rap in a packed stadium. clapping on the 1s & 3s. needless conflict.
It has been two weeks of strange experiences with hip-hop music.
The most recent one was seeing the On The Run tour. For this, I throw no shade toward Beyoncé nor Jay-Z. It was an appropriate scale show for Beyonce. Hell, it was an appropriate scale show for Jay-Z—however, during the parts of the show that were focused on Jay-Z, I couldn’t help but think that rap loses its intimacy in a packed stadium.
Should rap music pack stadiums? Absolutely.
Does it feel weird in a packed stadium? Absolutely.
Maybe it was seeing Jay-Z in the predominantly white Pacific Northwest. I don’t know, I just couldn’t help but feel that there was something incongruent about hearing “99 Problems” and “Public Service Announcement” in such a large area and not really wilding out the way that I normally would in a slightly more crowded environment.
Granted, the show was crowded. It just wasn’t crowded in the way that you feel at a party where hip-hop music is being spun. It was crowded in the way that a pop music show is crowded. Maybe my views on hip-hop need to evolve as hip-hop itself grows into the pop mainstream. Maybe it’s the fact that I’d spent my early 20s going to punk shows at small venues.
In contrast, I’d gone to a patio party the other weekend. This one was weird, too. It was a packed patio. The DJs were playing solid joints. However, the MC was wack as hell and begged the crowd to clap their hands.
No MC should have to tell the crowd to clap their hands.
The crowd just needs to do their thing.
The crowd itself was weird as hell. When they clapped, they clapped on the 1s and 3s. Not with the snares. It wasn’t very cool.
Again, I can’t help but wonder if this is a case where I’m just being a stodgy old hip-hop fan that isn’t being welcoming to new listeners, or if this shit is actually pretty wack.