Is Post Malone trying to depart from hip hop?
I previously wrote an article on how Post Malone’s latest hit single, dubbed Rockstar, was a surprisingly predictable and generic song from an otherwise unique artist. Following his recent comments about the hip hop genre, the image of his career has become clearer.
If you didn’t hear what Post Malone said, here it is:
“If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop”
If you’re not interested in hip hop, you’ll probably be confused why his comments are stirring up so much controversy. Many criticise the genre for only featuring lyrics about money, sex and violence. To be honest, it’s not difficult to see why, especially when mediocre-at-best artists like Lil Pump are managing to gain mass popularity with highly repetitive and shallow lyrics.
Any fans of the genre know this to be a surface level commentary, though.
Artists like J Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Tyler The Creator are constantly pushing the genre forward by creating lyrically driven narratives with every new album. Kendrick and Cole, in particular, often deliver emotive social commentary within their music; which is why fans took such offence to Post Malone.
Post Malone had also previously been under scrutiny for appropriating the culture, so for him to make these comments only strengthens these allegations.
He later apologised for what was said, stating that he was intoxicated and didn’t realise what he was saying.
I don’t believe him.
Since the release of his debut album, Post Malone has been continuously mentioning that he intends to release a rock album alongside his next hip hop one. Additionally, during his Noisey Raps interview we see him exclusively listen to rock. It seems this is where his passion currently lies, and I’d love to see him release a song that reflects this (listen to his feature in the song Burning Man to get an idea what it may sound like).
In his apology he claims that he wouldn’t make hip hop music if he wasn’t interested in the genre; I disagree. Post Malone signed to Republic Records as a hip hop artist, and they are likely to want him to release music that reflects this for the foreseeable future. Ultimately, they are likely to be the final voice in which songs he releases and which he doesn’t.
However, I could be wrong.