Ok so at this stage in my life I have two things I spend a lot of time doing:
- Making WordPress websites and mobile apps that use the WP-API
- Listening to hip hop music
Anyone who keeps up with hip hop is probably aware of the divide that is being created between this newest generation of ‘mumble rappers’ and the old gaurd. No wrapper probably typifies this divide than Lil Uzi Vert.
To be honest the first time I heard Uzi (the song: now I do what i want), I didn’t really like it. I found the lyrics repetitive and I felt like the songs lacked ‘musicality’ compared with say Jay-Z, Kanye or Cole. Also the whole look & themes are totally different, its almost closer to 80’s rock and roll than the rap game I’ve come to love.
Then I was kicking a soccer ball with my kids and I just kept finding myself going ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah’ a la Uzi. What was happening to me? I wanted to listen to more mumble rap! Then I heard this song and I was hooked – I still think it’s the best of song of the year.
Of course there is a massive divide in the Rap community, just check out this video:
Enter Gutenberg for WordPress
Gutenberg (what I am using to write this post) has only been around for a few months and already its dividing the community. I mean just check out these plugin reviews:
This is a new era for WordPress
I think you get the idea.
Personally, I like Gutenberg. As somebody who dreads writing anything, I do feel like Gutenberg makes things just that little bit easier. My mind naturally breaks text into blocks and this plays nicely into GB.
The more I use it (& learn how to use it) the more I prefer it over the old editor. It is also a testament to the team developing this plugin that I jumped straight into writing with Gutenberg without reading any documentation or watching tutorials etc.
What's causing the divide then?
I think that parallels can be drawn with the Mumble Rap divide. There tends to be a nature in humans that as we get use something more and more we tend to attach to it. New ideas tend to be disruptive and can also be disrepectful to the foundations of those ideas. Mumble rappers seem disrespectful to the old guard because they represent something totally different to their core set of beliefs, and this disrespect goes back the other – this causes a divide.