dasha ware, rsg agency

In today’s climate, times are always changing. No one person can see what the near-future holds as current events change on a dime nowadays. When examining major events across the country, and the world, as a whole, it’s safe to say that the past decade or two have had a drastic spike of everlasting events that are bound to make history books. From politics to fashion icons to global movements, each event grabbed the world’s attention in its own way. But it can be debated whether or not it’s a good idea to introduce these fresh and impacting topics into the music industry. 

Many major events from the past 15-20 years have been incorporated into rap lyrics with success. Some of these events include 9/11, the Taliban, the Boston Bombing, and many others that citizens across the globe remember to this day. However, these weren’t incorporated for quite some time after, and they were incorporated nonchalantly. These past events and their lyrical implementation have depended on the severity of such event, the time that’s passed by, as well as the unified stance on the topic. 

More recent events including the #MeToo movement, as well as the Coronavirus, should be heavily considered before incorporating them into lyrics. These events are still in the daily news, with many people using music as an escape to get away from these topics. Furthermore, many listeners may feel troubled listening to these lyrics in a song if they aren’t properly handled with care, as it could come across as making light of a serious situation. 

Another aspect to consider is just how passionate many of the artist’s fans and listeners are about the topics being mentioned. Many people have had troubles with certain rappers writing about 9/11 in an unintentionally offensive manner, as the lyrics treated the situation as light and something that most have moved on from and forgiven since. 

While these situations backfired on the artists, other rappers have done so and not been attacked in the slightest for doing so. On Meek Mill’s song “What’s Free”, Rick Ross raps about the latest in Tekashi 6ix9ine’s court cases. People didn’t have any issue with him doing so at the current time, as information about the case was public knowledge and the general public wasn’t on 6ix9ine’s side. 

Every situation is different, depending on the current event that’s desired to be brought up and the time since it’s happened. For most rappers, the safe bet is to refrain from referring to extremely current events and rapping on other topics or past events instead. The last thing an artist wants is to be scrutinized by the public eye for being insensitive to a certain group of people or events. Carefully choosing which topics to rap about in an artist’s latest music is sure to garner fan attention and critical acclaim over time, pushing them to the top.