Greetings Good People,
I’ve recently made a conscious decision not to listen to the radio anymore, as well as be more selective with which artists I choose to support. Not only is the majority of mainstream music terrible, but I always feel like my IQ drops by the time a song is over. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and my tolerance for ignorance has decreased, but this new era of music has left me with a random yet serious question. Is music used as a form of PSYOPS?
- PSYOPS (Psychological Operations): Planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. The purpose of psychological operations is to induce or reinforce foreign attitudes and behavior favorable to the originator’s objectives.
This information led me to question urban music, for example, and its motive. If a young boy—who happens to be undisciplined—listens to aggressive, “bust a nigga’s head open” type music, what’s the probability of him acting out because of that? If a young girl—who doesn’t get much attention—listens to sexually explicit, SlutWalk style music, will she subscribe to the messages in the song? If those negative lyrics—which perpetuate the genocide of a particular community—were replaced with positive lyrics about mental and spiritual uplift, what would happen to that community?
Debatable questions, right?
In a previous post, I expressed how much I miss R&B music and its impact on men and women. But there’s another genre within the realm of R&B that knew how to commensurate love, empowerment, and intellect; traits that I wouldn’t mind seeing take control over this new sound. And that’s Neo Soul.
An article in About Entertainment defined Neo Soul as modern-day soul music with a contemporary attitude and sensibility that had a much deeper message and meaning than R&B. The term underrated would be minuscule when describing the poets who made music that would have you think just as much as you would feel—their art was that powerful. And I wonder what would happen if this current generation, who happens to be easily influenced, could revert back to supporting substance just as much as we support mediocrity.
Wishful thinking, I know.
Maybe one day the machine (music industry) will at least embrace the influence that it has on society because the vibration between words and sound isn’t something that should be taken likely. But with that being said, let’s vibe to some real music that will surely enrich your mind, body, and soul.
Until Next Time…
Edward, M. (n.d.). What is Neo-Soul? Retrieved November 19, 2016, from http://randb.about.com/od/rb12/p/NeoSoul.htm
PSYOPS: Definition. (n.d.). Retrieved November 19, 2016, from http://www.military.com/ContentFiles/techtv_update_PSYOPS.htm