After going down the path of doing maintenance to my DJ library, I've come to the conclusion that the 3rd verse of most (damn near all) songs is TRASH! The only exception to this is in the case of artist collaborations, Duos like ATCQ or Outkast and groups like Wu-Tang. Otherwise, if you're part of a group and you find yourself slotted in the 3rd verse or beyond, sorry but, you're the weak link. Take a bit of advise, learn to DJ or hone your skills as a hype man because you're just that extra guy taking up studio time!
I didn't come to this conclusion hastily... While doing catalogue maintenance, I've easily listened to 2500 songs spanning all genres and years. On this ill advised and time consuming music maintenance journey I started with the newest music and worked my way backwards. (man... music after 2013 is mind numbing AF) Initially I tried to blame trash 3rd verses on new-age music but, as I approached the 90BPM range of the late 90's early 2000's portion of my catalogue it dawned on me that the 3rd verse problem was WAY worse than I initially expected!
Here's your challenge, go to a song that you feel like you know pretty well. Check to see if it has a true 3rd verse... Ah.. Ha ha ha ha... If you had to check and didn't know for sure, that means that verse is TRASH or doesn't exist! 🤣 If the song doesn't have a true 3rd verse the artist was smart! If it does, take a listen to the song! There's no doubt you'll be able to sing along to the 1st verse, you'll know most of the words on the 2nd verse but when that 3rd verse drops you quickly turn into Jeezy or Offset. Welcome to the ad-libs only section of the song! The reason you only know the ad-libs of this verse is. Because. It's. Trash.
I mean there are exceptions to every rule but that exception is reserved for artist like Biggie, Pac, Nas, Jay-z, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole (and a handful of others). However, even the greats fall victim to TRASH 3rd verses sometimes. I'm not sure who came up with the DJ methodology of playing a MAX of 2 verses (or 2 chorus, which ever comes first) but, there was some wisdom in that decision! Tonight in your prayers, thank GOD (or who ever you pray to) for all the DJ's that take you out of songs before the 3rd verse!
Just for fun, I might put together a mix that features nothing but 3rd verses just to torment you and... to prove my point! 😂
Blog #1... I guess we'll see where this blog thing leads... I'm thinking I like video better but we'll see! Stay tuned!