A couple things have been bugging me lately. I don't know much about them. I googled for like 2 seconds, admittedly.
Example 1: Lady Gaga. She's brilliant and a musical revolutionary and whatever. But producer RedOne
is "the key to her sound." So why does she get all the credit? Does he come up with the melodies or does she? What part of the song is Lady Gaga, besides the singing, naturally, and what part is RedOne's? What exactly does he do and why isn't HE due all of the labels that people throw on her? That's just an example, but it seems to be the case for a lot of pop music.
Example 2: Hip-hop. Let's use Big Boi as an example. "Follow Us"
[probably NSFW] from his latest album is produced by Salaam Remi and features Vonnegutt whose singer does the chorus. So, rap production is different than pop, right? Does Big Boi walk into Salaam Remi's office and say, "I want a beat that sounds like this," hum a few bars, and then say, "and the drums go like [drum sounds]?" Or does Mr. Remi hand him a CD from a stack he's got on his desk and say, "this one's pretty decent?" What role does Vonnegutt have in the song? Do they write their own words? Does Big Boi tell them the gist of the song, or a line he wants them to use, or write the whole chorus for them, or what?
I guess the questions boil down to who does what when it comes to creating a pop song and a rap song, and why does one person seem to get all the credit?