Nav is one of the most blandest, unoriginal, boring rappers of the trap wave. His voice is unoriginal, and is somehow boring and degrading at the same time. There is no empathy or emotion in his voice, and he uses the same flow and delivery for every single song across 4 albums. His autotune just adds to the unbearability of his voice, as it is overused, and not in a technical way such as the likes of travis scott and future use it. It is overblown and sounds like if a robot were to rap. Nav’s lyrical talent goes below the most generic, tasteless, common ground lyrics in trap; as he somehow makes it worse. When raps he goes below the low expectation for lyrics, with topics such as not understanding consent, thinking that everyone hates him because he is not white/black, and people wanting to be just like him.
I believe that people only listen to nav if they’re not that into music and just need something occasionally to pass the time, but for people that really love music or have any respect for it in the slightest, then this is just a slap in the face to the process of being creative and having talent in the music game.
I really hope this industry plant soaks up too much lean from the soil and dies.
Trap and rap music has completely overtaken pop on the charts as the most popular genre by far since around 2017, but was already creeping its way into charts around 2015. To understand the question of how trap music got into the spotlight, lets see how pop became dethroned:
Mainstream pop music has always been somewhat formulaic, but people still gobbled it up in the mainstream, but even the biggest trends die down eventually. Mainstream pop music has become very oversaturated and bland after 2015 in my opinion, but many people argue it happened before or a little later.
When trap and rap took over, people every single year keep questioning “is this peak trap?” Everytime that someone argues that peak trap has happened, the genre either reinvents itself with a new sub genre, or a really good album. When drill music died (aka chief queef era) people thought that trap would die out, but along came the atlanta rap scene, which is still the most prevalent today. When the atlanta rap scene died a tiny bit (but not really), along came new ideas of the florida rap scene. Even today, new artists are reinventing the genre with newer sub genres such as emo rap and metal rap. The trap genre will constantly reinvent itself until it gets stale eventually.
When it comes to the question of “when will it peak and decline,” I think that trap will not peak any time soon, but will have a lifespan that is shorter than pop’s overall. This because trap music still isn’t as palatable as pop music. Most old people don’t listen to trap music, the themes usually dont click with many people (drugs, violence), and the use of language that isnt safe for kids; compared to pop where everything is squeaky clean and ready for everyone to listen to. The only thing is i think that if people continue to uplift artists with absolutely no talent, people will start to see whats up and they will get tired of quicker than expected.
Female rappers are generally looked down upon by a lot of hip hop fans, and lets take a look at why this is.
The biggest and most critical reason is that most female rappers feel like they have to have a bad attitude in order to be successful. After the success of cardi b and especially nicki minaj, a ton of copy cats such as asian doll and bhad bhabie pull the same stunt. For a lot of listeners, having this persona turns people off as a listener, and even for the people that do enjoy it, it gets super repetitive especially with the amount that cardi, nicki, and her copycats have been outputting lately. While I don’t think that female rappers shouldn’t be excluded from making dumb, fun music like everyone else does, but not many of them do it well, and every shtick runs dry eventually (kinda how lil pump wore off his appeal in the last album he had).
I think that female rappers could have a great role in the rap community if they chose to rap about their unique perspective instead of their bad attitude. Rappers like noname have already done this, where she applied her perspective of racism and how she was treated as a woman in chicago. This angle she provided us was unique and was like no other, and is widely considered one of the best female hip hop albums of the decade, unlike nicki minaj where it received mixed to bad ratings.
Happy international women’s day!