Top 40 artists have been turning to Hip Hop for decades now to help widen their mass appeal in the music industry.
So hearing about an artist trying out the genre for an upcoming track is nothing new; a lot of mainstream pop artists have worked with R&B singer/songwriters or rappers at some point in their musical careers.
But while that marketing ploy may hold true for younger artists such as Miley Cyrus and Justin Beieber, I must admit I was shocked when I found out that the Legendary Stevie Wonder would be turning to rap as inspiration for his next two albums.
News like this would surprise me more if Hip Hop wasn’t such a huge force in the industry commercially. But for Stevie Wonder, who has inspired artists of different genres across the board (from rap to rock) it’s a bit of a shocker.
Wonder, who is working with David Foster for these next two albums (When the World Began and Ten Billion Hearts), will include everything from gospel, to “reworked versions” of his older hits on the albums… and a bit of rap.
While I doubt we’ll hear any trap lyrics on these albums, the singer did elaborate more by stating that he does “listen a lot to rap” and is “inspired to take it, to use it in another way, to get the message across.”
I’m interested to see what Stevie comes up with.
No doubt it will be a classic!