Mixing romance and hip hop has happened over the year, but it’s definitely caused a lot of the culture to deem it as one being “soft” with their credibility. We’ve seen rappers such as LL Cool J make rap love songs that went on to be smash hits, but when a rapper is actually in love and showing it outside of their music, it effects a lot of their reputation. In some cases, the breakups following those cloud 9 emotions have been all the artists need to put themselves back into that hardcore category.
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How does it effect the music?
Chris Brown and Karrueche was a relationship that was full of countless public up’s and down’s between the two of them. Although it made for some great music from Chris over the years, his latest album has come up disappointing to some fans who thought he would dig deeper from the sudden heartbreak he experienced last year.
Does the breakup redeem an artist from that “soft” reputation?
In the case of someone like Big Sean, his breakup with Naya Rivera, and later Ariana Grande, was the best thing for the rapper. Not only did he make a hit song about his breakup, “I Don’t F*ck With You,” but his album went on to be one of the biggest of the year. Some of the hip hop community was ruling Sean out as a serious MC, but once he channeled all of those potential breakup aftermath feelings into his craft, he landed at the top of people’s lists this year.