The 1975's Matt Healy demands a 'lil meaning' from all the 'lil rappers' of trap
The 1975 frontman Matt Healy says he considers trap to be 'this generation's punk' but was not happy with the message coming out of the subculture
After dropping their third album 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationship', The 1975 have embarked on a promotional gig with frontman Matty Healy's big mouth as their prime weapon. Their meta videos come a close second.
Healy recently garnered headlines and courted controversy with his comment that rock music has been purged of mysogyny while hip-hop is yet to shrug off that cross. This time, he laid into all the "lil rappers" of trap and demanded a "a lil meaning" from them.
Talking to RadioX about the trap-tinged track 'I like America and America likes me' from the musical rabbithole of an album (his homage to the "now, now, now, right now... musically"), Healy said he considered trap as this generation's punk but was not happy with the message coming out of that subculture.
"What I see with trap... Listen, I hate lingo... You got Three 6 Mafia, Lil Wayne... These things turned into what we can call trap music... Young Thug, the pop stars that came out of that... the Early Migos... It is this this generation's punk. DIY. Being done in crack dens... supposedly... but talking about the idea of getting out and creating something bigger. It is this proper subcultural thing," he said.
Healy name checked hip hop behemoths Kendrick Lamarr and J Cole but said they "don't sit in the Soundcloud world" and the music created by those who do has turned into this big pop music.
"I'm waiting for like we got like Lil Xan and a lil bit... I'm waiting for a lil meaning...I'm waiting for the one lil... Lil baby... I dont care which lil it it is... I'm not looking at Kendrick Lamar or J Cole in hip hop... I'm looking at this Soundcloud, face-tattooed, take-a-bunch-of-Xanax thing that is the biggest thing in the world right now. I want that to be subverted by a real, real meassage. And my desire for that is in 'I like America & America likes me'."
The 1975 have used the trap vehicle of the song to send a message about gun control, with a reference to a sign a teenager brought to the 2018 March For Our Lives rally that said: "It's easier to buy a gun than a Supreme."
However, Healy said that subverting that genre or using it to propagate a message was not his job: "Cos I'm not a lil."