What does these rappers have in common with these works of art? Welcome to ‘Is This Art’.
Where we take a closer look at pop culture.. and try to answer the age old question,
is this art? A common problem people have with todays rap music.. is it’s supposed lack of substance. And the fact that often you can’t
hear a single word they’re saying. Rapping along with your favorite tracks takes
a little more work then it used to. This new generation of artists goes by many names.. SoundCloud rappers, based on the popular platform SoundCloud.. where they often publish their work.
Or, mumble rappers. Based on the way they rap,
kind of mumbling and not articulating their words well. It appears that these rappers go back to the very basic,
almost childlike way of rapping. It’s not always about the words, it’s more
about the emotion, feel, melody or tone. Take Lil yachty and Playboy Carti their song ‘Get Dripped’ for example. And see if you can make out what it is they’re saying. For the average listener, I think it’s pretty impossible. There is a lot of debate on who started
this particular style in rap music. But many contribute this to the rapper Future. Critics praise Future’s way of stretching and
deteriorating words until they’re less like words. More like raw energy and reactive an spontaneous emotions. These spontaneous emotions are exactly what
connects these young American artists.. To a group of European artists from over half a century ago. Let’s dive into that. We see a lot of simularities between todays rapscene.. and this group of European artists that were
active a few years after the second World War. They called themselves ‘Cobra’.
Names after the cities where the members of this group worked. Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam. The artists from the Cobra movement were all
about free expression and spontaneous creation. They didn’t want to burdened by the rules of the academics. and were probably the first after the Second World War.. the time of Hitler’s ban on the so called ‘degenerate art’.. to again break with art historical tradition. The artist went back to the core of creation.. looking at children’s drawings and
the mentally ill for inspiration. Why? Well, because children en people
suffering from mental illnesses.. were closest to a sort of core creativity
and most spontaneous and honest. Children, they just.. draw. This is something you recognize immediately
when looking at the work of the Cobra movement. this is a type of work that probably comes
closest to a comment frequently made in museums: ‘This is something that my four year old nephew could make’ Oddly enough, that might be the biggest compliment
you could give the members of the Cobra movement. The Cobra movement created their own
characteristics expressive style.. or language where they merge bodies of
bright colors with squiggly and short lines. Creating shapes like eyes, noses and mouths.. to could create something like an animal for example. The artists from this movement continued this style
in their later work as well and have inspired.. contemporary artists to this day. Nowadays the Cobra movement is a
celebrated name in the museum world. However, in their own time, the artists of the Cobra movement.. got a lot of criticism from the art critics. This is an interesting analogy for todays rap scene as well. They are also subject of a lot of criticism
often by the older hip hop establishment.. like Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Who were, in their turn, also in the same position
when they were starting out in the nineties. This way of criticizing new generations of artists.. is a continuous cycle in both visual arts and music. Often based on nostalgia because everything
used to be better in the past, right? That same cycle goes the other way around as well. New generation of artists will always
try rebel against the establishment.. and create new boundaries by criticizing the old. Music provokes emotion, whether profound or not. And art does just that. The artists that succeed in doing this.. are the artists that will truly
put their mark on music and art history. But, what do you think?
Is this art? Let us know whether you think mumble rap is art or not.. and let us know your suggestions for new episodes of ‘Is This Art?’
Thanks for watching!