THE STREAMING CLIMATE

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Submitted Date 02/23/2019
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The streaming climate is a weird and always evolving thing. When it comes to rap, streaming is a catch 22. Rapping or making music is more accessible than ever now, which is great but it also means that anyone can just pick it up and do it. We get access to music at a drop of a dime but I believe it‘s leading to a lot of music sounding the exact same. I think it’s going to eventually lead to over saturation of artists as well. Since streaming can be a cheat code when your album can be certified gold or platinum just by adding a very popular single to it, which is crazy to me. In 2018 we saw an influx of 20+ track albums as a tactic for artist to generate streaming numbers and income. That would be all fine and dandy if artist were putting on quality 20+ track albums but they weren’t. I don’t know about you but it’s really hard to sit and listen to album filled with subpar songs in its entirety. To avoid this article being entirely pessimistic I’ll finish by saying this. While they are artists trying to beat the system (which I have no problem with), there will always be artists who take the craft seriously and are constantly trying to push the genre forward.

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  • David Ross Washington Jr 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    While they are artists trying to beat the system (which I have no problem with), there will always be artists who take the craft seriously and are constantly trying to push the genre forward.
    I wholeheartedly agree with this. I feel like streaming is a good and a bad thing. It makes it hard for artist to make money off their music because you get paid very little for streaming, but at the same token it makes it easier to make hits because people don't have to buy the music they could stream for free or pay a cheaper amount for unlimited streaming of music. I think how fast track minded people are about simple music should be in our society is what I believe makes music sound the same and subpar, sadly.

    • Jalen Coy 3 weeks, 5 days ago

      I completely forgot to mention the artist don’t get paid much from it. It’s why I don’t have a problem with them doing it. It’s just that everything is going gold and platinum now but there was a time when only select music got that kind of status. I still can’t knock them though. And true. It’s just the microwave era that we’re in.

  • Miranda Fotia 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    it’s really hard to sit and listen to album filled with subpar songs in its entirety.
    Very true! I miss the old rap. I hate to say that because it makes me sound old with the whole, "back in my day" talk, but I can't listen to music with no soul and the new stuff just doesn't do it for me. It's too commercial for my taste. What is the last rap album you were able to sit and listen to in it's entirety and fully enjoy it?

    • Jalen Coy 3 weeks, 5 days ago

      I agree and I know I came down kind of hard on the newer generation of rap but I can still somewhat enjoy some of the newer guys that put out music. If I had to pick the last album that I really enjoyed in its entirety was probably Meek Mill’s Championships.

    • Miranda Fotia 3 weeks, 4 days ago

      Most recent one for me was Lil Wayne\'s Tha Carter III in 2008. To be fair though, I haven\'t heard Nas 2018 album. He is one of the best rappers of all time in my opinion.

    • Jalen Coy 3 weeks, 4 days ago

      I didn’t think Nasir was a great album but a lot of good albums have dropped since then lol

    • Miranda Fotia 3 weeks, 4 days ago

      I was worried about the collaboration with Kanye....

  • Tomas Chough 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    I agree! As a musician I always think about this stuff. It is hard to make a living and put your heart and soul into making pure genuine songs. Personally I think the art comes first, but I understand people just wanting to make hits to stay relevant and get plays. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jalen Coy 3 weeks, 3 days ago

      I agree but as the kids of this generation get older I think we’ll see those pure genuine songs become more popular again. But it’s clear some rappers/artists are just making music as a way to make ends meet.