The impact of diss tracks

Roy Strong

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The rap and hip-hop industry since its inception has had songs that are produced solely for the purpose of disrespecting or “dissing” other people, groups, or things. “Diss Tracks” as they are so reasonably called, have become more prevalent as more people become involved with rap and hip-hop culture. This has become especially true as of late, with entire albums sometimes being dedicated to the disrespecting of other individuals. However, diss tracks don’t come without some controversy.

Many people believe that diss tracks are inherently not good for the music industry, or perhaps even detrimental to the music industry for a variety of reasons. Some believe that by making music strictly for the purpose of insulting people or ideas, the quality of the music goes down. The belief is also held that making music strictly to insult people is too threatening and is legitimate cause for concern for the safety of the people being targeted by the rappers in their diss tracks.

For example, popular Detroit based rapper Eminem’s latest album, ”Kamikaze” is littered with diss tracks towards people that the artist does not get along with. The album scored decently but not nearly as high as most of Eminem’s other albums. This is clearly indicative of the argument that the use of diss tracks is detrimental to the quality of music.

Overall the use and prevalence of diss tracks is both controversial and yet still integral to the identity of hip-hop culture. Whatever you may personally think about the nature of diss tracks, it is undeniable that the quality of diss tracks as compared to normal music is generally hit-or-miss as far as quality. Regardless of what is or isn’t believed about diss tracks, their influence is undeniable and will likely persist for as long as rap and hip-hop themselves exist.

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