With songs like Migos ‘” Bad and Boujee,” 21 Savages ‘ “X,” and The Weeknd’s” The Hills “gathering millions of streams and views across the spectrum of online music, the question finally arises:” when did dark-sounding music become so popular?”Of course, sad songs were repeatedly repeated in radio stations, especially for Country music, but especially one Genre benefited from minor key music, Hip-Hop. And it’s not just about looking sad, rather gloomy. Hip-Hop producer Metro Boomin is the biggest hit songwriter of 2017 in the world, according to the music industry, but the majority of his Beats contain eerie, eerie melodies with lush minor chords that feel both sad and threatening. Shouldn’t popular music be happy and fun? Well, happy and funny have found a place in dark music. For example, Drake’s song “Energy” is built around a dark, minimal piano line — but when it performs live, the crowd doesn’t sulk there; They jump up and down and shout the words jubilantly. So we wanted to dissect what makes this new wave of dark music so popular from a producer’s perspective.
In the first place, dark music is typically emotional. It evokes feelings-from sad to fearful to anxiety. For example, think of a jazz standard like ” Autumn Leaves.”It can evoke emotional memories, but deep down, it’s rather carefree music. On the other hand, think of Beethoven ” For Elise.”His dark and strange melodies and chord changes almost immediately provoke a visceral reaction. Producers who have a good sense of melody can write emotional musical passages that attract the listener. Then, with effects such as Hall, Delay and distortion, you can creatively dramatize elements of your song to become even more emotional and moving. People love emotions-they want to feel the song.
Now, if we took a song like “F*ck Up Some Commas” from Future and removed all the drums, we would basically have a filmy horror track with pianos and scary moods. But it’s the booming 808ers, Rattling Hi-Hats and pulsating kick-Drums that give the song a huge sense of energy. Imagine a few of your favorite Hip-Hop songs, then take out the drums-it probably sounds like very atmospheric ambient music with maybe a few recognizable instruments like piano or guitar. Harsh rhythms mask this dark atmospheric music from being “too dark” or”too dark”.”
Dark music also goes hand in hand with the glorified lifestyle of rappers. All the music videos are in a dark nightclub or go through the city at night. And while Drake has a big smile, he usually looks tough, or at least thoughtful. The dark emotion that a producer can capture with minor chords, brutal bass and eerie Ambient Effects gives a cool sense of style. Being happy is cool too, but not everyone can do it as well as Chance The Rapper.
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It’s no secret that Rap music is based on a common story: a gifted artist is born into poverty and crime and overcomes his difficulties by pursuing his dreams of music. But this era of wrestling is often the subject of many Hip-Hop songs, be it Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug or some of the greats like Tupac and Biggie. Creating dark rhythms and melodies helps to communicate this feeling of struggle — it takes the listener with it how the artist felt on his way.
As mentioned earlier, The emotion of dark music can be filmy — and that’s a big reason darker emotions are so appealing. If you think of scary movies or particularly poignant love scenes, the music is dramatic and pulls on your heart strings. By creating symphonic soundscapes, you let that filmy quality exist in the nuances of your Beats. Of course, a Midi synth can’t compete with an orchestra, but it can emulate an orchestra. Creating those rich, lush chords and ambient atmospheres that you often hear in songs like The Weeknd makes the production feel like a “Movie.” Even Hip-Hop frequent use of sub-bass creates an enveloping experience, similar to the music used in war scenes in movies. The buzzing bass creates an overall feel and complements the filmy qualities.