Hop can be Hip

Updated: Apr 15, 2019


Hip and Hop

I think I said this a way back there – but it is still true- a song is a song is a song. Just because a songwriter is using “beats” as his or her musical statement – does not mean that the song is any more or less “good.”

Hip- hop writers are expressing their own “zeitgeist.” If that is your intent as a songwriter – you’re good. Cut to JohnSpeak # 9 now.

If, however, you are looking to write a song with a longer shelf-life- say 30 years from now- you need to stay here for a minute.

A reading knowledge of other genres – bluegrass, musical theatre, jazz, standards, etc,, will open up a lot of doors for you.

And if the hip-hop writer is still here- it will likely open up doors for you, too.

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