Ive read through this thread and found myself nodding, laughing, shaking my head in disbelief. Im a child of the 80's so I grew up in the golden age
of hip hop. I remember the angriest rap I heard when I was a little kid was "The Message" by Grand Master Flash and even that held...well a message.
There was a time when rap had people feeling good about themselves. Public Enemy told us the truth...Can't Trust it...and had us Fighting the power
long before fashionable Occupy movements. There were a bevy of female rappers who did not remove a stitch of clothing and X-Clan and Professor Griff
were trying to teach the disenfranchised about origins that reached back further than slavery and that crack was a tool of the white man. Red, Black
and Green DOMINATED fashion and while there were still assclowns in the game....their numbers were lower per capita.
Perhaps those so down on hip hop should ask themselves what could possibly be gained from shifting the focus of people from a burgeoning knowledge of
self and purpose to moral ambiguity and material worship? After all, this was a group that fought their way through segregation, the civil rights
movement, had produced a number of strong leaders, renaissance people, artists and entertainers. And yet here we are...currently being represented on
television by some skank in a pink wig and Lil Wayne. So who could possibly benefit from a whole generation so far removed from the civil rights
movements and Malcolm X's of the world that they no longer make trouble by yammering on about equality or getting the shaft from "whitey"? Who
benefits when whole segments can be put on a brand just because a rapper puts it in a song? Hmmmm...corporate America maybe? And if we are following
the money in good ole ATS fashion we will see that like many other things...this ties in with those greedy, grasping hands of the elite. If anyone
thinks that black people feel some swelling sense of collective pride when we see these clowns put on display by these record companies then they are
an idiot. As another poster wrote...hip hop is dead. There is some life below ground but what you see now is white record executives interpretation
of it and a few sellouts who are going along with it. And much like Comic based movies...once people discovered how much money could be made...the
genre began to die.
I love hip hop. But I also love rock...metal specifically. Any Morbid Angel fans in the house? White Chapel? Danzig? You know...that guy whose one
video opens with an ass dancing in a thong...or who can forget that scene in AM I Demon where he has sluts kissing his pentagram ring. Oooh
ooh!!...And did you know that Judas Priest wants you to "Do it"???? I know! Lets all listen to some Stravinsky...perhaps we will get a pass if we
riot and loot during Rites of Spring.
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