posted on Aug, 19 2004 @ 08:57 AM
I like rap. I liked NWA and others back when it was "The Black Man's CNN". I liked when they talked about how hard it was on the street and in
the ghetto. The prejudice against them. I like hearing the real deal about that type of hard life. Not necessarily "kill the cops", but that's
what they felt... the law was run by whites and not to be trusted. Rap isn't easy, especially freestyle. It's a lot of information to spit out in
a short beat of time and considering the educational challenges for some of these artists, it's actually pretty impressive that they can turn a
phrase the way they do. People emulate what makes an impression on them, be it the big hair and spandex of the 80's, the grunge of the '90s or the
ever present leather of heavy metal.
Having said that, I am disappointed with what rap has evolved into. It's no longer talking about life on the street and growing up with nothing,
living on a lower, harsher rung of the ladder. It's now about how much bling they've got, how many hos are lounging around waiting to do their
bidding, the rims on the ride, and how that's all that matters. The ones emulating them now are not looking for a message, they're looking for an
easy way to get that money. They don't get that they won't be putting out a cd, making it big and raking it in. They're going to end up working a
low level job because they sound idiotic while "keepin it real". My ex's nephews are prime examples. Early 20's white mountain boys who talk and
act like they're straight outta Compton. They've only been talking that way for a few years, but now it's like they can't switch back and forth
anymore. It's no longer an affectation. So they now sound as dumb as they actually are. They want the cd, clothes, chains, weed, hos, etc... but
they don't want to work for it. Their heros in the videos don't "work" for it... they just look cool and rap.
But Britney and Christina are just as bad. I've never seen 16 year olds look so slutty and ready to get on the pole as they do now. So I go to the
mall or Wal-Mart and see the Eminem/Chingy wannabe with his arm around the Britney wannabe. It's worrisome.