The older generation's favorite thing to say about the state of the youth is that they ruin everything. The youth is creating a bad image for the future generations to follow. The youth is responsible for all that is bad in the world.
But here's something the older generations tend to forget, they were once that young generation who used to say "Fuck you" to the older generations before them. Especially with music. Music has always been the place for expression for the youth, specifically coming from rock & roll and rap music.
So what happens when you mix the two genres together? The biggest "Fuck You" you've ever experienced.
Trap music can often be described as ignorant, loud, and scary by those who don't consider it music at all. But to those who enjoy the sounds, it can described as emotional, uplifting, and colorful. The thing about most of these trap artists is that they couldn't give a shit about whether you like it or not. That's the whole shtick.
Jasiah isn't ignorant at all, actually he's an educated young man from Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Stivers School for the Arts where he not only gained an education, but also learned about the different forms of musical performance and art.
It doesn't take a genius to make music, but it does take dedication to the craft and the ability to be a target for criticism. And if you're screaming your vocals the entire time, chances are that someone is going to hear you.
There's a lot of rappers out there talking about things they aren't really living, so lyricism is mad overrated. So when Jasiah says the same lines over and over, don't just sit there and think "He's just repeating himself, this lacks creativity."
Because maybe he's saying "I'm depressed" a million times because, I don't know, maybe he's feeling depressed. A normal feeling that many young people go through, he's just not afraid to say it. He's literally shouting it.
If you had the bass turned up on your speakers when listening to his track "This is for my Young Niggas Who Listen to Soulja Boy" then they might have blown out after this song. His production value comes on very strong. If the beat was a body building competition, then he snapped the trophy in half and shoved it down the judges throats.
Nigga, runnin' up on me is a mistake
These lyrics are from the video above, his most popular song "Crisis." The visuals are like those of the video "Bodies" by Drowning Pool mixed with "My Name is" from Eminem. What better combination could you possibly want from a music video?
This is the type of music you need to hear when you are getting ready for that job interview. Just because you are a Finance major applying for a job at H&R Block doesn't mean you aren't allowed to get hyped the hell up. Get your blood boiling and make yourself feel invincible by listening to this beat at high volume.
Allow yourself to scream one time. We're always talking in normal toned voice and the only time we yell is when we're mad. How about you yell to pump yourself up? Get out of your day to day crisis!
Make a nigga wanna take a step back
Ok, yes we were saying that this music is emotional and all of that. But sometimes it's ok to just get full ignorant and say screw everything. We don't condone the use of the words bitch and hoe, unless the woman likes to describe herself as that. Then in which case, be a hoe girl. Do you!
And for all the women with flat asses, there are dudes out there who will have sex with you. But not Jasiah, sorry. And for the dudes out there, he said you can have that. So congrats, he saved some women for you.
The best part about Jasiah's music is that it doesn't ask for anything from the listener. You get what you get from it, and if you don't get anything at all then he doesn't care.
Maybe that's what gets lost as we get older and become that older generation that doesn't understand the youth. There's an expectation that everything that is put out into the world must give something back. Why can't things just be?
Jasiah doesn't need your validation and he doesn't care for your criticism. And that's the message the youth should really get from this.
We're going to try something new today. Typically, we do music reviews or think pieces on music from the past that we are pretty familiar with. We like to break it down and extrapolate it to the point that what we're hearing messages that weren't intended to be put forth.
However, there has been a growing number of artists (mostly new young rappers) who look like they just stepped out of a scene from the movie Blade. They look like nightclub vampires with tattoos all over their face and piercings in every spot imaginable.
White, black, brown, the race hasn't mattered, they all sport this new look. So if you just scroll through Instagram, you'll find a handful of these kids. This next guy is no different. Now we've never heard any of his music before, so this is an instant reaction.
Bexey is an artist from London. He has been making music for about 3 years now, and worked closely with the recently passed Lil Peep. On the immediate surface, that's about all we know so far. But his millions of YouTube views paints out a different story.
His following seems to be strong and displays a willingness to support his message. Whatever his message may be is unknown to us at this time. But we'll go on this journey together.
This first video has over 9 million views, and is not what we expected when he first looked at him.
There's something about those all-black contacts that is just not right. It looks like something out of a horror movie where some little girl comes in with straight black hair and just stares into your soul.
Before even clicking play, we were expecting to hear some hard rap. Talking about guns and drugs and whatever other violence kids claim they know about when they really don't. But the chorus is refreshingly honest and full of emotion.
Stay alive for me
Poetry of love was not what we were expecting at all. Suicide is all too common across the world, especially among the youth. But the bigger problem is that they don't talk about it until it is too late.
And kids need to realize that they're not fighting this fight alone. These lines show Bexey talking to somebody about love and death and that the power of love could prevent the latter.
One word of advice to the kid, love is not life and death. Love is powerful in many ways but can be broken in a moment's notice. Not everyone treats love with the same gravity as others, so the loss of love should never lead to suicide. Keep your head up kid, real love is out there.
Again with the damn contacts! Well that's his look I guess, at least he owns it. I like his style too, that matching colorful suit shows a lot of life and vigor.
Even though he is still singing a bit throughout his verses, this is a little bit more of what I was expecting. Still no words of violence, but much stronger vocally on the beat.
There is this subtlety of respect for women that is rare in today's music, specifically rap music. This sound is more grunge than anything else, but is probably considered rap if it were to be put into a box.
Do a woman no wrong
"Do a woman no wrong" is a line that may have never been spit in a rap song before. And if it was, it was probably replaced with the word "bitch" or "hoe."
Now if you never pretended the floor was lava, then just close this page right now. You can't relate to anything we're talking about over here. Those were the good old days, and now he can barely see the floor because of all of his designer bags. That's probably a little excessive, but if you've got it flaunt it.
Those last two lines are relatable to anyone who has ever been in love. Like real love. Having someone so powerful in your life that you feel your spirit leave your body is a scary thought. The fact that someone could control that much of every part of your being is a lot to carry. It's no wonder he uses music as an expression of his feelings.
On the surface, Bexey looks like a crazy ass kid who breaks the law, does drugs, and loves violence. And maybe behind the music he does. We don't know him personally, so we can't assume.
And prior to listening to his music, we made assumptions about him that probably aren't cool. It's all about remembering that thing your mom told you when you were five years old, "Never judge a book by it's cover."
From what we've seen so far from Bexey, he fits the criteria of people to not judge. He may be scary at first glance, but his music offers a reminder to the world that there is love in everyone. And Love is the most powerful drug of all.
Well except like real drugs. Don't do drugs you guys, it's not cool. Wear black contacts instead.