On March 20, 2014, HipHopDX ran a story regarding a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll about music. The April 2014 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll features several findings pertinent to Rap. One of the most significant Rap-based poll results showed the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair voters felt Rap had reached its peak.
HipHopDX posed the following question to its readers in its report. “Which musical form has reached its peak?” The same musical forms listed in the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll were listed in the HipHopDX poll. The results are as follows.
Country earned the most points as the musical form which has reached its peak, according to HipHopDX users. The genre obtained 58 thumbs up and 10 thumbs down. Pop followed with 35 thumbs up and 10 thumbs down. Rock came in third place with 26 thumbs up and 18 thumbs down. R&B came in second to last place with 23 thumbs up and 20 thumbs down. Rap came in last place in this poll with 23 thumbs up and 39 thumbs down.
Some readers voiced their opinions about the question in the comment section. The following was written by a reader named “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).”
Others also weighed in.
“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,” a commenter named “tj” commented.
“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,” a reader named “reallydoe” said in a comment.