Former cricket legend Wasim Akram recently took centre stage with a hilarious rap verse on national television.
Appearing on his show “The Pavilion”, typically dedicated to in-depth cricket analysis, the conversation moved to the contemporary rappers as Wasim Akram poked fun at the surge of contemporary rap music in Pakistan.
“These days everyone is rapping, no? You keep hearing it on the radio,” he said during the show.
Singer Fakhar-e-Alam seized the opportunity to coax Wasim Akram into delivering an on-the-spot rap impression. After some initial reluctance, the former cricketer embraced the challenge.
While it came out funny, the gist of it was to lament the lack of depth and substance in today’s rap lyrics, hinting that many modern rap tracks predominantly revolve around the themes of young love and its challenges.
Rap music has indeed diversified over the years, from its street-style philosophical roots to more glamorous expressions.
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The shift in lyrical content within the contemporary rap scene has been evident ever since American musicians gave it their personal touch.
Wasim Akram’s playful critique of contemporary rap reflects a broader conversation about the evolution of the genre, which in Pakistani industry revolves around young men finding ways to meet their lover without their girlfriend’s father finding out.
The light-hearted mimicry serves as a reminder of the potential for rap to continue addressing profound themes and social issues, as it initially emerged in African-American communities, often delivering philosophical insights on systemic issues and societal challenges. That era introduced the world to legendary artists like Tupac, who used rap to convey profound messages.
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