The Internet's obsession with "classic" and "trash"
I love the Internet and the absolute instant access we have to music in 2018, especially new releases. One thing, though, that bothers me to no end, is when a new hip-hop/rap album drops (it seems to always be hip-hop/rap), and the Internet (Twitter and YouTube) instantly go on to either praise it as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) Album or disregard said album as trash. After one listen through. IF that.
I get it. People have short attention spans, sure, but music should still be digested as it was years ago. Even just ten years ago. You listened to a CD all the way through, because there was no screen in front of you showing the Spotify rating and telling you which songs other people liked. It wasn't as easy to jump around in between songs to find the "BEST" mainstream one on the album. The one the radios will absolutely destroy with airplay. The one that even your parents will know.
What I'm trying to get at, is that music takes time to digest. Albums, in particular. I don't think we should listen to part of an album and scream GOAT just cause it's a Kendrick album. And Twitter's going crazy. Can we listen to it and digest it and think about it? Can we even get all the way through it in one listen? Will we want to go back for more?
Watch the below Pigeons and Planes video which I think explains my point much better than I:
To me, a classic album is one that has retained re-playability for years after its initial release. Below is a list that I have thought over greatly.
These are my classics, in no order.
- TAPESTRY by CAROLE KING
- BAND ON THE RUN by PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS
- UNDER PRESSURE by LOGIC
- THA CARTER III by LIL WAYNE
- JUSTIFIED by JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
- AMERICAN IDIOT by GREEN DAY
- MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY by KANYE WEST
- BACK TO BLACK by AMY WINEHOUSE
- WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME by JASON MRAZ
- THE COLLEGE DROPOUT by KANYE WEST
- MTV UNPLUGGED by NIRVANA
- IN THE LONELY HOUR by SAM SMITH
- KID A by RADIOHEAD
- THE EMINEM SHOW by EMINEM
Obviously this is a very subjective thing. It's art. But, I think as a society Internet "opinions" are being shared before they have even had the time to develop. Hypocritical? Maybe so, as I type this. But that's just my opinion. Do you see what I did there?