Published Oct 13, 2010Funky soul singer Erykah Badu can't stand the influx of techno beats taking over R&B and rap tunes these days, and can you blame her? Taking to her Twitter account, the Texan chanteuse has set her sights on bringing the funk back to her genre of choice.
Rap-Up points out Badu's disappointment with artists ditching their soul roots for the lifeless throb of club culture.
"How y'all gone stand by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball ass music," the throwback soul diva asked on her Twitter. "We don't own our music no more. come to think of it , did we EVER own it ? where is the funk AT?"
She continues, "These rappers ought to be shame of they damn selves. I'm talkin bout the mc' s rappin over this pop techno musicâ¦ I believe in pimpin the system [but] got DAMN! not like this."
While the singer doesn't name names, just a glance at the song charts reveals that today's hip-hoppers are currently getting more of a kick out of the Ministry of Sound collection than Funkadelic. Despite the title of Flo Rida's "Club Can't Handle Me," the David Guetta-assisted cut is about as threatening as a clutch of newborn kittens. Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" pulsates with the kinds of brash synths you used to only hear on early '90s Euro-club mixes or old Saturday Night Live sketches. And somehow the ultra-peppy hi-hat beat on Pitbull's "Hey Baby (Drop It to the Floor)" make the Vengaboys come across like Venom.
While the 39-year-old Badu admits that this is the music of the new generation, she just wants things to get a bit sexier.
"U dont give up the boom bip and the hump 4 the payday," she tweeted to the trend hoppers.