I listen to Hip hop because I feel like I’m getting something out of it. I like to reflect on what he/she has said. Maybe it’ll give me inspiration for a book or a character. When I tell people this, they think I’m crazy because ‘Rappers are misogynistic’ or ‘its just a bunch of idiots rapping about money and hoes’. It shocks me because I thought people had moved on from that mindset.
Something I try to never do is generalise anything. It’s important to understand things before sharing your opinion otherwise you come across as being ignorant.
I’m writing this post to talk about a song that came out a few months ago. But before I do, I wanted to let you all know that this is my opinion and opinions can be wrong. If you think I’ve said something, that doesn’t make sense, just let me know down in the comments.
The song and music video I’m going to discuss is call LoveDrug by a rapper named ‘Omen’, in the song he talks about the effects social media is having on this generation.
This song was interesting to me because I don’t like to use social media, I rarely use it. I’d rather speak to people, face to face.
But if you don’t use any social media sites, you are disconnected from so many things. Sometimes those things aren’t even important but when you’re with friends, you feel like you’re out of the loop.
LoveDrug by Omen.
The video starts off with a man talking about social media and the effect its having on his life. Almost like it’s a burden to take photos and record everything on your phone rather than actually living in the moment.
Another man questions what effect this is having on peoples minds and how are people going to behave in the next 20 to 30 years.
Omen talks about how everyone desires attention and recognition from the world. People want to become wealthy from entertainment. People will sell their own lives to entertain others some do it for free; ‘nothing’s sacred’ and people are ‘addicted to this drug call attention’.
In verse two; the addiction is getting worse. Now ‘he’ wants to be ‘televised. I need to be recognised’. Attention has him convinced that people will love and accept him wherever he goes. Online celebrity isn’t enough. But then with popularity, the media likes to discuss other peoples faults and mistakes. They might say they hate ‘his’ behaviour but they still watch ‘him’. In turn ‘he’ makes more money.
In verse three; he raps about, how selling himself or his life, pain, joy everything about his personality has made him famous. People treat him with respect and he feels like he’s important.
Personality is whats making money and people have no limits as to what they’ll put out into the world. Sometimes their personality is just for show, which can be quite scary.
In the end, he gets serious and wonders if people are ‘headed for a ruin, my generation influenced by attention whores’.
Even if this generation has some positive role models, everyone pays attention to what ever is popular and they all feed into creating problems for future generations.
He references the term ‘microwave culture‘, a brief description is that people expect instant results and solutions. If its not instant, its useless or not worth pursuing.
Personally I think the desire to become famous, comes from wanting to feel like your life means something. That you were created for a reason, maybe to do something important. There might be some people who do this to feel validated.
As for 20 to 30 years in the future, I don’t know what the state of the world will be, but I try to stay away from things that make me hate myself.
What do you think? Please share your thoughts.
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