Why Hipsters Hate On Lana Del Rey

Pacific Standard: Why Hipsters Hate On Lana Del Rey. Interesting article exploring why music communities fight to define authenticity in pop.

In the early years, [hip hop] music was produced mainly by independent record labels, and the lyrics focused on whatever mattered to the kids writing the songs, like partying, romance, or competition between dueling bands in the scene. In 1988, however, soon after the major record labels took over the rap market, lyrics took a dramatic turn toward boasts of street credibility voiced by an array of “hustler” protagonists. Just when the industry passed fully into corporate hands, its lyrical currency shifted to favor competitive claims of gritty authenticity.


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