The Best New Music of All Time

How Afrobeats has become an unstoppable musical force

How Afrobeats has become an unstoppable musical force

How Afrobeats has become an unstoppable musical force

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We just got back from SXSW in Austin. In my previous story on this site, which you can find here, I wrote: “It seems like people tend to agree that the most successful new music currently being released is hip hop, but I hear a wide variety of opinions about which new music is the most commercially successful.”

I don’t want to go back to that “debate” point here, so let’s try a slightly different approach to the matter. It won’t be a full-on “Best New Music” category since the definition of what constitutes a “new” or “old” single or album was thrown out the window when artists released their music online, and many critics don’t believe music they’ve listened to for years is “new.”

But there’s a more basic reason to think new music is “more popular” than “old” music. If you go back to my original piece, you’ll see I said “artists in general are more popular than ever, and with good reason,” but I have only spoken about some of that reason and nothing really in-depth.

Today, I want to focus on music that has become so popular that no one really seems to be able to stop listening to it. One of the best artists of all time is that artist, and it’s not even a hip-hop artist.

The great Tupac Shakur was murdered in 1996 at the age of 26, and although his impact as a rapper and an entertainer is known by many in America, very few people remember that he also became a profound thinker as well.

Shakur is of course a central figure in rap’s history

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