Aloe Blacc: Hip-hop is 'limiting'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 April 2014
Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc

Aloe Blacc decided to move away from hip-hop because he found it impossible to express his true emotions in his lyrics

Aloe Blacc thinks hip-hop is a "limiting genre".

The 35-year-old star began his music career as an underground rap artist, but he's confessed he decided to move away from the genre because he couldn't write songs about his feelings.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I wanted to explore different types of messages in songs and I felt like hip-hop was a limiting genre.

"There's a lack of humility, so writing a song that sort of exposes the frailty, fragility, the faults of an individual is not likely what you would hear in the music and not likely what the audience wants to hear either."

The 'I Need a Dollar' hitmaker, who is married to Australian rapper Maya Jupiter, doesn't think it's possible to make a successful love song if you're a hip-hop artist because he claims listeners aren't interested.

He explained: "I felt like there wasn't really an audience for certain topics. I think it's very difficult to communicate to an audience or to have an audience for a love song in hip-hop.

"Knowing the landscape of hip-hop and nearly all of the songs for the last twenty years, it's very difficult for me to find a true, real good love song."

However, if possible, he would like to change the genre for the better in the future.

He added: "I felt like I could accomplish those kinds of things with other forms of songwriting. If I could bring it back to hip-hop then maybe I can help expand the genre."

Aloe Blacc

American soul vocalist with an old school rhythm'n'blues style who probably doesn't need a dollar anymore.

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