Listening to hip-hop music is great for all occasions, but according to Post Malone, if you're in search of that "real shit," the kind of music that will tap into your feelings and soundtrack an emotional roller coaster of a day, you might want to look elsewhere.
"If you're looking for lyrics, if you're looking to cry, if you're looking to think about life, don't listen to hip-hop," Malone told Warsaw, Poland media outlet NewOnce. "There's great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they spit that real shit, but right now, there's not a lot of people talking about real shit. Whenever I want to cry, whenever I want to sit down and have a nice cry, I'll listen to some Bob Dylan. Or whenever I'm trying to have a good time and stay in a positive mood, I listen to hip-hop. Because it's fun. I think hip-hop is important because it brings people together in a beautiful, happy way."
Malone's commentary on the value of hip-hop and what it can and cannot do for its audience will surely spark some outrage, especially considering his skin color and his rise from SoundCloud artist to international superstar is because of hip-hop embracing his music, but he isn't completely off base.
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Understandably, Malone's remarks will generate a justifiable reaction of "You're just not looking hard enough or in the right spots," and those folks wouldn't be wrong, but it isn't unreasonable to take the position that other genres—namely R&B and rock—can provide just as much, if not more, emotional support.
Of course, this position suggests that everyone goes into a listening experience looking to cry or become emotionally vulnerable. Personally, I don't plan out or schedule my cries—they usually occur when I least expect them to—but if I'm in a certain mood, I might be more likely to press play on a Frank Ocean record or two, or Sampha's Process, than I am Post Malone or really any rap artist currently dominating the charts.
That said, for those not interested in Frank Ocean or Sampha, or Post's suggestion, Bob Dylan, there are countless hip-hop artists, both past and present, who make incredible, thought-provoking, emotional material; artists like Kendrick Lamar, Scarface, IDK, Jonwayne, Locksmith, and even Chance The Rapper, are all capable of not only delivering "that real shit," but also eliciting a truly authentic, emotional response.
Hip-hop is fun, and it does bring people together in a truly beautiful way, but there is also plenty of very "real" material. You just might not find it at the top of the charts where Post currently dwells.