Hip hop is the name of a scene. Dancing, DJs, turntablism, dress styles, graffiti. It's a lifestyle that varies slightly across the world. I think
guys are confusing rap music with hip hop.
On top of that they're mistaking the big names like Jay Z, Kanye West, P Diddy, 50 Cent as representing rap music. A lot of young kids might look up
to them, but the hip hop scene just sees them as mainstream a**holes. Getting a another famous a**hole on the next cut and having it pushed through by
MTV and major radio stations doesn't warrant the boasting they do
Referring to the people that buy the CDs as 'customers' is too arrogant.
That level of rappers has more in common with stadium tour rock bands asking for yellow M&Ms and special water for brushing their teeth with. Ego
The best hip-hop/ rap music is less well-known. It doesn't get the airplay and the guys that make it work hard and never get to retire. They tour and
interview, but don't put out that Gangsta crap that appeals to MSM. Try Cunninlynguists, EMc, Buckshot and Wonder, Skinnyman, Roots Manuva, Aesop
Rock, Copperpot for starters. No gangsta or guns, no drugs or bitches. Just good tunes and clever words.
The race and the class thing?! Definitely. As the media pushes all that Gangsta bulls*it and makes $$$$$, it's laughing. Rap makes billions. At the
same time it provides a circus for people that hate it to look in in distaste and tut tut at the 'blacks'. When 50 Cent or other dumb MTV star is
seen on Cribs with dozens of guys that look like gangbangers, when the pool is full of semi naked models and they're all 'screwfacing' the cameras?
It's not real. They all get paid by his Record Company and go to their own homes.
That's my opinion anyway
Another part of the explanation that nobody has mentioned is the language. When my Dad heard me listening to Ice T's
Original Gangster as a kid, he damn near fell over to hear the F&*@ word 20 times in a minute
He could manage Iron Maiden, GnR, Megadeth and
such, but rap is still a no go area.