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Music artists experience the emotions they convey in their songs

Music artists experience the emotions they convey in their songs

Music artists experience the emotions they convey in their songs
August 08
20:00 2018

Circumstances always create hunger, and that is why it is sometimes tricky when fans want artists to top their past projects.

People love to classify their favorite genre as “real music.” While this usually reflects an unnecessary sense of superiority over the taste of others, the thought process tells us something important. When we know in our hearts that something feels “real,” whether it be music, film or TV shows, it’s because it was communicating something we identify with.

Consumers across the world have many cultural differences that constrain the ability to identify with the same things. So when an artist is able to reach more people than others, they are doing something valuable.

In music, there are certain lines like “Chicken wings and fries, we don’t go on dates,” or “I love you like a fat kid loves cake,” that convey emotion as well as a reference so ubiquitously known they grab attention unlike any other.

Unfortunately, not all lines are this blissfully ignorant. Many times lyrics end up uniting people who have experienced a similar sadness, an urge to escape from life and pain. Lyrics such as “In the end, it doesn’t even matter,” or “Everything that shines ain’t always gonna be gold,” were created by people who dealt with mental illnesses. The first comes from the lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, who committed suicide in 2017, and the second from Kid Cudi, who has openly addressed his problems with depression and addiction.

When music inspired by dangerous circumstances reaches an audience that is more concerned about the music than the people behind it, an ignorant dialogue is created. They want Eminem to rap like he did when he was addicted to heroin, they want Tyler, the Creator to rap like he did when Australia banned him and they want Adele to make songs like she did after her tough breakup.

I’m not going to lie, I liked Chance the Rapper’s music way more when he got suspended from high school and was doing the acid that inspired his first two projects, but he is a human being who had a child, found religion, and became an activist. People need to remember that an artist is not just a brand that turns criticisms into decisions but are real people reading comments on a phone just like the rest of us.

On the same note, there are many popular artists and entertainers who are encouraged when they make music or post online about doing hard drugs. Many internet rappers have advertised Xanax and codeine, which literally kill and injure their peers every day. Just recently Lil Peep, who rapped about drugs constantly, was killed when he unknowingly took a laced Xanax pill. Fredo Santana, a rapper who had a history of being hospitalized due to seizures from codeine, died in 2018 after continued use.

If you have a friend that is dealing with alcoholism, you probably wouldn’t drink around them. People who have dedicated a large portion of their lives to creating art and entertaining you deserve the same respect.

Everyone ends up wildin’ out in the comment sections every once in a while, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But in the case of artists, we really need to learn to appreciate the emotional and mental sacrifices they make for their art and hope for the best for them as people.

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