In a recent interview at the BET Awards 2023, rapper Bow Wow shared his perspective on the absence of Hip Hop’s No. 1 albums or singles on the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts this year. According to Bow Wow, the decline in quality and the prevalence of monotonous, repetitive music are to blame.
During the event held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, radio host and podcaster Bryhana Monegain posed the question to Bow Wow, leading to his unexpected response. The rapper expressed his concerns about the lack of originality and talent in today’s music industry, suggesting that it has contributed to the current chart struggles.
Bow Wow candidly attributed the absence of chart-topping Hip Hop tracks to the abundance of subpar music being released. He emphasized that many songs sound similar, with repetitive structures and tempos, lacking the uniqueness that captivates listeners.
“Cause n**** puttin’ out trash a** music. Everything sound alike, everything repetitive, same tempo … everybody could do that, you know what I’m saying? You really gotta have talent, you really gotta go. I think people are startin’ to get tired of it now, that’s why you don’t see nothin’ chartin.’” Watch the Ohio native discuss Hip Hop’s need to get back to the “real essence of artistry.”
According to the rapper, the current state of Hip Hop calls for a return to the true essence of artistry. He expressed his belief that genuine talent is crucial and that the industry needs artists who are willing to push boundaries and showcase their creativity.
Bow Wow’s statements reflect a growing sentiment among music enthusiasts who are becoming increasingly fatigued by the lack of innovation and originality in popular Hip Hop songs. This exhaustion has likely contributed to the genre’s recent chart struggles.