60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll Users Say Hip Hop Has Reached Its Peak

The poll also finds users say Jazz is a more important genre than Rap.

The April 2014 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll features several findings pertinent to Rap. One of the most significant Rap-based poll results includes a question about which musical genre has reached its peak.

Fifty percent of the Americans polled believe that Hip Hop has "likely reached its peak and will not get any better," the results say. That was the highest number of all genres in the poll, with the next highest, Country, at 20 percent. "It may be that because Hip Hop is the most recently developed genre, it has not had the time to develop as strong and loyal a fan base as the other musical categories have," CBS News says of this poll. "However, people of every age group including those 18-35 voted hip hop most likely to have peaked." 

This wasn't the only poll result that featured user information regarding Rap. The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll also asked users to select one of two genres for which it finds more important than the other. The two genres: Hip Hop and Jazz. The poll results say 73 percent of all users believe Jazz is more important than Hip Hop. "Hip Hop is undeniably popular, but Jazz is uniquely American," CBS News says of the poll result. "It embodies the melting pot of the southern United States and is comprised of a rich gumbo of sounds that combine different African American spirituals with newer forms like Ragtime, Blues and Swing. The combinations create a series of ever-changing and evolving rhythmic beats that defy description." 

Forty-two percent of users polled also believe this decade has the worst music of all time. The 2000s are second on the list for worst decade in music, with 15 percent of the votes. The poll results also show how its users consume music. Forty-nine percent of those polled say they consume music through the radio and 17 percent through a digital music service. "As you might imagine, the devices that people use are often related directly to the age of the user," CBS News says. "Only 24 percent of those under the age of 35 are still 'radio heads' while almost two out of three of them use personal devices or digital services. Now that's music to the ears of the people who run those industries." 

Some of the poll results are below, as per CBS News. 

 

 

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69 Comments

  • uptownfirst

    Hip hop been garbage since 2000, so what's new? Funny how CBS did the poll because they are owned by Viacom which owns the majority of outlets putting out bullshit music and images.

  • Anonymous

    This is propaganda.

  • Vinny

    This is an attempt by White America to lower hip hop's influence over society. Hip Hop is what Rock N Roll once was.

  • COCA

    I GENERALLY AGREE... BUT WHAT POINT IS CBS TRYING TO MAKE WITH THIS?

  • Anonymous

    Is RADIO even relevant anymore?

  • Raekwon

    Rock and country are outselling rap mainly because of back catalogues. Honestly who'd rather buy a rick ross or dmx album over a Beatles or Pink Floyd album.

    • Anonymous

      so small minded they can only think within their little worlds but the world is a BIG place, and this "poll" doesn't represent it and is quite biased, as the both of you are

    • Anonymous

      Not quite. There's the perception of quality when people buy a country album. It's accessible, easy going music that millions seem to relate to more than hip hop. 8-10 country artists routinely go platinum. That's not by mistake.

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  • Anonymous

    If by peak they mean reached perfection then i agree lol yea some people suck but others are still making amazing music

  • Anonymous

    Hip hop will never go away, but artistically speaking, it's been on life support for several years now.

  • Anonymous

    ha ha i bin telling dudes that the 2000s and this decade fucked hip hop up

  • Stevie Queen

    Reached it's peak? While I'm not sure about that, I know that I just got Biggie on a which rap god are you quiz! What did y'all get??? http://www.quizzurp.com/what-rap-god-are-you-quiz/

  • Anonymous

    Pretty sure real hip hop fans aren't jumping on 60 minutes/Vanity Fair to do a poll.

    • THIS

      THIS RIGHT HERE..... END OF STUPID ARTICLE. ME NEED BETTER WEBSITE FOR "HIP HOP" NEWS. STARTING TO SEE TOO MANY SPUTID POSTS SON.

  • Anonymous

    jazz is more important that's wher most of the samples come from ask rozay

  • reallydoe

    REAL HIP HOP NEVER DIES AND WON'T PEAK. THE MAINSTREAM ISN'T WERE YOU GET YOUR FIX. THE STREETS,OUR COMMUNITIES AND NOW IN THIS AGE ONLINE(past a smorgasbord of bs)STOP DEPENDING ON MAINSTREAM TO NOURISH YOU.YOU'RE NOT GONNA LOOK OR FEEL LIKE A MILLION EATING OF THE DOLLAR MENU!!!

  • ungratful ninja

    The 90s and early 2000s were Hip hops peak but it is evolving/devolving. The real Hip hop went underground.If you still love the genre play, teach, support the real f.y.i Hip hop appreciation week is the 3rd week in May. Good day negros

  • tj

    this is stupid. 2013. jayz, kanye, drake, kendrick, eminem, macklemore, wayne all dropped albums wayne and em didnt even get a grammy nom. rap music is bigger than ever. gangnam style and baby are two of the biggest songs ever. and both have rap in em.

  • Anonymous

    49% of those polled primarily listen to the radio, and 100% of them took a survey for vanity fair... man, i'm surprised rap faired as well as it did

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  • tthh

    Great now when is hiphopdx gonna report which genres are the top 5 selling genres n the world women lie, me lie , numbers dont

    • Raekwon

      Rock and country are outselling rap mainly because of back catalogues. Honestly who'd rather buy a rick ross or dmx album over a Beatles or Pink Floyd album.

  • Anonymous

    Hip Hop peaked in the 90's, now its just idiots who can barely speak let alone rhyme, and soft/safe house negroes who don't offend anybody. I still love hip hop because I'm 30 and remember what it use to be, so I still come around looking for the few jewels to be found here and their, but If I were a kid growing up today, there's no way I'd be a hip hop fan.

    • Anonymous

      here and there*

    • Golden era the best

      Word !!

    • RAi L x THaALieNz

      PLEASE WORD THIS DIFERENTLY... JUST CUZ U DONT LIKE CERTAIN ARTISTS DONT MEAN U SHOULDNT LIKE HIP HOP LOL.. PPL KILL ME WIT THAT.. EVERYONE ISNT THE SAME.. & UR NIGGAS FROM THE 90S STILL MAKE RECORDS U JUST HAVE TO SUPPORT THEM & STOP HELPIN THE NEW NIGGAS GET FAMOUS

  • RAi L x THaALieNz

    THE SOUND OF HIP HOP CHANGES EVERY FEW YEARS..SO UMM HOW HAS IT REACHED ITS PEAK??... COUNTRY BEEN THE SAME SINCE IDK HOW LONG... R&B ALWAYS ON A HIATUS... POP CHANGED INTO INTERNATIONAL MUSIC LOL... & ROCK IS DONE BCUZ EVERYBODY TIRED OF THE SAME ELECTRIC GUITAR IN EVERY SONG... HIP HOP DOESNT HAVE A PRIMARY SOUND UNLIKE THE OTHER GENRES.. ROCK HAS TO HAVE YELLING & SINGING & GUITARS R&B HAS TO HAVE "ONLY" SINGING COUNTRY HAS TO HAVE ONLY ACOUSTIC SOUNDS MOSTLY POP HAS TO BE UPBEAT HIP HOP CAN GO IN "ANY" DIRECTION (SUNG, YELLED, WHISPERED, ANY INSTRUMENT FOR THE BEATS COULD B A SPOON BEATING ON A TABLE, ETC. HIP HOP IS THE MOST CREATIVE GENRE & WILL FOREVER CHANGE EVERY FEW YEARS)

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  • Void Poll

    Fear not, because country, jazz, pop, and rock do not have mixtapes, not to mention this poll's pool of participants mostly listen to the radio, therefore the most creative, raw portion of hip hop, the mixtapes and underground music, is not taken into consideration in these polls, the current trends in hip hop, gangsta/pill popping raps, may reach peak before 2018, but the genre is still one of the highest netting.

  • Anonymous

    This is simply a ploy to take hip-hop away from black people. Sad part is black people are to silly to see something that has happened over and over again (see disco and the aforementioned jazz).

    • Anonymous

      blacks? I think it's whites, some of them can see the okey doke and won't speak to their own because they benefit off of the inequality

  • GOOD!

    Maybe rap will fall out of the mainstream light, causing rappers to become humble and put out more quality music now.

  • Anonymous

    Many problems with this...Why didnt they ask which is more important between hip-hop and all the other genres? You ask about Jazz when the answer is obvious. Im not even defendin hip-hop, as it has become utter trash. However, it doesnt take as much crap as other genres simply because it is black dominated.

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  • Anonymous

    the MAJOR flaws in this is it's an American poll, not an international poll and the media outlets have never been pro Hip Hop "It may be that because Hip Hop is the most recently developed genre, it has not had the time to develop as strong and loyal a fan base as the other musical categories have," ^ bullsh!t rememeber, we have a Rolling Stone article today speaking about nominees who are still around having 20-25 year old anniversaries this article wreaks of an agenda

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  • yeaaahh

    It's kinda true and the reason it is this way is because of the closed-minded purists who won't let the genre grow. Any time there is something new or different they shut it down and say it's not "real" hip-hop. The culture has nothing to blame itself. Sad.

    • Anonymous

      how hasn't it grown? almost 50 yrs old, 100's of artists, infiltrated basically every music genre in the world, has gone from classic original scores from artists, to gimmicky one shot deals looking for a quick dollar if ANYTHING, y'all drank too much koolaid and dropped the baton

  • 2Pac

    it peaked it the 90's, what the fuck ya'll talkin about?

  • Anonymous

    this is great and all... BUT WHAT DOES LORD JAMAL SAY ABOUT THIS???

  • Anonymous

    I do not know 1 person who actively listens to jazz music, I wish I did though.

    • Anonymous

      I do. Whether its chilling in the crib vibing, or digging for samples, I definitely listen to jazz. Music for the soul.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck this poll........ irrelevant as fuck.

  • Anonymous

    I think new rock and rap are boring.

  • Not Impressed

    Most of the people answering the poll are white though... If jazz was still dominated by black people and hiphop wasn't around, they would say jazz was at it's peak and hate jazz too. (Note: They did actually hate jazz back when it was primarily black) They hate everything blacks create or are heavily involved in until they're able to take it, learn it for themselves and dominate it. Not surprised by those polls at all. I'm not impressed

  • Anonymous

    most new hip-hop music sucks

  • Anonymous

    did they poll senior citizens?

    • Anonymous

      "However, people of every age group including those 18-35 voted hip hop most likely to have peaked."

  • triPAUD

    Its the nature of hip hop itself because now (and for the rest, a point in the past) is always the peak. It doesn't mean anything except that. You can only know the peak after its passed, so its kinda a stupid question.

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