“I did not begin when I was born, nor when I was conceived. I have been growing, developing, through incalculable myriads of millenniums. All my previous selves have their voices, echoes, promptings in me. Oh, incalculable times again shall I be born.”—Jack London.
You know it really cracks me up how influential people are when it comes to the music they listen to. I have been witness to many trends and fads set by actors, reality stars, singers, and mostly rappers. Around this time last year girls (I say girls because I’m positive that grown women looked past the nonsense.) were so infatuated with being apart of the Barbie world and every thing pink was hot! All thanks to Ms. Nicki Minaj and her clever market that has without a doubt made her the household name she is today.
Now there is Wale, who’s music is encouraging something a lot more positive to both the men and women who listen to it. Wale is promoting “ambition”. An earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment. He wants an “Ambitious Girl” who is motivated to reach her goals and be the best she can be!
I agree with Mr. Folarin 100%! I think it is wonderful that our music has given it’s listeners something more to look forward to in life. Especially us women who can be depicted in such a negative light due to hip hop’s general idea of it’s ideal(big booty, drop it like its hot, ”all my girlfriends are strippers but we all have a past!”) woman. But, who is to say that when the next hot rapper comes along, their image of what is hot falls short of what one should feel is hot for themself? When is it noble for a highly influeneced mind to step out of the box and do what is right on it’s own?
These are the things I consider when I see people following instead of leading. I can only hope ambition is what drives people generations to come, but I understand it’s a possibility that this is just another fad and there will be many more to come…