Step aside, Post Malone!
“If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop,” Malone said during an interview with Poland’s NewOnce. “There’s great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they really spit that real s–t, but right now, there’s not a lot of people talking about real s–t.”
After the interview hit the internet, many found themselves wondering a few things. Namely, what substance has Malone added to hip-hop? What steps has he taken to “spit that real s–t”? Wrong or right… With tracks like “White Inverson” and “Rockstar,” who was he to deliver this message?
Because no one had good answers to these questions, Malone’s harsh views on hip-hop really struck a nerve with fans. For his comments, Malone — a modern hip-hop artist himself — earned a lot of slack. “It’s crazy that after all this time im still being questioned. suck my f–king d-ck i don’t have to explain s–t. i do this s–t because i love to do this s–t,” he tweeted in his defense afterwards.
Well, Malone. This one is for you. Here are 10 modern “real s–t” talking, think-about-life hip-hop songs.
Kendrick Lamar – “Pride”
Pride might be the root of all evil, according to K. Dot. “Sick venom in men and women overcome with pride,” he raps on the track. A part of the rapper’s fourth studio album, the track details what Kendrick thinks a “perfect world” would be like.
The Cali native said, in perfect world, money would be less important and people would live to see another day.
“A perfect world, you probably live another 24,” he rapped. “In a perfect world, I’ll choose faith over riches.”
On top of that, Kung Fu Kenny posed thought-provoking questions:
“Flesh-making, spirit-breaking, which one would you lessen?” and “Happiness or flashiness? How do you serve the question?” come to mind!
Dave B – “Sweetest Thing”
When Seattle native wrote “Sweetest Thing,” he took his time. “I will fly, I will swim, I will bike too… for you. You’re the sweetest thing that I never knew,” he croons, detailing what it’s like to find your true other half.
“Other boys like ‘nah.’ ‘You don’t know man, look what she done to me,'” the track continues.
The song was the first single released from his 2017 album Pearl. Throughout the nearly four-minute song, he explains that not only does love make people do crazy things, it can also change them.
“I don’t recognize the man I’ve become,” he sings.
Jay-Z – “The Story of OJ”
Pushing the message that cultures should thrive as one unit, Jay-Z released “The Story of OJ” as a part of his 13th studio album, 4:44. Throughout the track he encourages listeners to do better, talking about the importance of credit and making smart investments.
He explained the song himself during an interview with iHeartRadio. ”’The Story of OJ’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward,” he said. “We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger.”