reply to post by sir_slide
I hear exactly what you are saying.
I do find that it has much to do with the "Generation Gap" though as younger people find it much more appealing.
My parents didn't care for my music much when I was younger either.
And would always tell me to turn it down !
But this RAP music all in all is simply another product of our society.
Being of an analytical nature I Look at the basis and foundation of rap from a musical instrument perspective for example.
My suburban high school had a nice band room, practice rooms, instruments to learn on ...and private instruction. ( I attended a very good high
I learned how to read music in Cadet band and moved up to Concert Band, then Symphonic Band and Jazz Band.
In contrast to schools in the ghetto....
Ghetto schools don't have the funding for band because all of the instruments were stolen and pawned by the local junkies long ago.
No instruments means no music department.
Living in poverty it wasn't as if they could afford to buy a guitar and an amp and pay an "Instructor".
Can't have a garage to practice in when you live in an apartment.
But these individuals most likely had a radio and or cassette tape player at home which is the reason as to why recorded music became the foundation
of their music.
Just as the Delta Blues, the foundation for today's Rock and Roll music were created out of the dismal conditions of slavery and share croppers in
the Mississippi Delta region of the south and hence the term "The Blues".
So is/are the background of most of these rap musicians ...
We are all products of our environment.
And our music is merely an expression of who we are.
And it is what it is...