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Originally posted by QtheQ
reply to post by Sacrosanct
I certainly didn't mean to imply that mc's, artists and all the other people behind the scenes in the hip hop genre are not intelligent hard working professionals. The biggest problem, as I see it, is that the most popular rap artists present an image that if emulated will, in general, have a negative impact on any individual attempting to get ahead and succeed in the mainstream business world. Perhaps my image of the popular rap musician is skewed as it is not my taste, but when I think of the lead stars of rap I visualize someone that is an egocentric, materialistic, glorifying the thuggery, 'stop snitchin' gangster lifestyle. And while such an image may help the career of the rap star, anyone besides a rap star that tries to emulate such an image, regardless of the character of the artist behind the scenes and off the stage, is probably going to be at a great disadvantage in an attempt to succeed in the mainstream business world.
I think there are a lot of people in the hip hop music world, including mc scratchers, singers, songwriters and mixing and production people that would make excellent role models. I remember seeing legendary Hip Hop producer Russell Simmons appear on a TV talk show and I thought too myself 'he seems intelligent, humble, soft spoken, dressed well; he even had his pants waist at the correct height level'. But unfortunately there seems to be a general trend in the culture of the African American youth to see as role models not the people in the Hip Hop music world that do have good character or clean cut image like Russell Simmons but rather look to the image of the gangster rapper star as a role model.
Originally posted by platipus
isn't heavy metal, goth, emo and other type of rock not making kids behave as badly and ignorant? yes.
dont just point it at one type of music.
Originally posted by TXRabbit
There's a common-denominator to all mainstream "influential" music. (as well as the Television and Movie industries as well).
Anyone care to take a guess?
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Like anything else there is the good and the bad. I wouldn't mind my kid listening to someone like KRS One or Mos Def or even a group like the Jurassic 5 or Pharcyde. If I ever caught my kid listening to some hollow trash like Lil Wayne I think I'd just drop him off in the nearest ghetto as a lost cause and get on with my life.
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Originally posted by TurtleSoup
"Hip Hop is raising our children to be ignorant and racist?"
No, It's just parents that are raising children.
Originally posted by atlscribe
but you've got to dig and not let the media dictate what you or your children should be listening to in the first place.