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Originally posted by jsncrs
Hip Hop is a massive part of my life. Nothing annoys me more than when people label all hip hop the same without actually doing any research or knowing a damn thing about it. They hear the mindless commercial trash on the radio and immediately throw all hip hop into the same basket. Truth is, REAL Hip Hop is meaningful, modern poetry that conveys a message. It is a legitimate form of music - and in my opinion, sometimes contains the most difficult and complex forms of lyricism in any genre.
I dislike Rock & Heavy metal music, but I would never go as far as to bad mouth it - purely because I haven't put in any effort to understand the musics history, roots or meaning to do so. Hip Hop has seen me through some of the toughest times in my life and I wouldn't be the person I am today without it.
When I was around 12 or so, I copped an original pressing of Jedi Mind Tricks - Amber Probe LP, and The Psycho-Social, Chemical, Biological and Electro Magentic Manipulation of Human Conciousness LP. The messages contained on these records are the reason I began asking questions, seeking out the truth about the things we talk discuss here on ATS. And I believe this LP is the reason I became a member of this forum to begin with.
No-one hates the mainstream s**t on the radio labelled "Hip Hop" more than I, but anyone who hears that and automatically regards all Hip Hop the same is close minded and needs to do a little research.
Originally posted by Ghost375
I know Lil Wayne is mainstream, and if you've heard any of his songs on the radio, you might loathe his name, but he has a lot of songs that criticize our government. Of course, you will never hear these songs on the radio, but the point is I think he is a very overlooked artist.
"born and raised in the USA, where the government's watching what you do and say."
Originally posted by Irish614
reply to post by ScRuFFy63
wow man never heard that before, that is some good stuff!