MUSIC 15 Week 10. Back to the Streets?. After 2004. Beginning of the full scale collapse of the music business How did this effect hip hop which had just become the dominant form?
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Lil’ Wayne shifted from regional star to pop star status by becoming more flamboyant, but also by experimenting with his vocal delivery: rapping through autotune, half-singing, slurring his voice deliberately (or at least deliberately recording while high) etc etc
His lyrics also became almost self-consciously surreal and full of non sequiturs. This is a good example--the beat is minimal in the extreme and allows him a lot of space
Someone who’s hardly a rapper by traditional standards
Attitude is everything
Beat was breakthrough for Lex Luger, the dominant producer in Southern hip hop at the moment. Style is incredibly bombastic, but also cheap and synthetic sounding at the same time. Combines orchestral samples with almost marching band sounding drum patterns