reply to post by awakwforthe1sttime
Rap music is more accepted in the mainstream today than it was in the 80's and 90's. Like I said in a previous post, rappers like Jay-Z are right up
there in popularity with huge pop acts like Taylor Swift and Maroon 5. Why? Content. In the 80's and 90's rappers brought attention to the reality
of the streets, poverty, crime, violence, gangs, drugs, etc. and also afro-consciousness, racism, inequality, government and police corruption. The
music was radical, taking influence from funk and avant-garde movements. There was a message. There was a DJ cutting records and an MC or crew,
clever at rhyming. Today, the DJ has mostly been replaced by keyboards and sampling and rappers have been reduced to braggarts, who worship
themselves and material possessions.
The "positive" rappers are the ones who rap about clubbing, getting money and being famous. The "negative" rappers glorify smoking weed, getting
drunk, illicit sex, violence, etc. That's when the lyrics are even comprehensible and not gibberish. There is no message anymore. If anything,
youths are left with this choice:
1) Conform to the ideas of American consumerism and greed. Money = Power = Happiness
2) Drop out of school and wind up dead or in jail.
The irony here is that those who've always been critical of black people say things like they wish they'd stop killing themselves, stop being victims,
stop complaining, etc. But when black people had a real, creative, progressive voice with hip-hop music, it wasn't as successful. Should we be
surprised that rappers today mostly blabber nonsense or rap about getting rich? Well, they've fallen right in line with Wall Street. The
establishment should jump for joy because black folks stopped talking about scary things like Allah, killing cops and overthrowing the government.
the Black Eyed Peas started out resembling a hip-hop act, but stagnated and had to redefine themselves as a pop act. They hired Fergie, created
flashy costumes, a ridiculous stage show and started doing commercials for Target and DirecTV. They're rewarded with Grammy nominations and a
performance at the Super Bowl.
It's a shame what hip-hop (in the public eye) has been reduced to. But likewise, look what's historically happened elsewhere in music: Little
Richard was replaced with the Everly Brothers, The Ramones were replaced with The Pretenders. Alice in Chains was replaced with Nickleback. I don't
blame a secret conspiracy, just American society.
edit on 5/1/2012 by NaKeDuSk because: (no reason given)