Seriously, I don’t care how much of a fan you are, it just doesn’t fit. I can’t describe how disheartening it is to see a new post for a new video from such and such A+ rider, only to be disappointed by a rap or hip-hop soundtrack. There is definitely a time and a place for it, so please, keep it in da clubs.
Editing is my profession, and if there is anything I have learned over the years is to appeal to the masses by playing to the viewer’s emotions. Surfing has a flow to it. It has been described as a dance, with the wave being your partner. It has highs, it has lows, it has fast rhythm, it has slow rhythm. It is also endless fun and upbeat. So all you video producers out there please take note, there are various genres of music that fit with surfing, but rap just isn’t one of them. For me there is no emotion in that that genre of music. If there is a visual element, that emotion doesn’t come from the lyrics, it comes from the melody. The melody needs to have ups and downs, pick up pace and slow down, ebb and flow just like the ocean. I am providing examples of what I feel works, if you can find examples otherwise, please share. Maybe it’s one I haven’t seen yet and I might just like it.
Punk always works: fast; hard driving, and energetic
Metal works just as good; various pacing, dramatic ups and downs.
80s was always upbeat and energetic.
Electronic pop flows good as well.
Even some country with Hank Williams will work: