If I’m being completely honest, I don’t listen to a lot of radio anymore. At least, not very much by my own choice. My beloved car can only pick up about four radio stations as it is and each of those play more or less the same songs they have been playing for the last ten years. Also radio adverts get on my tits. I do not care that DFS have yet another sale or that Wickes has their name on everything.
I am also not a fond follower of popular chart music because I am over twelve. I do sometimes like to hear what’s popular every now and then but each time I crack on the radio and have a listen, about 9/10 times I will come across a song I’ll recognise, then realise that it’s a classic with some rap lines put on top of the verses.
If you don’t understand what I mean, I’ll give you some examples…
Alyssa Reid ft. P Reign – ‘Alone Again’ (Originally Heart – ‘Alone’)
Nicki Minaj – ‘Girls Fall Like Dominoes’ (originally The Big Pink – Dominoes)
and the cleverly named ‘Opposite of Adults’ by Chiddy Bang (originally MGMT – ‘Kids’)
In my opinion, it used to be a fresh idea. The first time I heard something similar was TuPac’s remix of Elton John’s ‘Indian Sunset’, which was named ‘Ghetto Gospel’. To this day I still think that song was a little bit of genius. It was catchy and the lyrics to each song could be cleverly compared with each other in two different times. As I say though, the idea now seems to be done to death and I can’t see much in the way of originality, or much of a thought process in the songs.
I’m sure a lot of you actually like these songs – that is fine. I’m also sure a lot of you do not like these songs – that is fine too. But the fact is that musicians cannot simply just keep whacking rap lines over songs they haven’t written. I do not often hear any crediting to the original artists either. I am sure they are probably paid for copyright of the songs, but then it just dampens my spirits that musicians aren’t writing music because they want to write music. But that’s a whole other story.
Now, here is a really refreshing idea and fits really nicely in to this current season. Meet The Biblecode Sunday’s side project The Ginger Melodeon Experience absolutely dominating Flo Rider’s – Whistle.
So, please, aspiring rap artists – write your own music.
And don’t even get me started on the grotesque amount of ‘dubstep’ remixes of every song alive.
** Up Mayo by The Ginger Melodeon Experience is a song to celebrate Mayo reaching the All-Ireland final 2012, and is released in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Please visit DOWNLOAD THE TRACK FOR FREE and donate to a great cause!