A while back I did an article asking why music nowadays is the aural equivalent of ball cancer—here’s a video going more in depth into the subject!
To go into more academic detail and turn this into another music lesson: As far as I can tell (since there’s no genre explicitly referred to as “wuss”), wuss music is characterized by a “perishing voice” (in which the singer sounds like he’s either wasting away from consumption or is just incredibly bored), and slow and mild instrumentation.
The “perishing voice”has been around since the 1960s at least, but it became most popular around the 1990s and has largely remained popular ever since.
While the perishing voice is usually (And rightfully) associated with the worst sort of whiny white boy rock (“rock” in the loosest definition, of course), the mere existence of Drake’s career will show that the wuss germ has infected rap music as well.
It has been discussed elsewhere that the modern music industry has only become MORE homogeneous with the rise of the internet: billions of data points floating around at once has shown record companies exactly (to the individual note) what sort of music the lowest common denominator wants, and have rehauled all mainstream music around it—to the point that a computer program was able to predict which songs in a year would be the big hits with 96% accuracy. So that would explain why it’s becoming so prevalent—but why did this become popular in the first place?
I personally do not believe that it was some sort of top-down dictate to pussify music in order to pussify men. Rather, I think this is a good old application of Hanlon’s Razor: never attribute to deliberate malice what can be attributed to stupidity and lethargy
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