posted on Aug, 24 2004 @ 11:54 AM
Well, this thread is about the gangsta rap fad in America, so other countries' dialects and such don't really matter for the purpose of this
The bottom line here is that if you want to be successful and get a decent job here in the U.S., you have to conform to the mainstream. Rap slang
isn't mainstream. It's barely the english language. And though it's a fad that may pass, it's affecting young people drastically before it can
go away or they can outgrow it. My ex's nephews are early 20's and still "go git der boyz" to go beat people down that they "gotta beef wit".
They're unemployed because they go to fast food places and such with their whole posse and try to get a job, which of course they don't. A boss
doesn't want to hire someone who shows up with 15 people to apply for a job. Doesn't want to hire someone who can barely speak proper english and
is more interested in looking cool and bored than in really trying to get the job. Then he comes home and when his mother jumps him about not
working, he says he tried to get a job, but "dese mufukkas ain't down widdit". It's not all whites doing the hiring anymore, either. A black
manager doesn't want to be saddled with Snoop Jr. when he/she has had to work hard and present themselves in a professional manner to get where they
are. Same goes for hispanic managers. They want a good crew, reliable and able to deal with the customers. They don't want anybody's posse
hanging around the place waiting for their homeboy to get off work or slide them free stuff. And these guys will NEVER get a decent office job or
anything above the bluest of blue collar. It's a shame. This fad is not passing quickly enough for them to salvage anything of their lives from
As far as it being a dangerous fad, I completely agree. Not just because of the regressive nature of the male/female roles in society being shown,
but because many of the lethal crimes taking place now are being done by young people who place almost no value on human life. I listened to
Metallica and Zeppelin growing up. I didn't get a bunch of friends together and beat anyone to death for the rims on their car. Didn't kill or
shoot people almost every day (watch Washington D.C. news, the start of the school year is not a joyous event) over petty things and issues. They're
going to jail for murder and other serious felonies before they even really have a chance at life, and it's because it's a lifestyle. Not all rap.
Not all hip-hop. But the gangsta rap which makes these activities the basis for gaining respect. That's the problem. Being a fad doesn't make it
any less dangerous.
I worked with a woman who had Jamaican family, was from New York and was very talented at imitating a variety of accents. She would speak the dialect
on the phone with her family, then put them on hold to take a customer call and immediately slip into her "professional phone person" voice, then
back to her family's dialect again, seamlessly. The problem isn't with people being able to change back and forth to conform to any situation.
It's with people not being able to. Only knowing the incorrect way to speak and present themselves. Those who can't see it for what it is and fall
prey to a false "lifestyle" are going to be the adult burdens on society later on. Not fair to them, not fair to everyone else.
[Edited on 24-8-2004 by torque]