With another year coming to a close we have received a vast majority of what we will hear, see and experience in music. Looking back, there are plenty of things that can be given thanks for when turkeys are carved on that special Thursday in 2017. Grabbing emerging figures that will be key components of hip-hop and R&B culture moving forward, ShawnGranted.com brings you moments and achievements they are heralding this Thanksgiving for the most progressive source of music available. Check out what they are giving thanks for below.
CEO of Positive Vibe, Managing Editor of KarenCivil.com & LiveCivil.com
When it comes to hip-hop in 2017, there’s a lot to be thankful for. We can be thankful for the slew of incredible artists, who released incredible music this year. We can be thankful for another epic Festival Season that featured some of the best hip-hop festivals in recent memory. We could also be thankful for the streaming services and the fact that consuming music is a lot easier these days. While I’m certainly thankful for all of that, the one thing I’m most thankful for this year is the fact that hip-hop has allowed me to quit my job and become a full-time entrepreneur. This year I launched my PR and management company Positive Vibe, where we assist different artists, producers, DJs, etc. with launching their careers. Guess why that’s possible? Hip-hop. This year I was able to travel the country and got paid doing it. You want to know why? Hip-hop. I’m thankful every single day for this genre, but in 2017, I’m thankful that this genre changed my life. Officially.
Founder/Managing Editor of The Takeovah
This year I’m thankful for Hip Hop & R&B being used as a platform to discuss mental health. Whilst conversations of popping pills, drinking lean and other forms of substance abuse grow in younger communities, some artists have recognized that they can use their platforms to educate and save a life. It’s helpful to young adults, many to see artists that look like them tackle the same issues (depression, anxiety and more) and come out on the other side of it. Love to the talents that are keeping the conversation going.
Founder of MiixtapeChiick, Freelance Writer
I am thankful for SZA’s CTRL album and Solange’s set at Made In America (sorry, couldn’t pick just one lol). Specifically, because this year finally wasn’t about the praise of being a redbone. Black girls were appreciated all year long. With SZA, she sang what every introverted awkward girl always wanted to say or have thought all their lives – whether it was being a side chick, having the desire to be what guys deemed as ‘normal’, and just the meaning of self-love. With Solange’s set at Made In America, not only was it amazing, but she told a story. She made you feel every word, and again, made you feel loved as a black woman. With these two, self-confidence was a big thing with them. They made sure they left you feeling loved and wanting better for yourself.
Founder/Managing Editor of ShawnGranted.com, Content and Social Media Editor of KarenCivil.com
In 2017 I am most thankful for the acknowledgment of hip-hop as the most popular music genre today. Fans of hip-hop and members of its culture already knew that hip-hop was the most popular, relevant, influential, and important segment of music and has been for nearly 30 years. However, the direct respect shown to hip-hop is welcomed. The title of “most popular genre” handed down by Nielsen not only replaces the reign of rock but it also opens doors for hip-hop’s participants – rather as artists, media, marketers, creatives and more – to have a new lane to achieve and more.
Creator/Co-Host of StayLo Podcast, ShawnGranted.com Contributor, Freelance Journalist
The thing I’mgratefull for in music is outright ability getting a chance to shine on the biggest stage. The Grammys. We saw multiple independent artists get nominated and win Grammies this year for the first time, and to my knowledge, they were both mixtapes. That’s not to say the Grammys are going to now feature the best mixtape but a tape that is original production and just as good as most major released albums should have its seat at the Grammy table. It widens the spectrum for artists that can be considered but to me, the most important part is for the everyone involved in the project would want to be that much more focused on presenting a flawless project. Put the pressure on the committee and the producer/engineer to make it sound better than everything else.