The experience that is rap

Multiple subgenres create music for any mood

Ethan Smale, Online Reporter

Whether it’s at a concert, vibing to it in your car, or even kicked back in your bedroom with your headphones in, music helps us connect to our favorite artist and feel their music on a more personal level. For some, pop, rock, country or even metal are the best thing. For me, rap is the genre I enjoy the most.

One reason that rap continues to top the charts in views is the positive energy I get from listening to it. Most rappers have a very positive message in the lyrics they write, and it reflects on the way they perform on stages, and even in the way they sing the lyrics in the studio. No matter what genre anyone likes, just about everyone can enjoy listening to a good rap song with a positive message. This is because it gets everyone into a good mood and will help everyone have a great time no matter what circumstances they’re in.

Another cool thing about rap definitely has to be the fact that there is “mini genres” inside of the main genre. I get the option of enjoying up-beat, happy rap when I’m in the mood to have fun and just straight up vibe. Songs like “Hey Ya!” by Outkast or “Uno” by Rex Orange County fit into this category.

There’s also the option to listen to sad, depressing rap when I’m feeling sad and want something to relate to on a person level for the time being. Songs like “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” by Joji or “Sad!” by XXXTENTACION.

Without rap, I would be a much different person and might not have been able to get through some of the tough times that I’ve dealt with.”

These are just two of the biggest genres people commonly listen to, but there’s so much more. There’s relaxing music, hype music, lo-fi music and the list goes on for so many more genres. The variety available to me in rap can’t be found in any other genre, which makes it so unique and cool for me to listen to.

Rap also has the magic ability to make me feel better. It doesn’t matter which genre I’m listening to, I would always feel better after listening to it. There was a point in my life, where everything got very hard for me. I went into a depression for a long time, and when things got really bad, I would listen to my music to calm me down. That music was rap. Without rap, I don’t know where I would be right now, or even if I would be alive.

Rap is just such a cool experience that just about anyone can relate to in some way, and that makes it so special for so many different people. Without rap, I would be a much different person and might not have been able to get through some of the tough times that I’ve dealt with. With that in mind, I genuinely feel that anyone that’s open to listening to a few songs will be able to find what they’re looking for, and be able to make a personal connection with the artist, or song that they are listening to.