UK Rap ≥ US Rap

MUSIC is great, don’t you agree?!

It’s always nice to see an artist embark on the journey from being unknown to having a song on the charts and selling out shows. The growth and transition involved have always interested me. The music scene in the UK over the past couple of years has skyrocketed in terms of popularity and exposure. It has become established enough to match up/rival with the likes of America & their music industry.

A plethora of artists have emerged as of late and are showing the world just how diverse  & musically talented the UK really is. It’s pretty exciting if you ask me.

Now onto US Rap, I’ve never been able to completely vibe to artists like Gucci Mane, Migos, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie etc.

It has always been the odd song that would sit well with me. The rest just wouldn’t cut it. I guess it all comes down to preference/taste. Also, I guess UK Rap sits better with me because it’s where I live so it’s relatable and I enjoy music I can relate to.

Again, with US music, the majority isn’t to my liking, because I enjoy a tune that I can move to. It’s not every day bop your head, let my shoulders and legs join in maybe?

The people close to me will know how diligently I follow the UK music movement and also how much I enjoy discovering new artists. Mainly because of the unfiltered or raw vibe, they come with.

For example, when Dave (commonly known as Satandave) really left his mark on the public with his BLACKBOX freestyle a couple years back. It was intense. It’s brilliant to see how much he’s grown/matured. As well as the contrast of character and presence in front of the camera, that is shown from his freestyle all those years ago with the recent release of the lyrical heavyweight  Hangman.

That’s what I feel is missing from the rap scene in the US. If it’s not about cocaine, lean or ass then people don’t want to hear it. Don’t get me wrong the UK talk about similar subjects in their respective songs but there is much more variety here. A lot of artists in the US are very similar.

Similar vibe. Similar persona’s. Similar execution. 

A great example of unorthodox execution would be Mo’Stack. Tell me, who in the world has a similar sound as this guy? I’ll wait…

If you don’t believe me, have a listen to his new song What I Wanna and try to tell me that he isn’t in his own little world.

Music is an extremely effective way to voice your opinions, values, and way of life (culture). Movements are made every day, by different people, with different common goals. A movement I’d like to mention in particular is one I recently stumbled across while I was browsing through Youtube, looking for new faces in music. They go by the name of  YTBYTN consisting of rappers from from J-Block in Ipswich, UK. Each rapper has a different style but they share a common goal of making their movement known worldwide.

Have a look at them, definitely.

In conclusion: I believe that UK rap is equal to, if not better than US Rap and it is only going to get better.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the future.

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