Ozzy Osbourne, the vocalist of the metal band Black Sabbath and occasional actor, was recently interviewed about today’s modern music. When asked if he listens to anything new he replied saying no but what was probably the highlight of the video was when he was asked if he listened to Justin Bieber, to which he replied “Who the f*** is Justin Bieber?” only to be applauded by several people from the audience. To be honest I did feel a bit sorry for Justin, having his career being insulted by a person who a lot of people consider a legend is quite humiliating, but what I thought I had similar to Mr. Osbourne was that I am really sick of today’s music and avoid turning on the radio at all. Lyrics that make no sense and beats that sound similar was what had me avoiding the radio.
Today’s Hollywood artists have everything in common and do not contain a single ounce of originality in them. I found that behind the glamour of that Hollywood world there were still some artists that actually made something I could call music. Some of Hollywood’s artists though did have a song or two that actually had meaningful music and so I feel for all the people who are sick of today’s ‘music’, I would post some artists up and their songs.
Outlandish are a group of three close friends formed in 1997, they consist of Isam Bachiri (born in Denmark and of Moroccan background), Waqas Ali Qadri (born in Denmark and of Pakistani background), and Lenny Martinez (born in Honduras and is of Cuban and Honduran descent). All three members are devoutly religious, Isam and Waqas being Muslims, and Lenny being Catholic. There music is unique because all three come from different backgrounds and mix their style, religions and beliefs together to create songs that are full of substance that it is bound to touch your heart. They concentrate on different emotions and topics that include soul searching and Palestine and Israel’s conflict that has been going on for fifty years and more. They’ve done genres that include pop, hip hop, rock and electronic. This group overflow with talent and originality, I would suggest listening to all their albums but some of their hit songs include ‘Rock All Day’, ‘Walou’, ‘Aisha’, ‘Someday’, ‘Crash N’ Burn’, ‘Look Into My Eyes’ and ‘Feels Like Saving The World’.
Felipe Andres Coronel (born February 19, 1978), better known by the stage name Immortal Technique, is an American rapper of Afro-Peruvian descent as well as an urban activist. He was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Harlem, New York. Most of his lyrics focus on controversial issues in global politics. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely a mixture of socialist commentary on issues such as class hierarchy, poverty, religion, government and institutional racism. Coming from a harsh, unsteady life that caused the teenage Felipe to go to jail several times he turns his back on that to try and uncover the truth; which is what most of his lyrics are about- uncovering the truth. Battling with underground MC’s whenever he got the chance to changed Felipe and enhanced his skills and reputation to have a reputation as a ferocious rapper. He concentrates more on lyrics than his beats but still raps over a beat that is catchy enough to grab your attention and deliver his message. Hits include ‘Dance with the Devil’, ‘The Cause of Death’ and ‘Bin Laden’.
Those are my two favourite artists who I really believe are role models for modern meaningful music. Other songs that have meaning are listed below with their artists. There are of course many more songs and artists but these are the ones that are currently on my playlist and to post all of the meaningful artists or songs, though they are a lot less than the other similar ‘hits’ and ‘stars’, they’d be too much to post.
Ironic- stay with me
Mims- if I don’t have you
Nas, Damian Marley, K’Naan- Africa must wake up
Lil Wayne- you ain’t neva gotta ask
Green day- 21 guns
Eminem- when I’m gone, mocking bird, white America, beautiful
Fort minor- where’d you go
Lil wayne, the game- my life
Kid cudi- the prayer
Lil wayne, robin thicke- tie my hands
Lil wayne, Eminem- drop the world
Eminem, 2pac, 50 cent- till I collapse (remix)
Though it involves a lot of swearing and ‘gangster stuff’ the whole thought of fighting and giving it all until a person collapses is what makes me like this song.
Stromae- alors on dance
Believe it or not but when I found a translated English version of this catchy song, the lyrics were very substantive.
Sum 41- some say
3 doors down- my world
30 seconds to mars- closer to the edge