The convergence between hip-hop and electronic music is an ever-evolving art form that can’t be confined to a single sound. Flying Lotus and Pharrell, both of whom have produced and rapped, are just two of the many musicians who have spent their lengthy career weaving between the genres. Together, they recently fostered a discussion on the current state of hip-hop with Scott Vener on OTHERtone for Beats 1 Radio.
Verner opens the conversation with an examination of today’s lyricists, questioning if their words carry substance or if their artistry is only diluting the quality of hip-hop’s legacy. Pharrell, who co-hosts the show with Verner, asserts that popular media isn’t created with the intention to be timeless, but instead relevant for its time.
The topic moves to center around the idea that producers and DJs are the modern day rockstars now. While Verner says its sad, Pharrell suggests that the scene is just expanding, with Flying Lotus chiming in to agree. “Here’s the good part There’s room for everybody now. You can be super lyrical […] you can say stuff, just ride the beat, barely rhyming,” he says. “It’s all good, as long as the beat’s hitting.”
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