There is no doubt that music is a language which can be used to communicate with people from all around the world. Each genre has its own unique methodology of communicating about an era, an idea, an influence or social issue that has to be addressed. However, out of all the genres present in the industry today, rap is considered to be one of the most expressive forms of music.
This genre has been present for decades now and the world has witnessed the emergence of musicians who have taken rap to a whole different level. How can anyone forget the Tupac era? His music shed light on police brutality and other core social issues that were unaddressed by the media and society. During this era, the notorious B.I.G used his dark semibiographical lyrics to talk about violence and hardship. These musicians used their music to speak about social issues that needed to be addressed. Without their efforts, these issues would still be prevalent in our society today.
Furthermore, their music paved the way for artists all around the world to use their lyrics to support a positive agenda. Every year it seems that rappers are addressing social issues such as the Black Rights Movement. Artists such as Kendrick Lamar have used their music to voice how people are being treated differently because of their skin color, i.e. racism and color discrimination. Rap artists have continued to create audio symbols of liberation, resistance, and empowerment.
Rap Is Not Limited to Social Issues
Previously, rap was only used to speak about social issues such as gang violence, gun control, and other issues. However, now artists are even using rap to talk about religion. There are many artists such as Radikal Hughes, who has dedicated his music career to spreading Christianity. Radikal Hughes has used his music to talk to millions of people about the beautiful aspects of Christianity and has collaborated with renowned artist Viktory, who is another Christian rapper.
At the same time rappers, such as Kanye West, are using their music to support political agendas. He is not only using his lyrics to voice his ideology and political beliefs but is also using his social media presence to spread his message. It does not matter how controversial his beliefs might be, through his music he has the ability to speak to millions of people all around the world.
Furthermore, artists are also using their lyrics to battle with other artists using subliminal messages. For example, Nicki Minaj has been quite vocal with her lyrics as she continues to refer to Cardi B in her music. What makes these messages more effective is the fact that each artist mostly never name who the message is for.
So you might listen to a whole track without realizing that the song was dedicated to throwing shade on another artist. Due to the versatility that the rap genres provide, the artist will continue to speak through their music and will spread their message to millions of people.