It seems like there has been a slew of amazing music released in the last year, and hip hop has responded very positively to all of it. In the last year, there has been something for everyone whether it’s music for the turn up, the conscious, the depressed, or those that need to forget. Despite the amazing music, it didn’t take much time for listeners and bloggers to immediately deem projects as a “classic,” which has seemed to have tainted the phrase altogether.
Read more on why we need to stop calling albums “classic” on the following pages.
Drake is arguably the biggest rapper out right now, and is probably the highest in-demand as far as the music community. While he has tons of hit records, many argue that the man does not have one single classic album. He’s come very close, but there doesn’t seem to be a solid project from him that everyone agrees is classic from him, despite what Drake stans have to say. He has all the hits in the world, but an unskippable album? Not so much.
The case of To Pimp A Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar delivered one of the most ground-breaking projects of the last decade with To Pimp A Butterfly, and it’s gone on to be a Grammy Award-winning album. When it was first released last March, however, fans and bloggers immediately deemed it a classic before it even had a month of digestion from the music community. Despite the fact that it went on to impact music executives, #BlackLivesMatter, and even the President, no one knew that it would have that effect when it was first released and being deemed a “classic.” It’s just pure luck it turned out that way.