2016 was a polarizing moment in time when everyone either had an amazing year or the worst year ever, and then there were a few things like the presidential election, Prince passing, Brexit, Zika and Harambe that everyone felt.
In the music world, some artists fell flat and we took note. So now it’s time to round up who were leaving in 2016 as we ride off into the looming future of 2017.
This whole group feels like a gimmick put together in a bad attempt to create a perfectly diverse band, but also not. Their dynamics feel awkward to me like the band from Zenon Girl of the 21st Century . I know this is Joe Jonas’ attempt to completely cut himself off from his Jonas Brothers image, but spare us. Their over produced pop would thrive in late 90s and early 2000s, but in 2017 we need DNCE as much as we need Trump to get reelected.
I feel like this group of girls just continues to have more drama and less actual hits. I think the smartest thing they can do is all try to suffice solo careers or take a break and bounce back as an awesome super girl group, like a modern day Spice Girls. Now that’s something the 90s girl in me can stand by.
There’s only so much movement and creativity within this EDM genre. After you’ve exhausted all the deep house, tropical house, downtempo and electronic beats, it’s time to hang it up. You had a great run Kygo but your balmy slow-mo, cotton candy-skied music videos are just too perfect for this imperfect world.
His album with Ryan Lewis entitled “This Unruly Mess I’ve Made” has made the cut on countless lists of “worst album/song of 2016.” I mean seriously just listen to “Spoons” and scroll down to the comments section and see the first comment, “Fun Fact: According to Wikipedia this is one of the worst songs of all time.” His “bad boy” image of being some random white guy who recovered from drugs so he can now rap about “real shit” is just not moving me. It’s very played out and I was never a fan, not in 2016 and won’t be in 2017 and beyond.
He somehow managed to weasel his way out of 2010 and made it alllllll the way to the beginning of 2017…how? Idk. But it wasn’t for music, it was for calling people out like Quavo and Chris Brown and exercising his “Twitter fingers” by creating imaginary beef between him and these rappers. Foolish, childish and gave me about a week’s worth of laughs on Twitter. Apparently the Pay-Per-View fight that he wants to go down between him and Chris might actually be happening as he is currently training with Evander Holyfield. I guess not everything can change for the positive with the New Year.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a ton of extremely talented artists that have been discovered on SoundCloud and the platform is great. I personally use it to listen to music on the daily and find new indie artists, but there is also a plethora of rappers that all sound the same and are clearly stealing flows from the entire 2016 XXL Freshman Class and passing it off as “flame emoji” tracks.
Just like the real act of chain smoking, as a society were over this. Their songs have penetrated parts of my memory I didn’t even know existed. Like I’ll accidentally hear “Closer” (btw this music vid has over 1 billion views on YouTube, whoa…) and then like five weeks later, I’ll be grocery shopping at 7 p.m. and the song will just pop up in my head like a horrible migraine. Please make it stop!
I know what you’re thinking, this is completely left field but it just seems like Drake might need to pull a Frank Ocean and take a long break from music. Were not even a whole month into the New Year and Drake, AKA “Mr. Steal-Your-Flow” is back at it again, thieving XXXTENTACION’s style on his new track that has yet to be named. And this comes after last year when he was called out for having a ghost writer. Seems like he might be falling back on his own accord with his acting endeavors making headlines recently.