Warning: If you came to this blog post to see a write up on how dope this song is, click on the first red button. If you came to support OnCue & other artists by reading about their music, feel free to read the rest of this post.
If you clicked on the prior link, you probably found yourself right back here, & for those that scrolled past, I salute you. Now, onto the post.
Hip-Hop & music as a whole is very weird at the moment. Think about it:
1. Kanye, one of the artists that gave the fan what they truly wanted out of a physical copy of a CD, is claiming to never sell physicals ever again.
2. Artists that have never paid dues go viral & are offered record deals that are practically undeserved.
3. Records sales are at a low because streaming is well-preferred.
4. Lyricism is risky because the listener would rather just hear the sound of the voice instead of take in what the words are saying.
5. ______________ (Please fill in the blank, because the list is endless.)
The game is weird, but it is also one of my favorite times in Hip-Hop & this is why:
Artists that are deserving of these record deals or even just blowing up in general, are making the best fucking music I have heard to date. Perfect example of this, is OnCue. The Angry Young Man showed us his niche. Whether you want to call him a rapper, singer, artist, poet, creative, genius, whatever it need be, he has continued to create & penetrate beautifully executed music. We're all Perfectly Tragically Flawed, but the one's that deserve to win have two traits: They are honest & they put their heart in whatever they are passionate about. It's easy to pretend to have passion for something, but those that are passionate about the said subject can see through you easily. It's a matter of time for Cue to blow up; it's easy to see he is honest in his music, it is easy to see he is passionate about his music, so why is he writing bars such as:
"I been too damn wild,
I hate to show it,
At a loss for words, ironic cause I'm a poet
And These kids think im a hero
But nothing about me heroic.
Reminding myself like why'd the fuck you move out here?
Didn't you have some big point to prove out here? ...
This rap shit been your heart since you were 9 boy
So stop being pussy shit get on your grind boy
I promise one day youll be a great
But keep up with these mistakes
A bitter man is in your grave
Its hard to watch your peers rap up on the TV Screen
You stuck at home refreshing gmail for some fucking beats
Waiting on a check to come so you can get some food to eat
Reading all your mentions and your fans thinking shit so sweet. ..."
I cut out particular bars from the first verse as a means to prove a point: Your favorite artists need to eat too. I use this entire blog post to not only spread awareness that the song "Time" is a great fucking song, but that OnCue, & every other artist, need support. An artist can only go as far as their fanbase takes them. I don't blame you or the internet or your friends or your family for not buying music. Streaming is awesome, I use Apple Music all damn day long, but just because streaming is easily accessible, don't forget to buy their albums. If ten-twenty dollars is a lot to ask for, then make small gestures to support. Throw their album cover on an Instagram post, buy merchandise such as a shirt, album, or hat, retweet their new songs, suggest their music to your friends, coworkers, family, shit even professors. You never know when a friend, coworker, family member, or even a professor might need to hear a certain song such as "Time" or any song from OnCue's discography. At the end of the day, support your favorite artists regardless if it is OnCue, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, or your friend that just released their first song. Everyone starts somewhere. Whether it be Brian Petchers, the director that made this music video larger than life, or maybe Mike Kuz, the producer that made our heads ride to the beat of "Time", everyone starts at the beginning & pushes forward. Your support is necessary.
I don't know man. Maybe I'm dropping knowledge on you or maybe you're reading this & thinking, "What a joke, I don't have time to retweet music", well, I see more "big booty hoes" & "Worldstar" videos getting retweets than I see of the Mona Lisa.
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