Meme Rappers Don't Last Long In The Music World

Meme Rappers Have a Short Shelf Life In The Music World

It's all fun and games until no one cares about your music anymore.

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In today's world, it is easier than ever for a person to make music. All you have to do is download some software, have a decent mic and upload it to the internet. This not only makes it easy for just about anyone to make music, but it also means that the bar for entry into music has been lowered.

With the bar lowered, it is extremely easy for people to become "meme rappers."

There is no official definition for a meme rapper, but I would define it as someone who makes music that is really dumb and liked by people ironically.

Some of the most well-known in recent memory are IceJJFish, Lil Yachty, Ugly God, and Lil B. When these guys become popular, it's usually from some really stupid song that sounds like its meant to be a parody. Lil Yachty became famous after "1 Night" went viral in 2016, and the same happened that year when Ugly God released his hit single "Water."

Two of the most recent meme rappers are Lil Nas X and The Boyboy West Coast.

Lil Nas X went viral after releasing "Old Town Road" and so has The Boyboy with "U Was at The Club."

Whenever one of these meme rappers pops up, the only thing I can think about is how long will they be relevant. Some of them, like Lil B and Lil Yachty, both transitioned from making "meme" music to actual rap songs.

When meme rappers don't make this transition, they end up forgotten and irrelevant.

Does anyone really think about IceJJFish regularly? Judging by his Twitter account, no one does. He's verified and has over 83,000 followers, yet can't even get at least 100 retweets. He released an EP in early May, but it had zero buzz or hype behind it.

I can almost see Lil Nas X and The Boyboy heading down this same path.

For weeks on my Instagram explore page, I could not escape videos featuring "U Was at The Club." But about two months later, he is nowhere to be found. In fact, I never even heard anyone mention him outside of Instagram.

So far, Lil Nas has managed to keep his relevancy. He performed at an NBA game, and he's been working with Billy Ray Cyrus and Young Thug. It seems like he is going to try and make serious music.

I think the problem with meme rappers is that a lot of their fans just like their music because it's stupid and funny, not because it is actually good.

Eventually, they get tired of laughing at the same thing over and over again. So when a meme rapper doesn't transition to being an actual rapper, they lose most of their fans and are left with a very small real fanbase. It is important that meme rappers realize this when they decide to make music.

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8 Lyrics From T. Swift's New Song 'You Need To Calm Down' That Will Give Your Instagram The Strong Female Empowerment It Needs

Let this girl-power ballad spark your insta-piration for your next post.

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If you've ever experienced cyber-bullying, or if you ever feel caught up in our over-critical society, Tay Swift's new song "You Need To Come Down" is the song for you. While we live in a world with free speech, and especially as a journalist I am all for that, sometimes its best to think before you speak - or tweet. We should all try to be understanding and kind no matter what the circumstance, even if it means not clicking send on some Twitter rants. These lyrics are a friendly reminder to stay calm and focus on what's important.

1. "Say it in the street, that's a knock-out. But you say it in a tweet, that's a cop out."

If this isn't the call-out message of the year on cyber-bullying (in song, at least), I don't know what is.

2. "But I've learned a lesson that stressin' and obsessin' about somebody else is no fun."

We all need to remember at times that getting mixed up in drama isn't fruitful for our lives or growth.

3. "Like can you not step on my gown? You need to calm down."

Don't let the haters control you or stop you from living, just tell those voices to calm down.

4. "Why are you mad when you could be glad?"

Focusing on hate or being critical can be exhausting, and it's better to focus on the good things.

5. "Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages."

Show people that going into the light is so much easier than they realize when they are stuck in a drama-cloud.

6. "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace."

Instead of trying to have the last word in every fight, try to be the peace-maker instead.

7. "Control your urges to scream about all the people that you hate."

Hate never made the world go 'round. Hate was never what Jesus spoke about. And some things just aren't worth using energy to yell at.

8. "But we all know now we all got crowns."

Don't be afraid to show that you are a princess and no one can take your crown.

This song is not just a collection of Insta-quotes, but also a call-out for all of us to live better lives, to remain a positive and uplifting human in this cancel culture world. By no means should we remain silent on important issues or let people get away with bad things, but we can choose to not get mixed up in petty drama that won't matter in a week. Let's agree to be kind to one another.

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Summer Break Just Started And I Wish It Would Stop Already

Is it August yet?

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Going into my third year of college, you'd think that I'd be looking forward to my summer breaks, or any breaks that I can snag a chance at getting. But the sad reality is, summer breaks now consist of working and stressing about the next semester. I'm sure not everyone feels this way, whether you're in school or not.

But for me, summer breaks are just depressing.

Most of the time, my summers have to do with making plans with people that always fall through, or not having enough time in the week to execute such plans. Many people are busy working, at an internship, or out of the country for the summer.

If you're in your hometown (and if it's boring and dry like mine), it's not a place you look forward to coming back to every break. I also sit and worry about what internships I didn't get and how I'm not gaining any experience, so that makes for a stressful vacation.

I also find in the summer months that my skin is at its worst. She just doesn't cooperate with the treatment I'm giving her and I'm always sweating, so that doesn't help too much either. It's like no matter what I do, my skin continues to disrespect me.

It's unfortunate to find yourself in this position because I really used to enjoy my summers.

I loved being home, going on little trips, and sometimes, dare I say it, I liked working at my minimum-wage job at one point. Now, I feel like I'm in this constant drought of nothingness and staring outside my window every morning.

But I cannot blame this solely on my environment. I have to share some of the blame with myself. I could have planned my summer out, I could have found better people to hang out with, I could have applied to a thousand internships and maybe gotten at least one of them. But sometimes things don't go the way you want it to, and that is okay.

Maybe I'll do better next summer, who knows.

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