Originally posted by irsuccubus
hmmmm....I guess I will throw my hat in the ring and start by saying I grew up during the golden age of hip hop. I can remember late night rides with
my mom as she blasted Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Run DMC and many others. I can remember grabbing blank tapes and hunting in the middle
of the night for the underground stations that played the real hip hop. When I was 12 I bought Redman's cassette and played it until I knew every
song on there forwards and backwards. His style was so gutta...so raw. I pulled on my hoodie and boobed my head late into the night. I watched fashion
morph as Salt n Peppa showed that female sexuality can be empowering and Queen Latifah rocked out out with her traditional african hats, all the while
pumping her fist in the name of "Ladies First". KRS-1 dropped knowledge while the Beastie Boys showed that even a former punk band could ride the
wave of hip hop. Lords of the Underground, K-solo, EPMD all bumped a northeast sound that was unmatched. And then there were the backpackers. The
Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers,Del the funky homosapien, De La Soul...I rocked them all. ...and make no mistake, I treasure every moment. Seeing what
hip hop has become makes me mourn for the old days but there are still good rhymes to be had.
Mysogny and materialism is no stranger to the music industry. Its hip hop now, but remember arena rock? No ones hands were clean for they had Cherry
Pie all over them and Tawny Kitaen was the original video ho as she writhed all over high end autos for our titillation. Danzig had sluts kissing
Pentegram rings and "She rides" starts off with an ass in a thong, gyrating for the camera. But I digress.
Hip Hop is buried but not dead. And those who seek to dismiss it based on what is being fed to them now would do well to dig crates. Dust off a few
classics like "Nobody Beats the Biz" and "So what you sayin"...hell take it back further to when Ice T was hardcore and bump a little Reckless
Rivalry....Combat. You may remember it from Electric Boogaloo when Ozone and Turbo did battle with Electro. Hip hop is an entity......its street
artists, its b-boys and girls, its Djs, its dancers, its fashionistas...its so much more than what the mainstream is trying to box it in as. But
then....so is all art.
Thats just my two pennies
and to add...if anything is damaging the psyche of the youth it is the POP genre, lol. Rap is easy to pin to the wall because its often very in your
face. But to be honest....my kids see that # coming a mile away. The know a wack rapper when they hear it. But POP...ah. Its trickier when you have
girls who rep the drunken skank at the party and call it empowerment.
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Sigh.... you bought me memories myself...... I think I was born listening to rap (all speaking - hispanic family/parents), My sister used to write the
lyrics to songs she was playing in her tape thing (now she hates raps, go figure lol). I could recall back when I was like 5-6, thats around 86' when
the music was starting to get known and more better. I love old school music and artist above plus more but I dont like the new stuff , just certain
rappers can take my ears, those are still in the game, Nas,Az,Cormega,etc etc and underground fellas and ladies. Other then that, the rap game is
trash, but it seems like these underground is finding its way up and is being heard. and I hope music gets better or at least how it was with
positive messages more than all this negative blahblah sounding like a 5 year old with their 3rd grade raps lol
Also, to add....... I see some people just dont understand why the N word is used without the ER but with an A at the end. The reason why we call each
other that( yes I do say it, Im from New York!!!!!!!) is another form of saying My Homie, My Boy,My Road Dog, My Ride or Die Buddy,etc etc,etc... Its
not the same as with the ending "ER", now thats a whole different word.
2Pac said it best with the term........ Never.Ignorant.Getting.Goals.Accomplished. .. He turned around and made that word in a positive life as well
as the term THUG.LIFE.( The Hate U Give Little Infants, # Everybody) which u can find more at this link
I hope that clears it up for some people who are confused about those terms. in HipHop. We use words that could mean one thing in a negative way and
then turned that same words into a positive light. This music is all about letting current/past/future issues to be heard, its a way to let the world
know how you feel about society and whats going on. Hiphop was meant to be a art form to open up minds to new idea and change their way of thought
into a positive life so people can make changes to themselves and to their communities but all of that is thrown out of the window now by these corp
record labels and hiring idiots to make records, They have taken the music and changed it to a way it shouldnt be. They just want to make profits,
give the artist an illusion of freedom while making pennies off of their albums, papoose said it best " You're just a tax write off" to those
records label thugs. They trying to kill something that had a lot of meaning and a lot of power to change society to a better place for people in the
ghetto and outside of the ghettos, the whole world.
This is why I have so much love for the artist that do keep it tradational, who speaks about real issues that people go thru, I love those rappers
that wont and will never change for a record label and put out materials that the labels wants out. Like this Economy hostage, they also have these
artist hostage as well and that goes for Pop,Rock and everything else.
Sorry for the ranting LOL Im just sick and tired of this BS thats happening in the world today.