Trey Coleman: Whatever Happened to Good Black Music?

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by Trey Coleman

I remember when my parents would tell me that my generation’s taste in music was not good.  I thought they were crazy. The music I listened to was the best because it had that old school flavor; we just turned up the bass in our music.  Also, our songs were structured differently meaning we didn’t have long intros and we added a bridge. Now don’t get me wrong, my parents generation had good music, arguably the best of any generation. After all, they did have The Motown Sound which was the sound of young America.

My generation had The New Jack Swing a fusion of hip-hop, r&b, dance-pop and urban contemporary.  What we did in a nut shell was take contemporary R&B singing added a hip-hop swing beat created by the drum machine.

The great thing about both generations is that while they had their differences they both are revered as good music. I don’t think the same can be said of today’s music.

So what happened to good music?  They are tons of outlets to have music played at the same time it seems like artists are conditioned to solely make music to get airplay.  If you listen to radio they have a certain format and let’s face it, if you’re not making stripper music you’re not going to be heard on radio.

Artists need to get back to writing from the soul, which is often difficult because the business side of the business impedes the creative side—The “yin and yang.” As a result the artist goes along with the status quo.  If artists would just create music from the heart  then music would return back to its essence.  We need that old school soul back it’s been too long.  There are artist that are trying but we are not buying, which is the reason labels shy away from these artist. Its like blacks wanting to see more black TV shows, but when black shows are on we don’t support, so therefore those shows get cancelled because no one is watching.

Maxwell, Eric Benet, Ledisi, Musiq Soul-Child, Alicia Keys , etc., all make good music but we would rather listen to “Chicken Noodle Soup” with a dam soda on the side. We went from having a variety of great music to sifting through the trash trying to find good music.

My name is Trey Coleman.  I’m blogging to give some insight on politics, music and entertainment. I’m a Republican. I believe in a capitalistic society and the separation of church and state.  Check out my website Treystruth.com and follow me on twitter at Treys Truth

13 Responses to Trey Coleman: Whatever Happened to Good Black Music?

  1. YOU LIKE WHAT YOU LIKE BISH. JUST CAUSE WE BLACK DONT MEAN THAT WE WANT TO LISTEN TO YOUR KIND OF MUSIC OR EAT YOUR PIG FEET.

    U STFU! U DONT TELL US WHAT WE LIKE YOU MORONIC FOOL.

    THE MARKET DICTATES WHAT SELLS U UNEDUCATED PATHETIC PIECE OF JEALOUS SH8T.

  2. I agree with Trey on this one!

    • You agree with Trey that you believe in a capitalistic society???? That negro doesnt even know what it means.

      If he did he would know that MARKETS AND SALES DICTATE THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM, not some d**n attempt at brainwashing the consumer.

      • Taylor

        That’s not the reason why I’m agreeing with Trey!
        I agree because I know that the quality of black music within the last 15 years or so has changed considerably and not for the better I must add!

        I don’t see anything wrong necessarily with the technology used to create music and how music is promoted today but when WE have the type of music that allows for others to disrespect us then I would have to say that something is wrong and there needs to be some substantive changes being made.

        We used to sit down and write music, we used to put an orchestra and it took us at least a year to put our stuff together where as now it takes a few months due to the technology. Like I said before, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with technology but it just depends on how we use it.
        Is new technology being used to just ‘bang out’ tracks so we can a quick buck or two

        Whites have and still have risque music but they also have a balance of soppy music and its almost equally promoted, i.e. Elton John as opposed to Madonna etc.

        Now when it comes to us, although we have various artist singing or rapping good or bad stuff unfortunately the negative ones get promoted over the good ones, hence WE ALL get labelled as societal degenerates!!

        Unfortunately where today’s music is concerned quality has been sacrificed and is now all about quantity!! :-(

        • WE ALL get labeled “societal degenerates you say.” Well for your information NO ONE has caused me any such thing, and NEVER have I been judged based on something that another negro did, and never have I been jailed or fired because of something that another negro did.

          And if I had been, once the person got to know me, and know that I am a person of integrity and good ethics, then respect was granted.

          I will never forget going to England with my 13 year old son. We were the only blacks at the resort, and maybe the only Americans. My son made several white friends. One night he came home and said, “Mom the girls were so funny. They said they had watched black people in movies and thought all black americans act like that. They said they couldnt believe how nice I am and nothing like the movie characters.”

          Anyone who sits around and blame others because they are not accepted it is because their hearts are evil, and whites can see that. Since they dont want to change and improve themselves they point the finger.

          Is that who you are?

        • how many of today’s folks would be a star singer in 1969-1982 without video and corporate radio very few

  3. Correction – called me

    Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Black Sabbath, AC/DC…the reputation of rock as the Devil’s music has been well deserved… but does that mean it is the Devil’s music?

    The Bible is far from giving us any reason to believe rock music is of the Devil. In fact, the Bible declares that “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1), and surely this must include rock music. All things belong to God, the earth is his and so is all the music within it.

  4. Maxwell, Eric Benet, Ledisi, Musiq Soul-Child, Alicia Keys , etc.,

    YOUR CHOICE OF MUSIC SUCKS FOR THE MOST PART. THE ONLY 2 MUSICIANS ON YOUR LIST I CONSIDER WORTHY OF PRAISE ARE LEDISI AND MUSIQ SOULCHILD.

    Alicia Keys is nothing but a copycat who rarely makes any original music, and most of the few originals she has made are screams that all sound the same. I wouldn’t spend one dime on her no creativity/no talent mess.

    Maxwell has only made one or two decent songs, and the rest are OVER PROMOTED MESS that I wouldn’t spend a cent on.

    Why would any black woman buy love music from Eric Benet who tries to push his mess down our throats so he can support his south american hoochie momma. If he wants to feed and care for them, THEY SHOULD BUY HIS MUSIC, NOT US. He needs to get on spanish radio. We’re sick of these negroes using us, and loving on others.

  5. Trey, I agree with your pont on Music. No doubt

    But your boasting of being a Republican leaves me to doubt your intelligence.

    If you boasted being a Democrat, I’d feel the same way.

    When will we just be Christian first and perhaps vote for the lessor of two political candidates. Becasue nobody is all Liberal or Conservative if we admit truth.

    God First, all the rest is mind over matter.

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