When discussing indie music, there are always several angles to consider. In today’s music business, wrought with conglomerations, you’d be hard pressed to find a successful band with absolutely no affiliations. Are we talking unpopular? These days, Soundcloud rappers are breaking their first album with 200,000 in the first week. So what about the message?
I think of indie music in a nostalgic way, not because I’m old, but because there’s a whole new generation of teenagers and twenty-something year olds who know more about what’s current than I do. I haven’t visited MTV in awhile and I’m surprised to see very few names I recognize. Does that mean MTV is indie now?
I remember keeping abreast of bands through publications like The Fader and Electronic Musician Mag back when they were in print. Rap and hip hop have always been a little tricky, they’ve only recently began to be covered in subculture news en masse. I’d never heard of Ski Mask the Slump God before reading about him on MTVs website.
Upon further inquiry, I discovered the Florida rapper has recorded with XXXtentacion and Lil Pump, both of whom I would say are becoming increasingly more popular. The article was in reference to a cover of the Boys Meets World theme song done by Ski Mask the Slump God (are we really expected to say that whole thing together each time?). The classic 1990s sitcom is a brand I am familiar with, so I felt I had to review the song.
A particularly raunchy lyrical cadence over a standard trap beat, I would rate the song tolerable. I did not, however, recognize a trace of the TV show’s sample. As far as the message, I could see the irony in doing a cover of a mainstream, family oriented program accompanied by lyrics that reference graphic sexual acts.