I think both, but if your dealing with dance music then the beat is important but people like to have a tune they can along to with something catchy, But let me ask a question what is more important to fans Music, Lyrics or the way the artist looks?? Is looks more important than the music now a days?
The beats for sure...people move to the beat! Of course the perfect marriage is when the beat and lyric are blended with the chemistry of voice.
A strong stage presence can overcome looks...I believe looks may play a big role with teenagers more so than with an older set!
I agree, because there is something about each artist that I find fascinating. The thought behind the beats, the setting in which the lyrics were written, and the feelings in the music, are all very different triggers. But the key to understanding the audience an artist is trying to reach - is to understand what triggers their particular market.
Honestly they are both very important parts to a song, but it really depends on the listener as to what is more important. Being the type of rapper I am, I pride myself on being a lyricist, so I would definitely have to say that lyrics to me are the most important aspect of a song. That being said the beat still needs to be at least sufficient enough to compliment the lyrics that are being delivered over it.
HERE'S THE COLD HARD FACTS OF LIFE.
SONGWRITING IS AN ART AND NOT EVERYONE CAN DO IT.
WITH SO MANY PEOPLE TRYING THE LINES GET BLURRED.
NEVER BEFORE HAS IT BEEN SO DIFFICULT TO TELL WHO HAS TALENT.
IS NEIL DIAMOND A COMPLETE PACKAGE?...
DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS?
I'M GOING TO LISTEN WITH AN OPEN MIND TO KANYE WEST'S NEW CD.
I UNDERSTAND HE WILL TRY TO "SING".
WORDS THAT ARE EASY TO REMEMBER AND A MELODY THAT'S HARD TO FORGET.
FEW PEOPLE SUBSCRIBE TO THIS THEORY...I'M STICKING TO IT.
Timeless music that does not have a shelf life and must be complete. Trends are trends ,one hit wonders ,but a true classic must be complete with all aspects of a good song. Dark Side of the Moon was released 1973 and is still on the charts. The Beatles and Led Zepplin still get more airplay and revenue than any other artists in history.Dark Side of the Moon doe"s not rely on a beat.That"s what I think./Sugar Bear
JUST IN CASE PEOPLE THOUGHT I SET A FIRE UNDER SOMEONE IN PARTICULAR...
I'M AN OLD GUY AND VERY TRADITIONAL...I DON'T FOLLOW TRENDS OR FASHION.
NO ONE HERE, ME, IS CRITICAL OF ANYONE ELSE MUSIC...DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY.
MOST OF MY MUSIC IS POSITIVE AND SO AM I.
I HAD A RECORDING CONTRACT RIGHT AS THE DIGITAL AGE WAS TAKING OVER.
ALL I CAN SAY IS, THE CREAM RISES TO THE TOP.
DO YOUR BEST...BE THE BEST.