>say something genuine
>put yourself at risk of being deemed "edgy" or "pretentious"
honestly this isn't a salient argument for anything
when "edgy" is used correctly, it's usually used against someone who posts like "ACTUALLY..." then proceeds to spout off some dismissive opinion regarding music generally accepted as being classic or timeless
somewhere around 14-16 years old, you realize you can say "I don't believe in God" and "the Beatles suck" and "actually Brian Eno is terribly contrived" without your head exploding, so some people take a lot of joy in just being contrary and shitting on things everybody likes without justification because it makes them feel like an individual
when you act in such a way as to cause people to think you're more interested in rebelling and establishing a personal style than actually assessing music, you should be called "edgy"
It's all about presentation. For instance, on the new Kid Cudi record, he says a lot of 'genuine' things - dude clearly is hurting in some way. But he presents it in such a way that seems childish and fake, and as a result, it makes it seem like that pain is there for the sole sake of saying 'I am in pain. Feel bad.' rather than it in a way that can resonate with the listener in any way. It's done in a very dull, lifeless, and thus seemingly disingenuous way.
Compare this example with Isaac Brock's description of his own suffering in the song 'Workin' on Leavin' the Living.' His dissatisfaction with his own life is shown in a way that seems real to the listener - strained, tired, and done. It's not considered particularly 'edgy' because it's presented in a way that is both artful and human, and so, we can relate.
If what your saying really is genuine, then it shouldn't be a problem to present it in a way that the audience can understand and empathize with.