New Age of Music

By Kieran Shay, Graphic Designer

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Lately, it seems like there’s been an increase in YouTubers who put out music videos and “diss tracks” (songs that are created to roast another YouTuber or themselves) on their channels. Creators such as Elijah Daniel, Jake Paul, and Gabbie Hanna are on the list of YouTubers that have been putting out songs as of late and trying to make the transition into the music industry.

People, such Troye Sivan, have successfully made the transition to music after years of work. The real question boils down to whether or not these songs are considered to be real music. There are people such as Rice Gum and Jake Paul who put out diss tracks as opposed to actual songs with structure and chord progressions.  People say that this is not actually real music, due to the lack of a purpose and content.

Most of the time, their music is just loud beats to cover over mediocre rapping that attacks people who had “wronged” them. It would be crazy to even think that this could possibly be music. Let’s take Jake Paul’s song “It’s Everyday Bro” as an example. This song is played in E flat minor, which is his first mistake. He starts this song on a tonic chord, the only way to start a decent song. The next chord is a dominant, following a basic chord progression. However, he decided to go to a submediant in the next chord, thereby breaking the minor mode chord progession, the most unforgivable thing you can do. He tries to recover by going to a leading tone, but that only makes the situation worse because he broke the circle of fifths progression. He made the biggest mistake ever by going from dominant to submediant and then a submediant to a leading tone. If this doesn’t show how these rap songs aren’t real music, I don’t know what will.

Paul did the two biggest no-no’s of tonal music and he got away with it. Yes, the Picardy third is nice, but he still broke the minor mode chord progression TWICE. This sort of madness must be stopped. And you, yes you, can help to stop this insanity. You can flag his videos on YouTube. You can block his songs on Spotify. You can make a difference in the world of music. This is a call to action. We need to stop this man from breaking the minor mode chord progression and creating this atonal mess that tone deaf people call “music”. In fact, all YouTubers who make music that breaks the precious minor mode chord progression must be stopped. This is why, for the most part, YouTubers who put out music aren’t real musicians.

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