Underground Music Is for the True Hip Hop Head
For one to fully appreciate "underground music", they must also be a Hip Hop head. The reason being is because usually when you're listening to music which hasn't quite hit the mainstream, you are listening to a more quality and pure sounding music.
Not to say that mainstream artists or songs aren't great or worthy of respect, but it's 'watered down' when compared to the average underground music. I can remember listening to hip hop music from the 90s and being inspired by it to make music of my own. However, these days a lot of the mainstream music lack substance and skill level. It's all about the beat and the chorus it seems. I miss the days when artists would do songs conveying a real message and topic. It was as if they were telling you a story with their lyrics.
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Underground Music Quality is Still in the Mainstream
Now don't get me wrong, you still have newer school artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole, Big Sean, Childish Gambino, Wale etc. who still incorporate a concept behind their songs. But that's few and far in between.
You're probably better off just popping in some "underground music" into your IPOD to get quality. Either way, you need both mainstream and underground music for balance. Some people love trap, party, and/or hype music, including myself. But many still have a nostalgic feeling towards original-sounding hip hop.
Popular or Underground Music - Which Do You Prefer?
Have you ever came across some underground music before and thought to yourself, "Hmmmm... this is better than some of the songs I hear on the radio everyday.." ? That's exactly the kind of response I'm referring to in this article. How popular or underground a song is sometimes has little to do with how great the track is. Some will even speculate that the music from the underground is usually better because the Underground Rap Artists making the music are still working hard, meaning that they are hungrier and more passionate about their music. This makes sense if you think about it because there has been plenty of artists who have made it to the big screens and they now have a different style of music.
In conclusion, you should know that just because an artist is in the mainstream category today, does not mean they didn't release their fair share of underground music, in order to reach fame and notoriety. You still have Underground Rap Music that honestly isn't as good as the mainstream. Just depends on your taste in music and what you enjoy listening to.