Now classmates, here I find myself with a major question; one that plays in the back of my mind quite frequently, especially now as I let lyrics wash over me as I submerge myself deeper into this class. My question is: why am I consistently and constantly attracted to some of the most superficial lyrics ever written?
In particular, I am talking about a selective group of songs to which I feel a very strong connection to my own adolescence. I’m sure most of you (with any taste) will know in which type of genre these group of songs belong, but I can’t seem to put my finger on a title for the group yet. Some of the lyrics include:
Hey Ma, Cam’ron feat. Juelz Santana
Mesmerize, Ja Rule feat. Ashanti
Body on Me, Nelly feat. Ashanti
Dilemma, Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland
… Just to name a few.
For me, these songs reverberate a sense of childhood and remind me of the late 90’s early 2000’s. Now as you can see there is some overlap of artists on this list, maybe my attraction to these lyrics has to do with how I find familiarity in certain artists from my adolescence. Maybe it’s the catchy piano-based beats or the perfect balance of romance and sexual aggression between two musically talented individuals. Or maybe, just maybe, I enjoy not being challenged in any way by the lyrics and that superficiality plays an important role in hip hop. With lines like “So ma whats up? Lets slide, alright, alright, we gon’ get it on tonight” (from Hey Ma) and “tryna get in them drawers, and bangin’ out til the mornin’” (from Body on me), I just can’t seem to make a judgment call on shallow lyrics. I think I would argue that the "lightness" of these songs have some importance.
Maybe I am reading too much into this, but I am curious to know if anyone else feels the same way I do about this genre of lyric (or maybe I alone just find them awesome).