For those born in the 80's and early 90's you were blessed enough to hear music on a Saturday morning from your parents and grandparents time, that real soul music.
I mean for me personally growing up in a Christian home, the most secular music I got to listen to was Michael Jackson otherwise it was the Winans, Fred Hammond and Kirk franklin! Nevertheless my cousin and best friend made sure I got to hear real Rhythm and Soul that I can proudly identify as my time music. It makes me soooo proud to be an 80's baby, I grew up with your, Profyle, Soooo nice so fine, so damn right just can't get you of my mind, 112 Sweet love, Tevin Campbell, Can we talk, Boys ll men, Jagged Edge, Dru Hill, Avant, Calvin Richardson, Jodeci, Total, Mary j Blige, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Kelly Price, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Xscape, Brandy, Monica, Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, I mean the list goes on and on and on! This was the music that spoke to your inner being and still does to this day.
Then I was lucky enough to hit high school and my music changed but my goodness did the 90's into early 2000's produce some excellent bangers a lot from the names above; candy rain 1994, one in a million 1996, Not gon cry 1997, I get so lonely 1998, The boy is mine 1998, I literally get overwhelmed with emotion listing the smallest fraction of songs that liberated my childhood, the songs that expressed love and heartbreak in the most expressive ways, the songs that made you cry when you wanted to cry but also put the biggest smile on your face when you just wanted to recite every word and every riff, the melodies that instantly attack your soul and rides the waves inside... Music!
Then there was Hip Hop; verses put together so eloquently by male and female artists that had something of substance to say, don't get me wrong there were some songs by some artists that didn't hold much substance but the beat was dope and you knew exactly what they were talking about; the likes of Luniz I got 5 on it, Bone thugs and harmony, 2pac, Biggie, Nas, N.W.A, Jay Z, Eminem, Snoop dogg, Fugees, Eve and again the list goes on.
I remember listening to albums, Writings on the wall and Unleash the dragon on my compact CD player in the canteen and I'm telling you it gave me life! I had a straight obsession with Aaliyah that we won't go into because her departure messed up my last 2 years of school but the MUSIC saved me so many times. Later on it was Immature, Flava, B2K, Mario, Chris brown oh my goodness the blud clart memories!!!
Now you got your neighbours attempting to live the life these rappers are displaying in repetitive music videos which is simply to fuck a bunch of dogs, make money and do drugs, it's boring, it's meaningless, it teaches this generation how to be illiterate and limits their life line. (In my opinion) So when I hear music in 2020 that is relatable and has been put together tremendously with a new twist on soul and hip hop I have to take the time to applause these special creatives.
I understand that as time goes on music will change but never should it loose meaning and belief so, I beg all the established and upcoming artists to bring back real Music!