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Why Party Culture is Killing Originality

A good building party consists of a few things. A lot of people who want to have a good time, a good DJ, and a good setlist. This setlist is not dependent on how good the song is, but rather how many people know it. As we all know, pop culture nowadays is a mess. Everybody wants to be different, but in the same way. This presents itself on social media, in fast fashion, but most importantly in the music industry. It’s lead to what I like to call, “The Young Thug Era”. This is an era in hip hop where essentially, everybody sounds the same. Gunna, Lil Baby, Sah Babii, and Lil Keed are four different artists that I can think of off the top of my head who all sound like Young Thug. This is worse than the soundcloud generation where everybody seemed to be a rapper, but nobody was good. That is because this “Young Thug Generation” promises success. The rappers I previously mentioned are all performing sold out shows on the regular though they sound like the same person. This is making everybody also want to sound like that same person in hopes that they might too, becoming success as well. Black party culture is what drives this. Instead of playing new or even distinguishable music, parties play the same setlist over, and over, and over again. The setlist is only changed when new indistinctive songs come out because they are promoted by popular artists. So even if Gunna for instance makes a whole album where most of the songs sound like the same song (Drip or Drown 2), the masses will bump it in their car for weeks on end, making it a party hit for the next few months. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Lil Keed, Sah Babii, Gunna, and Lil Baby too, but I also enjoy variety. So guys, stop trying to be Young Thug.

-Lul Bulma

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