posted on Jan, 4 2009 @ 03:17 AM
The reason for the bias is mainly ignorance, people who hate hip hop and say it's talentless rubbish simply don't know any better. You can't
exactly blame them, since hip hop is just so incredibly different from any other genre of music.
The thing is, With any other genre of music, the quality of music is based on how pleasing the song is to the ear, how complicated the riffs are, how
good the singer is, how meaningful the lyrics are, and stuff like that, and hip hop doesn't put emphasis on any of those things. Hip hop instead
places emphasis on other things the average music listener isn't trained to look for, since they don't know what to look for they miss what makes
hip hop so amazing, and it comes off as sounding like garbage to them.
You play the average music fan a song produced by dj premier, the beat will sound incredibly simple to them, and subsequently they will probably think
dj premier didn't put to much effort into the beat. What they don't know is that dj premier sampled an obscure spanish song from the 70's and
chopped the sounds up till they aren't recognizable anymore. He also used a bunch of compressors, filters, and eq's to shape the sounds of each
individual kick, snare, hihat to get them to sound as crisp and hard hitting as possible. And each individual kick snare an hihat is sampled from
obscure records few people have heard before.
If anyone here makes hip hop music, or makes sample based beats, then you'll know what I'm talking about. Sampling has a real negative ring to it,
hip hop is notorious for using samples, which partly leads to the bias. The average person who has never tried sample based music before will think
that's it's just stealing music, unaware of all the effort and passion that is put to the music.
So, musicaly and instrumentaly speaking, that is why alot of people dismiss it. Vocally, again hip hop is very different. Rather then putting emphasis
on how well you can sing and how deep your lyrics are, emphasis is placed on your breath control, your flow, and announciation, and how complicated
your rhyme patersn are.
You play the average person an eminem song, they will most likely think eminem is talking junk about nothing important, and he's just talking over a
beat. They don't realize eminem just rhymed every sylable in his first bar with every sylable in his second bar. They don't realize that his flow
and breath control are so amazing he makes it look simple, and that it is actually quite complicated.
There is alot that goes into hip hop that alot of people don't realize. Even talking to "the real heads", they don't quite know everything. Hip
hop is something that you will not understand just by listening to it, you have to have someone there to teach you about it. That's why alot of
suburban white hipsters love rappers like sage francis, slug and aesop rock, becase those rappers break down the typical barriers of hip hop. It is
something they can relate to more, since rappers like that do place some emphasis on the more traditional aspects, like how deep your lyrics are.
Those rappers tend to do alot of 'arty' type songs, that sound really profound and deep. Meanwhile, these same hipster may not understand a rapper
like ludacris or Slim thug, even though ludacris and slim thug put just as much effort into their music as krs one or lupe fiasco.
It's too compluicated an issue to really fix this, people will always be ignorant, my advice would be to just let them be, and enjoy for yourself the
diamond in the dirt that is hip hop.