Subliminal messaging in music used to be a pretty hot topic back in the 70’s and 80’s. People thought that the most popular rock bands hid messages in their music that would control the listener’s mind.
A ton of people thought devil worship was being pushed in rock and roll when you played records backwards. Of course this was completely debunked and it was just coincidence that reversing a piece of music sounded demonic as hell.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden meanings in music that may affect your brain on a subconscious level. And of course the hidden meanings and messages that your subconscious mind completely misses out on because it has no frame of reference or context to put it in.
And then there are hidden messages in things other than music, but related.
Case in point – Kendrick Lamar’s latest grammy performance. The production was huge and very spectacular. And according to Billboard magazine, the rapper’s stylist shared some “insider” meanings to the performance itself.
For example, specific African tribes were referenced in the dance sequence when the “chain gang inmates” transformed to African dancers.
Unfortunately the performance is nowhere to be found to watch online (damn those DMCA notices), so it might be hard to watch the performance, but you could always read the Billboard Magazine article and learn about it yourself.
Did you think there were any hidden messages in the live act? Or do you think everything was pretty clear in the performance. Does it even matter?
Should Kendrick have made those “hidden” messages more plain in sight? Some may say yes, but look at the flack him and Beyonce have already gotten for their slight tip-of-the-hat to the struggles of their race.