Music and Personality

Music and Personality

MUSIC AND PERSONALITY 5

Musicand Personality

Musicand Personality

PeterRenthrow’s perspectives on the relationship between the type ofmusic that one prefers and their personality are insightful. Renthrow states that, “music can have considerable effects on theemotion, cognition, and the behavior of a person” (Renthrow 402).This statement introduces several interesting issues aboutpersonality and the type of music that one prefers. It begs thequestion does the playlist in one’s iPod speak much about theirpersonality? To answer this question, a brief analysis of theinteresting issues that arise in Renthrow’s point of viewessentially brings the assertions into perspective. Firstly, thefeatures of a specific music genre have an emotional effect on thelistener. Thus, the personality of the listener possibly influencestheir choice to prefer particular type of music to the other.Secondly, for one to understand the relationship between differentpersonalities and music preference, different types of music ought tobe highlighted followed by a match of each genre as a way to validateRenthrow’s assertions. Thirdly, the auditory and social features ofa music genre also influence the choice of music that one listens to.In relation to the personality of a person who is a fan of rap music,matched with its exclusive social and auditory features provides apersonal reflection and experience of Renthrow’s assertion. Rapmusic is just an example of this case so that the reader may use thepersonal account to match the personalities of people who like othergenres. Rap music is one of the genres that evokes emotions among itslisteners. The listener discerns the lyrics because the generalstandards are that the artist who conforms to African-Americansensation and the struggles of life is considered the best talent.

Thefirst interesting of Renthrow’s point view is that the emotionaleffect of a music genre is contingent upon its specific features. Rap music has the following exclusive features that make it differentfrom other genres: 1) a rhythmic and sensational beat 2) differentenunciations form the artist that pays particular attention to thecontent of the lyrics and voice variation that fits in the beats. All these features embody the assertiveness of the rapper becausethey must always be original. The assertiveness emanates from theurban facto that defines rap culture. This explains why it is rare tofind a popular rapper with a countryside background. Most rap songshave urban slang vocabulary that aims to capture the urban audience.Rap artists achieve the intended emotional effect from their fans dueto the resonating urban vocabulary that recounts differentexperiences such as love, partying, nudeness, and many other topicsthat show the kind of sophistication associated with rap music. Anexample of the rap music that portrays the typical features of thegenre is Drake’s 0 to 100. The song is a story line that relates toDrake’s audience about his phenomenal growth in the music industryand the flashy ways he currently leads. True to its features, thelyrics conform to urban culture as much as possible.

Amatch of the personalities of rap lovers with the specific featuresof the music genre is an interesting aspect that cuts across all themusic genres. Rap matches with personalities such as extroversion,high-esteem, and aggression. Jazz music, on the other hand, isassociated with introversion. Rap music has a history of evokingaggressive emotions and excitement. When one is watching a basketballmatch, they are cheered up by the instrumentals and the words of atalented rapper. Furthermore, listening to rap depicts one asup-to-date and fashionable. The high-esteem that it elicits can makethe fans to cheer a team to victory. This introduces a caveat to thissecond interesting aspect of Renthrow’s assertions: situationaldifferences. Not all the situations need an aggressive personalitybut a relaxed one. A rap fans is less likely to choose rap, butrather rhythm and blues because that quite close to rap though it isquite soft.

Finally,the auditory and social characteristics of rap are also responsiblefor its fan base among people who want to show themselves asextroverted, urban and sophisticated. In the 1990s, all thatmattered for a rap song to it is the unique rhythm coined fromsampled beats, lyrics that had either a radio appeal or streetsensation, and an intelligent that borrowed heavily for conventionalpoetry. These urban social features reveal the likely personality ofa rap listener during that period. Today, rap and hip-hop in generalhas evolved to involve other features other than just street appeal.More artists today pay a lot of attention to radio appeal because therap fan base rapidly increased. Furthermore, the emphasis on trendsin rap lyrics shows showcases the sophistication that rap fans wouldlike to be associated with. For example, during the early and mid1990s, the Notorious BIG rapped about pagers in his song warning. Healso rapped about Versace and Coogi fashion designs, which weretrendy issues back then. Today, rapper like Kendrick Lamar rap aboutinstagram and whatsApp, which are trendy issues today.

Inconclusion, Peter Renthrow’s postulations about the correlationbetween music preference and one’s personality embody a strongargument that calls for further research. Through the example of rap,as music genre, it is evident that the choice of the music genre thatone listens to can serve as a clue to predict their personality. Furthermore, exceptions such the event and the moods that cause achange to music preference strictly revolve around music genres thatbear some semblance in terms of pace and instrumentation or lyricalcontent.

References

Rentfrow,P. J. (2012). The role of music in everyday life: Current directionsin the social psychology of music. Socialand personality psychology compass,6(5),402-416.