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Cole12 November 14th, 2017 5:06am

Rap is getting more and more popular. These days, it seems like rap (not that R&B shit, but actual rap) always makes up around half of the Billboard 100. Do you think the market share of hip-hop will continue to increase?

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dylkohl The Media Lies
11/20/17 6:07 pm

i’m in Gen Z and rap is absolutely huge but i see R&B taking over. most popular rapper rn that isn’t awful is Kendrick Lamar but i can see Frank Ocean taking over

OhTheIrony Learning from you
11/14/17 4:01 pm

I prefer the music I enjoy to be unpopular. I think if I heard something I liked on the radio all the time, I would grow to hate it.

As for the rap question, I think the genre's relative market share will remain consistent as long as the US black population stays relatively constant. The market seems pretty saturated already as far as I can tell.

liam2013 iowa
11/14/17 5:44 am

No, like all trends in music it will have a limited lifespan. It really isn't that popular with the whole population just young listeners.

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qmastrangelo Pottsvegas, PA
11/13/17 11:04 pm

I hope so, I'm a huge Kendrick Lamar fan

bower8899 ...
11/13/17 10:40 pm

Rap is the music of the revolution

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/13/17 11:03 pm

C'est la lutte finale. Groupons-nous et demain...
Völker hört die Signale, auf zum letzten Gefecht.

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Tariq88 Utah
11/14/17 12:10 pm

Not these days, it used to be. Today it is just a bunch of mumbling that only talks about partying, drug abuse, hustling, thug stuff, relationships, or just plain comical and wack. You will find good rap/hip hop today but not in the mainstream. That is just my opinion and I don't listen any music for that matter.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
11/13/17 10:25 pm

Pure rap probably not but hiphop yes.

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PyroSadist like my comments follow
11/13/17 10:14 pm

Rap=crap
The genre will die out eventually...sooner rather than later would be good!

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Cole12 ...
11/13/17 10:12 pm

I'm super happy with the current direction of music. Rap is gaining popularity, and the quality of rap keeps improving. 21 Savage, Young Thug, Lil Pump, Yo Gotti, Migos, Gucci Mane are all in the top 20 right now, and they're all talented rappers. It seems like Generation Z is loving the same kind of rap that Millennials like me love. Lil Pump - born in 2000, the first national Generation Z rapper - has an awesome sound and is putting out some innovative stuff. The future looks bright!

ComradeJames nationalism
11/13/17 10:43 pm

Ugh, I'm Gen Z, but I much prefer the sound of older rap (Nas, 2Pac, Biggie, Dre, Ice Cube, Mos Def, Paris, Wu-Tang, etc.) to most of the new guys (Drake, Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Fort Minor, Migos, XXXTentacion, etc). But to each his own, I guess.

And there are plenty of rappers that haven't adopted the trendy new sound, like Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Jedi Mind Tricks, Killer Mike, Lupe Fiasco, Hopsin, Akala, Lowkey, Black Thought, etc. They're also leftists and highly political, if you're into that shit.

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Cole12 ...
11/13/17 10:47 pm

I wish Immortal Technique and other great political artists would start rapping over hardcore trap beats. That I could get into.