Hip-hop is one of my favorite music genres, but sadly hip-hop has disintegrated over the years. It’s just not what it once was. True hip-hop to me has always been about storytelling and technique, but it doesn’t seem like it takes much skill these days. I was listening to “Faded” by Tyga ft. Lil Wayne and even though Lil Wayne isn’t necessarily my favorite rapper I have to commend him on his clever word play in one of his lines. (Warning: Explicit language ahead) The line goes like this: “She knows my dick. She call that nigga Richard prior to me comin I had to stick my thumb in…” You see what he did there? Dick is another name for Richard and then Richard Pryor/”prior” was a comedian. I just thought that was so clever. Being an English major I can appreciate little nuggets like that within the lyrics. I just don’t like the direction that hip-hop has been going the past few years. It’s just been bizarre lately like that god awful song “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B.
Today as I was listening to music I contemplated “What makes a song a classic?” I was listening to “No Diggity” by Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and that is a classic hip hop song, so it made me wonder “What makes a song a classic?” There are many songs that we might consider classics. Maybe they became instant classics as soon as we heard them or maybe they became classics over time. For me, I definitely think what makes a song a classic is the lyrics and the beat. What do you think makes a classic song?