*(Swag is a common term used, for inferior)
Big up my VIP2 crew they have a thread on the new word to hate.
From this day forward, in grime at least, please do not record any more tunes with the word swagger, or any other forms (fly, flashy etc). Release what you have got fair enough, but please don't do any more.
Swagger and being 'fly' has become the new default topic for an MC to talk about. It used to be violence, but as that got out of control, and basically exempts you from any 1xtra daytime play at all (what most people can realistically get with a decent tune), mc's have stepped away from it totally.
This may sound ignorant. But I PREFER lyrics about violence. Not because I particularly enjoy MC's talking about how they intend to eliminate their foes, but it is all in delivery. I am going to be careful on using examples, but when MC's are talking about how fly they are, they seem to slow down, and put little energy into delivery. Intense flows and energy is what I to listen to Grime for, not somebody talking about what brand their T-Shirt is or how great their flow is compared to another MC, especially with such a lazy delivery. Surely if your t shirt is great, let me complement you on acquirying such a fine piece of fabric, don't big yourself up. Or if your the 'realest' MC that would be an opinion I could generate from listening to what else you have to say, rather then you having to dictate that to the listener
The actual term swagger originates from the U.S. If you want to hear swagger in its most irirating form check out T.I's Swagger Like Us track.
When MC'ing in this fashion, other American slang creeps in, and it actually dilutes the authenticity of what they are saying, as it just seems like imitation to me. When I hear terms like "getting my guap" and "trapping" or "dawg" it just screams Dipset imitation to me. And as a man that doesn't really follow hip hop or American culture in general, it is pretty distasteful. (Not saying Americans are by the way, I am saying the people that imitate you guys!)
To finish off, I'd like to say this wasn't aimed at anyone in particular, but we don't want to hear anymore of you guys talking about your free clothes you get, or your paperweight Del Boy chains.
If your not convinced. Listen to this
O yea, stop bragging about PRS money. Just because you didn't know it existed when you first picked up a pen and a pad. Actually, I wonder if MC's type their lyrics in this day and age?