Rap is the new Pop

The popularity of pop is trending down


Evan Scanlon

Colby Quinn ’24 listens to popular music artist Drake with his school-issued laptop.

Patrick Scally and Colby Quinn, Contributing Writers

Pop singer have begun to crossover into new genres and are experiencing tremendous success. Singers have tried their hand at the rap game, and after an initial dip in the water, are doubling down on their collaborations with famous rappers. When you flip the radio on and tune into your favorite pop station, you will most likely hear rappers that are now household names like Travis Scott or Drake; icons to modern rap.

Rap is the new pop and there is little to debate about this topic. Rap has changed; it has evolved, it is for all audiences, it has grown. Rap has torn down the outdated perspectives and is reaching commercial highs that are unforeseen. Rappers are celebrated for their generous use of their platform; in gifting funds to underprivileged communities, bringing a voice to those who have been outcasted, and making sure their families are rewarded for the love they’ve shown.

Every student I interviewed concluded the same answer to my question “Why do you listen to rap?” “It’s what everyone’s listening to!”  Rap has taken over the Aux, and the charts. J Cole, Kanye West, Lil Baby, Polo G, Drake, and many more have taken the fame that they’ve built up and doubled it over the past half decade. Billboard Charts are experiencing a total rap takeover.

You can’t beat the enticing force of rap, the biggest reason that it has become the new pop. Rap is incredibly relatable, and the consciousness along with this trait is beautiful. Even social media, dominated by Tik Tok, is experiencing this flood of rap. Love it or hate it, dances made to any rap song imaginable are infiltrating Tik Tok. Rap is overtaking Pop, and social media will only continue this trend.