it* under unique sampled drum breaks. Ta-da! Everything sounds the same because IT IS!

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Reply #18 posted 06/27/16 8:40am

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CROWNS1 said:

LittleBLUECorvette said:

New rap yes. And trap has even seeped into current R&B.

ugh, it has and I despise it.

I like Usher, but that new song is fishslap whack!

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Reply #19 posted 06/27/16 8:44am

Cinny

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Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana sounded great. excited

I truthfully have not yet warmed up to Anderson .Paak yet, but he seems to be fresher. thumbs up!

Tired of everyone being on Kendrick Lamar's dick but everyone likes that he hasn't dumbed it down too much. hmmm

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Reply #20 posted 06/27/16 12:39pm

dancerella

MotownSubdivision said:

dancerella said:




I swear it sounds like one person is producing beats and albums for every single rapper. The production is exactly the same and the rappers all have the exact same flow. The voices as you said are the only thing that sets them apart. Amazing! This is why I listen to a lot if UK Grime. No one here sounds like them and there's some life to the music. It's also not as dark and sinister in its tone.
Check out Frisco! His album is the bizness!
[Edited 6/26/16 16:54pm]
In terms of production, it's basically all about replicating the popular sound which now anybody from a legit hip hop producer to your next door neighbor could make. There's little individuality in hip hop's sound in the mainstream which is a tad ironic considering all people care about are beats today.

I tried listening to UK hip hop before but I'll learn to speak Spanish fluently before I understand a single word most English rappers say. Some of their accents are so thick that it doesn't even sound like they're speaking English lol



Your post is right on. It's probably to the point where soon even even my mother will be able to produce a trap beat lol! As for the UK rapper accents,yes some of them can be quite thick. I understand because I'm a brit though I've been Americanized now.
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Reply #21 posted 06/27/16 12:41pm

dancerella

Cinny said:



CROWNS1 said:




LittleBLUECorvette said:


New rap yes. And trap has even seeped into current R&B.

ugh, it has and I despise it.



I like Usher, but that new song is fishslap whack!




His performance on the BET awards was insane though. Homeboy can dance his ass off!
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Reply #22 posted 06/27/16 12:43pm

dancerella

Cinny said:

Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana sounded great. excited

I truthfully have not yet warmed up to Anderson .Paak yet, but he seems to be fresher. thumbs up!

Tired of everyone being on Kendrick Lamar's dick but everyone likes that he hasn't dumbed it down too much. hmmm




I actually appreciate that Fat Joe's song doesn't quite sound the same as everyone else right now.
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Reply #23 posted 06/27/16 1:00pm

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dancerella said:

Cinny said:



CROWNS1 said:




LittleBLUECorvette said:


New rap yes. And trap has even seeped into current R&B.

ugh, it has and I despise it.



I like Usher, but that new song is fishslap whack!



He can dance we've been knowing that for 20 years. But why he doing a song that should be on Bryson Tillers album?
His performance on the BET awards was insane though. Homeboy can dance his ass off!
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Reply #24 posted 06/27/16 2:18pm

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The 808 was always the bread of the production sandwich and then dressed up with samples. Now that those ingredients are too costly or hard to clear.. all everyone is left with is the bread.

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Reply #25 posted 06/27/16 4:48pm

Scorp

Cinny said:

The 808 was always the bread of the production sandwich and then dressed up with samples. Now that those ingredients are too costly or hard to clear.. all everyone is left with is the bread.




Sourdough bread
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Reply #26 posted 06/27/16 5:11pm

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Scorp said:

Cinny said:

The 808 was always the bread of the production sandwich and then dressed up with samples. Now that those ingredients are too costly or hard to clear.. all everyone is left with is the bread.




Sourdough bread

Molded bread.
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Reply #27 posted 06/27/16 6:32pm

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dancerella said:

MotownSubdivision said:

Trap homogenized the genre on the mainstream font but even there we got some unique voices.

If anything, you can tell most rappers apart but it's more so because of their voices rather than their cadences, flows or production.



I swear it sounds like one person is producing beats and albums for every single rapper. The production is exactly the same and the rappers all have the exact same flow. The voices as you said are the only thing that sets them apart. Amazing! This is why I listen to a lot if UK Grime. No one here sounds like them and there's some life to the music. It's also not as dark and sinister in its tone.
Check out Frisco! His album is the bizness!
[Edited 6/26/16 16:54pm]


Don't worry it's not just you. All this trap crap and the crappy rappers sounds exactly the same...
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Reply #28 posted 06/27/16 6:35pm

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2020 said:

dancerella said:
I swear it sounds like one person is producing beats and albums for every single rapper. The production is exactly the same and the rappers all have the exact same flow. The voices as you said are the only thing that sets them apart. Amazing! This is why I listen to a lot if UK Grime. No one here sounds like them and there's some life to the music. It's also not as dark and sinister in its tone. Check out Frisco! His album is the bizness! [Edited 6/26/16 16:54pm]
Don't worry it's not just you. All this trap crap and the crappy rappers sounds exactly the same...

Thank good ness for the new crop that doesn't do t(c)rap like KEndrick, J. COle and Big KRIT amung a few others.

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Reply #29 posted 06/28/16 5:34am

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If u actually pay attention the answer is no, but honestly, there isn't much out there to pay attention to.

It's all Beat driven with a few exceptions. I dig Lamar, Cole and ......I can't even think of another current act I'd give the time of day to. Thank goodness my old school cats KRS & Paris are still dropping new joints or I'd cross rap off my list completely.

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