Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Under The Influence
A IM convo with R.E. inspired this blog post. Well, that and a myspace bulletin from B.O.B.
He notified all of his myspace friends that he just posted a new song "Ill Be In the Sky" on his page and that he wanted feedback. I left some. Since I've been on dude for a while, have all of his stuff and have done what I can do to support...I'm allowed to talk.
I didn't really like that song and some of the stuff he's been doing lately. Not because its wack, but mainly because it seems like he is trying to hard to sound like Dre 3000 in some respects. Like when I first heard "Cloud 9" yeah dude was singing, but he sounded like himself. But nowadays when dude sings, he sounds like Dre more often than not. Now, by no means am I calling B.O.B. a Dre biter. It just sounds like he lets the influence influence him a little too much sometimes. I prefer rapping ass nigga from Decatur B.O.B. over the super-musical rockstar guy his image seems to be portraying right now. And I know that rapping ass nigga from Decatur B.O.B. still exists because of the stuff he does with Playboi Tre and other songs like "Fuck You." Where even there he sings, but he still sounds like himself.
I guess the point I'm making/question I'm asking is...if rappers out here are going to be heavily influenced...or even bite, should we be satisfied or happy in that at least they are heavily influenced or biting dope ass artists? Like, say if someone came out heavily influenced/biting Scarface, would you be mad? Me personally, I want my nigga Gorilla Zoe to bite the shit out of Scarface, that's just me though.
Or, would you be upset at a dude for being heavily influenced/biting Eminem (Asher *cough* Roth *cough*). At least dude is sounding like a dude who at the turn of the century was one of the fiercest MCs known to mankind, right?
R.E. sparked the thought that at least B.O.B. and others borrowing from 3000 are doing just that. Instead of borrowing from cats like Jeezy and going out spitting faux cliche lines about the trap life. Or Shawty Lo and just whispering on a song. Or T-Pain and doing annoying things with their voice, making you hate the originator in the process.
Is that something that should be at least halfway commended? Has the quality of music dropped so low that we should be happy when some body gets heavily influenced/bites some one that actually like, because it reminds us of them?
What do ya'll think?