I am a firm believer in expressing my opinion and if you know me you know that I am brutally honest about a lot of things. I've been having a lot of problems being brutally honest in recent years when it comes to music and a lot of other things. The blog is constantly getting music emailed, DM'd, or mentioned to us on Twitter and I'm going to be honest, half of it — for lack of a better word — sucks. I am not trying to bash anybody, believe me I would never try to put somebody down for pursuing their dreams. I am trying to hopefully shed some light on big issues in the DMV musical community.
Something that a lot of people in this area are not used to is criticism, like at all. I think people are afraid to give their opinion out of fear that they are going to be labeled as a hater. If you speak ill of somebody's "craft" you're a hater, jealous, or mad. This is the reason why most of the music in the DMV sucks, because people don't know how to take criticism and people are afraid to give it. So people that make awful music receive nothing but praise (mainly from their friends) and the people that really do not like it stay silent out of fear that their simple critique could backfire. Another reason why people are so afraid to give opinions on anything is because they feel as though they are not valued, they feel like they don't have the right to speak on things. Even the team falls into this category. We would like to start reviewing the local music the same way we review the mainstream music releases but we fear that we might offend the artists. It's not that we are trying to disrespect the artist and their work, we would just like to point out things for improvement. When you put out your work to the public you are asking for people to give their opinion on it, however when somebody does give their opinion the favorite phrase is "nobody asked for your opinion". What is art without a critic? How can you call yourself an artist and don't want people to critique your work?
The DMV music scene is unique and unlike any other area's music scene. New York has their sound, ATL has theirs, Houston, Texas, Cali and many other places have their own specific sound. When you first listen to a music artist it's kind of easy to tell where they are from based upon what they rap about or the kind of beats and production they use. However in the DMV there are so many different sounds and so many different types of artists you don't know what you're going to get. This is a great thing for the DMV but we have not taken advantage of it, everybody in the music scene is cliquey and on the outside looking in there are two different sides of the scene. There is the hipster, laid back, and chill side where all the artists for the most part are very humble and just have a love for music as an art and their craft. And then there is the other side which is the side of the trap music I guess you can say. These guys from what I've seen are very cocky and feel like they have made it already, they don't really care about music as an art they just really see it as an easy way to make money. You've got guys charging hundreds to thousands of dollars to do features, and have no credibility behind them. How can you charge a guy that is trying to come up and perfect his craft just like you $1,000 for a feature? Now let me say this, I know that there are a lot of guys in the DMV trap music scene that are very humble but for the most part I don't really see it a lot. With this division of the music scene it is very hard for the DMV to branch out to the masses because nobody is open to join both sides and now we have a over saturation of terrible music flooding the Twitter and Instagram feeds, rather than artists from both sides coming together to show the world what the DMV has to offer.
So please DMV music artists, humble yourselves, make quality music, learn how to take criticism, and broaden your horizons. And to you DMV music fans, stop promoting that low quality mediocre music.