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Author Jay Dubya explains how Rap Music is a contaminating influence in our great American culture.
“Rap Music Is Not Music”
“Rap Music” is not music but it is a cleverly marketed euphemism disguised to give the obnoxious noise societal legitimacy. Describing the (disenchanting) chanting of “Rap Music” as singing or as music is indeed (in either case) a capital misnomer. Real Music is the careful arrangement of organized sounds in the form of notes that then result in a smooth blend of rhythm, tone, and pitch that when united, is quite pleasing to the ear. Rap is not music. The unpleasant-sounding horror is chaotic dissonance and certainly not elegant consonance. Rap is veritable noise pollution that is tastelessly amplified from a cumbersome boom box. Generally speaking, unlike black soul music and traditional black rhythm and blues, Rap is both heartless and soulless. Standard love songs show respect and consideration for a member of the opposite gender but most contemporary Rap lyrics promote a hedonistic “me first” ghetto survival theme that is cruelly perpetuated upon its afflicted listening audience.
When Rap songs first appeared I believed that the clamorous nonsense would be another fad phenomenon that would gradually vanish like ‘70s disco music had slowly but surely lost its clout (along with our attendant intrigue and curiosity). But unfortunately the dunce-like Rap lyrics herald the worst elements of society and the brazen inflammatory words glamorize sex, drugs, random and deliberate violence’ and gang intimidation themes that through-and-through reek with sexism, racism and the glorification of the ghetto mentality.
In most Rap song themes the dysfunctional dregs of the inner city are elevated to hero status while the “entertainers” sound like disgruntled grunting angry contemporary cavemen’ who are advocating the downfall of “white America” with vitriolic words expressing rage, rebellion and social revolution. This expansion of the “easy-money anti-establishment ghetto mentality” is fueling resentment and hostility among “disenfranchised” inner city youth as well as contaminating the gullible and vulnerable minds of suburban teens. But the entire reprehensible in-progress-brainwashing technique that “Rap Music” demonstrably utilizes is both a sham and a canard that is trafficking affected teens down a treacherous One-Way-Street that leads only to a permanent lackluster socio-economic cul-de-sac. What a pathetic and ignoble social disaster!
In the ‘50s and early ‘60s black rhythm and blues imaginatively captured the hopes, the dreams, the ideals and the aspirations of both white and black teens as portrayed in the quality music of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. Early black music was a unifying force in America. True, Little Richard’s music was a tad rebellious but it was not downright dirty, immoral or degrading like modern rap is. The early ‘50s black artists’ songs paralleled the dreams of both white and black America and the entire country was basically on the same musical wavelength.
And then this constructive and positive racial parallelism continued into the early ‘60s with the establishment of Detroit’s Motown where both black and white society shared a common interest in radio renditions of the ideal boyfriend, the ideal girlfriend, the ideal teen relationship and the music beneficially emphasized the stability that typical teenage romance provided. The Temptations, the Supremes, the Shirelles, the Marvelettes, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops and Martha and the Vandellas all espoused “civilized relationships” between males and females and their songs genuinely advanced the perpetuation of commonalities in our great American culture.
Ironically white performers were very instrumental in contributing to the origins of “Rap Music.” Certainly Blondie’s Debbie Harry’s classic rendition of “Rapture” and the Beastie Boys’ amusing “Fight For the Right To Party” preceded the appearance of more radical rappers like Vanilla Ice and Eminem. And M.C. Hammer’s unique song “Can’t Touch This!” gave Rap a happy monicker and the lively tune showed both versatility and great potential for the development of new sounds in the recording industry. But then Run DMC, Public Enemy, Ludacris (Whatever happened to standard spelling?), 50 Cent (Whatever happened to the idea of plural usage in English grammar? I mean, I’ve heard of one cent!) and oh yes, Eminem and other rappers gradually emerged and began shouting and ranting words that featured intimidation, class conflict, hatred of authority (including police, parents and teachers), defiance, insolence, animosity, conflict and racial divisiveness.
“Rap Music” is both uninspiring and generally counterproductive to the “good of the order.” The scurrilous pox lionizes a mediocre ghetto existence as the epitome of human pursuit. “Rap Music” is essentially non-creative no matter how creative its performers think they are in writing it or in presenting it. And the rappers have the unmitigated audacity to describe themselves as “artists.” Well, Michelangelos, Leonardo Da Vincis, Picassos and Rembrandts most of those arrogant buffoons are not. And few rappers can actually sing a strong note like Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Jay Black and Ray Charles could! Most rappers can just robotically shout, yell, holler, drivel, rant, slobber, prattle and babble in rubbish junkish mechanical non-poetic lyrics that lack imagination, inspiration and rhetorical quality. And the egocentric rappers’ amoral anthems are designed to corrupt American society and tear it down to the dangerous and literal “dog-eat-dog” human condition that realistically exists and flourishes in American slums.
Why isn’t “Rap Music” genuine music? Because Real Music possesses two authentic characteristics: it has grace and beauty, two marvelous components that “Rap” sadly lacks. Rap tunes usually are nothing more than one monotonous beat accompanied by certain anti-social mantras repeated over and over again. Real Music usually has singing associated with it but Rap only pretends to be music with relentless “in your face” threatening lyrics and assorted menacing hand and face gestures. Real Music has a variety of instruments while Rap is ordinarily arranged with only a hypnotic drumbeat and perhaps a guitar accompanied by some hyperactive dolt wildly scratching a record surface. Standard songs are generally arranged in a clever A-B-A verse pattern or rhythm format and most “Rap Music” just sounds like a flat tire riding and rumbling over a series of bumpy dirt roads. There are few chords (piano, guitar or otherwise) exhibited in “Rap Music” and the dictatorial didactical tone of voice that is exhibited (a substitute for real singing) is quite deficient in acceptable harmony and melody. In short, “Rap Music” is a one-dimensional medium and is devoid of both width and breadth. It is shallow and hollow linguistic jargonized anger-oriented ghetto garbage. “Rap Music” is analogous to looking at a rainbow having only one dull color.
High-profile black leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should demonstrate the courage to condemn and denounce “Rap Music” that ostentatiously promotes negative and pessimistic views of American culture along with perpetuating anti-social attitudes. For the most part (with few exceptions) Rap is quite detrimental and deleterious, and the repugnant curse is the antithesis of all that is good for the betterment of America. “Rap Music” extols a subversive counter-culture that undermines all that is advantageous about the USA. It is an adverse divisive force that pits parents against their children, rich against poor and teens against authority. Certainly it doesn’t take much of a genius to concoct lyrics that come up with diabolical rhyming words for “ditch and witch” and for “duck and luck!”
Of course the self-indulgent rappers insist that they are fine examples teaching inner city kids the value of free enterprise and becoming successful junior entrepreneurs in a capitalistic economy by having the impressionable juveniles tailor their activities after their role-model mentors’. But the stark truth is that less than one percent of prospective rappers ever hit the jackpot with the remainder of aspirants finding a dismal crock of fools’ gold at the end of their rainbows. Like everything else from publishing to professional sports and from Wall Street to Main Street, only the top three percent of the participants wind-up making the big bucks while the remainder of the wannabes’ in any given profession founder and flounder in defeat and mediocrity.
The “Rap Music Industry” is no different than the rest of capitalistic America is in terms of its low percentage of success stories. Most of Rap’s juvenile adherents are doomed to mediocre futures with dead-end minimum wage jobs at best (if they don’t become criminals in the meantime) and if the kids actively espouse the ghetto lifestyle as indicated in rap song lyrics, then those youngsters are truly heading in the wrong direction that will guarantee them lives fraught with conflict with society, with adult authority and the with the law. There is no doubt in my mind that the Rap Record Industry exploits and corrupts both the consciences and the hearts of inner city and suburban kids that gravitate to “the sound” and addictively like listening to it.
“Rap Music” is both a divisive force and a toxic influence in American society. The pestilence praises the “ghetto mentality model” as a model worthy of imitation and the cultural epidemic (that the rampant social cancer is) has up-to-now generated little redeeming value. “Rap Music” mercilessly reduces mankind to a base biological existence and it insidiously subverts the spiritual and the intellectual aspects of human beings’ mental and emotional composition. If human life could be expressed as a mathematical division problem, then according to the rappers’ persistent messages, the lowest common denominators of all human relationships are sex, drugs, anger, contempt and rebellion. “Rap Music” connotes a disdain for self-sacrifice for others, it suggests (by omission) an aversion for social commitment and for community service, and it advances (by omission) a despising of individual responsibility and an apparent antipathy for standard accepted interpersonal morality and ethics.
In the final analysis “Rap Music” undermines basic human charity, human decency and human consideration for the rights and properties of others. In the overall “Rap Music” scenario, hate has replaced tolerance, self-gratification has replaced prudence, arrogance has replaced humility and hostility has replaced compassion. To add to the ongoing dilemma other benign abstractions also have been viciously assaulted. In the “Rap Music World” defiance has replaced respect, sex has replaced courtship, using others for personal gain has replaced basic courtesy and wanton rape has replaced teen romance.
In the final analysis, generally speaking, how does Rap Music promote Woman's Rights? Woman's Equality? Honor for the Sacrament of Marriage? Respect for the institution of motherhood? True love? The virtues of our Judeo-Christian Civilization? The greatness of the United States of America?
“Rap Music” (in general) is definitely a harmful and dangerous factor to American civilization because the colossal scourge equates (in innocent adolescent minds) pervasive corruptive moral fallacies purporting that: adventure tragically equals thugs and drugs, that freedom is social anarchy, that love is the same thing as sex, that justice is a vigilante-oriented lifestyle, that truth can only be represented as deplorable ghetto misery, that honor is nothing more than revenge and last but not least, that Thomas Jefferson’s “Pursuit of happiness” is really only the pursuit of selfish pleasure. In conclusion, the flimflam known as “Rap Music” is not bona fide music because the blight is without grace, without beauty and without love, the fundamental truly joyous qualities that are vitally necessary in order to make life both satisfying and worthwhile in any given civilization.
Jay Dubya (author’s initials and pen name)
Author of 41 books (Google: Jay Dubya Books)
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|Reviewed by Richard Foster (Reader)
|I completely agree. I'm not saying rap is the cause for violence, but it sure doesn't help the fact that it touches on lyrics like 'shooting up in the club'. It can't really be classified as music, and I cringe everytime someone defends it as 'poetry'. But it has a big influence on society, and is most arguably the most overrated form of music. I agree completely with this article. Sure, some say I listen to too much underated genres like Alternative, but at least I understand what music truly is supposed to be. In terms, I agree, and I will defend this opinion.|
|Reviewed by cory burnette (Reader)
|I'd have to agree with everything he has said about rap because they don't blend their music together right all it is is poetry.|
|Reviewed by Zulfiqar Khaki
|Music is music. Rap is also a kind of music. we should not fear of it, because it is our soft creation.|
|Reviewed by Steve G (Reader)
|We are all certainly entitled to our opinion. While your opinion is wholely one-sided, it is your opinion.
No matter how anyone wants to sugar coat the subject, Rap is Art. And Art.... ALL Art is subjective. One person might see or hear a masterpiece. Another person might see or hear the same thing and think it's think it is pile of crap. But... it is still ART.
Synonyms of SUBJECTIVE are Individualized, Particular, Personal, Singular, Distinctive, Identifying, & Belonging To A Single Person.
You pointed out great artists like Michelangelo, Di Vinci and the like. Most of the artists you pointed out were naturalist artists. Their art was true-to-life work. Leo drew a face, it looked like a face, in great detail. I have a question for you. Is that all you see as Art? Everything must be real? What about Georgia O'Keefe, who painted some of the most amazing abstract paintings in the world? There's a lot of truth to the saying that, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
The elements of art are a commonly used group of aspects of a work of Art. Texture, Color, Line, Value, Shape & Form can be seen as well as felt & heard in any artform. All five of our senses can experience Art. What about world renowned chefs who create culinary works of Art? You cannot deny that music is an artform. You can hear textures in music. You can feel and hear the shape, and color and form of the music. These elements are not just confined to visual media.
When you combine those elements with the Principles of Art, then you have the constructs of music.... whether you believe it's music or not. Movement, Unity, Harmony, Variety, Balance, Contrast, Proportion, & Pattern/Rhythm, all come together to create a composition. Whether that composition is pleasing to the eye or ear is one person's opinion. Like I said, ART IS SUBJECTIVE. That's the one and only constant.
Social issues aside, Rap is, as one person pointed out, the music of today's generation. You can argue over whether it is music if you like. But that's not going to change the mind of today's generation's on their musical preference. Myself, I grew up in the 80's. My parents complained non-stop about my musical preferences. (80's Hair Bands & Heavy Metal)(My sisters were into New Wave) Mom always claimed that our music lacked heart and soul. Sometimes, I find myself saying the same thing about today's music. But, being an artist myself, I know that Rap is Art. I know that ANY form of music is Art. I may not like it. To me, it sounds like running your fingernails down a chalkboard... and the subject matter is not what I agree with either... and that's my personal opinion. BUT... I respect it. Because I respect Art.
I'm all for anyone listening to whatever inspires them. My Art professor in college used to make us listen to the music of his generation... all the Head music from the 60's. I grew to love that music. He said that his music has a heart and soul. I feel the same about the music of my generation. And I'm sure that today's generation would say the same about Rap or Hip-Hop.
I guess my point is this... Listen to what makes you happy. Listen to what moves your heart, body and soul. Listen to what makes your heart sing and your soul fly. But, please be respectful of other people's musical preferences.
Whether Rap or Hip-Hop are music or not, will be a debate that will span generations. Heck, one could debate whether Heavy Metal is music or not. But all music is ART. and ART IS SUBJECTIVE.
|Reviewed by Evan Chamberlain (Reader)
|You really need to consider something before writing something like this. Your missing so much in between the lines. Your developing yourself a world where you believe in ultimatum statements like declaring that something as complicated as rap could be worthless. All I can tell you is that I could never simplify something so dense and diverse as rap by trying to establish an idea that you believe its nothing more that gorillas beating their chests in the ghetto but I think you must be really missing something to be able to say that. LIsten to Illmatic and tell me that rap is not the essence of grandiose poetry. If you listen to rap the way your meant to, you can hear the beats and words sliding together so perfectly that it starts to take you somewhere very different than rock music has access
I think the part of the picture that your missing is that rap music is the dionysian cry of a generation, filled with truths, failures, dreams and successes a like. There is no possible way of trying to clarify something so fully of passion like rap. I've listened to ridiculous amounts of music for as long as I've been alive and I honestly have to say that rap is by far one of the most remarkable if ever crossed. LIsten to Biggie, Nas, , MF Doom, Big L, Tupac and even Jay Z on volume 2. I mean, have you ever heard what it sounds like to hear the talking heads sampled? Anyway, regardless you need to take the time to understand the genre your disgracing with your pre-constructed ideals.
|Reviewed by Gerald Zollar (Reader)
|Rap is poetry, the telling of a story, in rhyme, with "beats"--it sometimes has music and sometimes is on its own (as in "free-styling").
ghetto : I assume you believe any one of non european caucasoid background is restricted to a ghetto and therefore fits all the other stereotypes you hold?
Do you make any distinction between rap, hip-hop or house?
This is one of the trickier questions we’ve tried to answer. It seems every time we’re about to arrive at an easy explanation someone throws in a different opinion. Some maintain that rap is a kind of music, whereas hip-hop is a lifestyle — one that includes rap, break dancing, DJing, and graffiti art. Rap pioneer and sage KRS-One says simply, “Rap is something you do, but hip-hop is something you live.”
Others, however, insist that hip-hop is a musical style distinct from rap, for very specific reasons: mainly hip-hop has a particular beat and uses scratching and “breaks” (samples). They claim rapping over a soul or heavy metal track could never be hip-hop. In other words, these folks say all hip-hop is rap, but not all rap is hip-hop.
While there is a lot of lyrics that are profane, misogynistic, and hateful it is also real. NWA's Straight Out of Compton hit the world in it's face about conditions in this L.A. suburb. People such as yourself have a hard time looking beyond your stoogy made up minds to see the truth in the statements made. Worse the idea that you would try to change the conditions that created them........well.
" This expansion of the “easy-money anti-establishment ghetto mentality” is fueling resentment and hostility among “disenfranchised” inner city youth as well as contaminating the gullible and vulnerable minds of suburban teens. But the entire reprehensible in-progress-brainwashing technique that “Rap Music” demonstrably utilizes is both a sham and a canard that is trafficking affected teens down a treacherous One-Way-Street that leads only to a permanent lackluster socio-economic cul-de-sac. What a pathetic and ignoble social disaster! "
There is truth in here, some where? The issue is now once said what will be done?
I do remember telling a kid in 1977 that hip-hop was a fad, rap had not evolved yet.
Not only is it here it is world wide. wORLD WIDE!
Culture that have no relation to American cities have taken the heart of Rap to heart. Rap is in every major language and in the church.
Rap has dance beats, if you could feel it you'd know that.
"the quality music of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. Early black music was a unifying force in America. True, Little Richard’s music was a tad rebellious but it was not downright dirty, immoral or degrading like modern rap is. "
Little do you know, I will not name examples but many popular songs and the genre Rock and Roll itself was a sexual reference and well know except to L7's like you.
"“Rap Music” is both uninspiring and generally counterproductive to the “good of the order.” That is very white statement with the buzz words of the Gestapo language of "good of the order", very NIMBY of you about "those people".
"Vanilla Ice" was a white money making creation that flopped. Eminem is the real deal but you never listen not do you hear what is said.
M.C. Hammer was trying to out dance Michael J., he was and is not a rapper he is hip-hop.
"The scurrilous pox lionizes a mediocre ghetto existence as the epitome of human pursuit." I don't think so, take the cotton out your ears and really hear the words as banal as they are.
Rap is not about singing it is about rapping, talking with def rhyhms and a sick beat.
" And the egocentric rappers’ amoral anthems are designed to corrupt American society and tear it down to the dangerous and literal “dog-eat-dog” human condition that realistically exists and flourishes in American slums."
American society read as White and not all of them.
"Rap tunes usually are nothing more than one monotonous beat accompanied by certain anti-social mantras repeated over and over again. Real Music usually has singing associated with it but Rap only pretends to be music with relentless “in your face” threatening lyrics and assorted menacing hand and face gestures. Real Music has a variety of instruments while Rap is ordinarily arranged with only a hypnotic drumbeat and perhaps a guitar accompanied by some hyperactive dolt wildly scratching a record surface. "
Virtually all music of the popular variety in the Black world of America is based on the ability to dance, something you probably cannot do. It is not harmonic it is rhythmic it is for dancing to not humming.
That beat you call monotonous is that dance beat. Remember Bandstand, they separated the music from the lyrics, the words can be crap but it can have a jamming beat. Rap is not meant to be big band, jazz or R&B, it is rap get with the program.
Black leaders AKA targets have mostly learned to keep their heads down and mouths shut that way they are not killed.
And you are late, there are obviously black targets, er, leaders you've not heard of so you can't list them and most do decry the impoverished lyrics that detract and add nothing to society.
I would love to see you construct rap lyrics on any subject you please, most rap does not use rhyming by alliteration of sounds, you should listen carefully.
The “White controlled Rap Music Industry” is no different than the rest of capitalistic America is in terms of its low percentage of preformer success stories.
Again what are you listening to??
"If human life could be expressed as a mathematical division problem, then according to the rappers’ persistent messages, the lowest common denominators of all human relationships are sex, drugs, anger, contempt and rebellion."
Oh and what about Christian Rap? You missed that.
|Reviewed by Dem Bonez (Reader)
|Jay Dubya, you sound very jealous of people having fun dancing in night clubs. Listen to James Brown and get to know what it's like to get down with yo bad self.|
|Reviewed by Earvin Hipol (Reader)
|wow.. MUSIC IS ART.. POETRY IS ART.. MUSIC AND POETRY together IS RAP.. RAP IS ART.. dont go on and start giving wrong views on rap.. what you dont listen/hear are those rappers who really do have a message and a number of them are found "underground".. want me to name a hundred songs for you? ill gladly will!! a true mc/rapper speaks whats within, it means that those are real emotions.. and im not talkin bout those raps thats bout partyin, arguin and stuff.. cmon! i dare you! i can give you a list of tracks that would condtradict your judgement! you think hip hop people just listen to rap music? open your eyes and ears!!.. dont be too narrow minded.. i would i agree with you if you said "SOME RAP MUSIC IS NOT MUSIC".. but you are generalizing it.. its so easy to rap, that those with bad intentions can easily do it.. and another thing, rap music is also reality around you, reality surrounding the rapper.. open up your eyes.. you want to see whats REALLY HAPPENING in REALITY, listen to rap music, but im not saying rap music is only the music where one speaks about reality.. you cant blame them if thats what they see in reality..
why am i getting so emotional on this?? because REAL rappers shaped the way i think.. and for crying out loud! i joined this site just to post a comment on this article!! I Love HipHop.. but sadly the majority of those rappers that are heard, are talking crap.. now i dont know if im getting repetitive here, sorry, my mind is overwhelming!..
you want to help improve the corporate media? dont go blaming rap.. coz the more you hate and blame it, the more people will get aggressive.. you should know how to communicate with them/us..
|Reviewed by riah alex (Reader)
|i think rap music need to clean up what they rap about.
"i'm qo own that pussy ... " ?
what is the true meaninq behind it? sex?
you tell people wait to have sex, but yet ... you rap about it.
or you say violence is not thee answer .. but yet you talk about "shootinq that nigga in that face"
and then you downgrade woman.
your perfect woman is thick &nd red bone.?
as lonq as she looks qood ... she's for you. that's your
what about her personaility?
what if she disrespects your mom? or constantly call you out yo name?
is she your ms. perfect now?
stop makinq these man think they can do anythinq to us.
if that man call you a bitch or say i'm qo beat yo ass or hit on you ... do you really want him?
i just think rap music needs to clean up what they rap about and really rap about something like Grand Master Flash "Jungle". Songs like that ... talk about somethinq.
|Reviewed by First Last
|Thomas Babiarz, your grammar sucks so bad that you must be a rapper.|
|Reviewed by Daniel Santa Cruz
|Wow Thomas, try looking up some real rap not the top 20's on the radio you generalize as RAP.|
|Reviewed by F M (Reader)
In the "NORMAL" sense of music... rap is NOT music. It's just fast talk and usualy about "nig" this & "pop a cap in-yah" that. NOT TO MENTION all the disgusting foul-mouthed vulgarities spewn on almost every other word... and I'm not religious. The use of use constant said vulgarities only shows the low mental attitude of said rap'r.
Am I against rap? You bet, I could only WISH it was totaly outlawed! As far as I'm concerned, you want your rap-crap, find another planet to blub-y'r-lips on.
I used to say, God missed 2 people at Sodom & Gomorrah. Now I stand corrected, he missed 3.
|Reviewed by Thomas Babiarz
|Rap is not music....
This generation of short attention spans and quick gratification of everything. With Disney and everyone else trying to make quick marketable so called music(Brittany, rappers, hip hop, your boy bands).
There are very few artist out there, They call themselves artists but to be A music artist you need some categories to cover
1. A voice(not to say most rock or others have good ones, but anyone can talk to a beat Like rappers, and talk sexy HIP HOPPERS to a synthesized base beat)
2. Able to play a instrument(not the ones the rap artist use on 14 year old girl(KELLY))
3. Able to Write there music to paper or even understand a note
4. Have a God-given talent Not one manufactured(Brittany))by voice adjusters or lip sync
5. Write or have the ability to recognize lyrics that have the ability to bring emotions out.
Rap has the ability to bring hate and make girls and guys dress and dance badly.........hint RAPPER a sweat jackets with a hood is not consider a suit coat or style and please pull up your pants, and make sure they reach your ankles..........not look like over size shorts
Most Gangster Rap , has lyrics that seem to be written by 5 year old minds and vulgarity. Rap today rarely rhythms, (example see the movie Handcock Movie) GET out the way move!!! give me a break!!!
Rap music is the quick way to get into music industry, cannot sing,
don't know how to read sheet music or understand a note, play a instrument, do RAP....Kid rock started that way, now he learn enough to go into other music now,,,,,,,why he learn from the ones that have talent.
Rap music in movies reminds me of the days when rude people who would talk during Movie in a movie house. I am sorry today's Rap Music will probably go on because,well just like a badly paint sports car, someone does likes it and keeps parading it around.
Rap is also for people who think only of themselves, you can tell this by the loud volume they play it at. Rappers think if they play it loud enough it might sound good, regardless of neighborhoods or anyone else around them.
Now Commercials are using the Rap style (which is poetry DUH)to sell there stuff WHY........cut out the real music artist, get a 10 year old mentality to write the lyric and YOU have music for your commercial. The day the great music schools start having a RAP category, or RAP search comes out on FOX , A church has Rap sung in the Gospel song then maybe I will consider it a music category,to me Rap music awards or award are awards give to people who are true failures at doing real music(rock,classical,country,instrument,vocal)
These are the categories most large music conservatories consider to be music categories. YOU Want like Rap that okay, but look at the ones who are started it, most are dead or felons
Ask yourself this, does the music lift your heart when you listen to it, does it make you feel love, and or a feel of energy in your body. LOOK at the music in star wars and some of the other classic movie that make the movies better.............transporter 3 was good movie up until she put the Crap or sorry RAp music on.
Please Rap loves give us real music lovers ears a break, keep it down or to yourselves...
p.s. other languages doing rap ..........thank god I don't understand there languages,,,,,,,but please give it a rest
|Reviewed by Kramer Apgar (Reader)
|I feel that this article, although well written, is almost all opinion with little to no factual backing. It stereotypes the rap genre and the artists of the music. There is a plentiful amount of rap music with a meaning but i don't think you've looked anywhere but the radio or MTV to find it.
"Certainly it doesn’t take much of a genius to concoct lyrics that come up with diabolical rhyming words for “ditch and witch” and for “duck and luck!”" -Jay Dubya
I will be awaiting your next platinum album.
All I ask is that you do some more research on the topic next time and for you not to give up on the idea of rap music as a creative art form. Take care and keep writing.
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|Rap, while I don't personally like it other than a few earlier hip-hop songs, is just this generations music like your music growing up in the 50's...my Dad, an early big bands lover (his generation) used to say that the Beatles and the 60's groups (my generation) would NEVER last long...their music has outlasted, in amount of time its been listened to and changed and constantly played, even big band music of his time...Can't though rub it in, as dad passed in 89'...
No matter the music we love, our generation, or someone else's, it is still that generations music to signify their individuality...Ed
|Reviewed by Vernon Wright (Reader)
|Wow...just by reading the first two sentances I could see that you really don't know anything about rap music. Have you did any REAL research on Rap itself? If you did then you would realize that rap music portrays everything that music is. Look for artists such as Common and Talib Kweli. They have both soothing beats and enlighting lyrics. They are just two of many, many other rappers who get put into a catergory by people like you.I can understand you talking about artists like soulja boy but don't talk about the Rap in general cause there are some AMAZING artists out there. You just need to take the time to listen to them...|
|Reviewed by Joe Young (Reader)
|That is a very biased paper. Well written, structurally, but I think you could have validated your opinions even more with covering more ground in terms of what rap is. Take a look at the history of rap, it's influences and where it came from, the reason the lyrics are the way they are, etc. The lyrics in rap (and these are the ones heard on the radio and TV media everyday) aren't FULLY representative of all rap lyrics. There are many rap songs out there with lyrics the last fan of rap might approve of. As for the accompanying music, yes it is simple and repetitive, but that is a defining characteristic of rap. There IS effort put into that: it's all electronic and production knowledge. You should check out the name Byron Hurt. He is a anti-sexist activist who made a documentary about hip-hop. I'm sure he would trigger more opinions out of you.
Really, all I got out of this paper was that the author does not like rap music. You made your claims about why rap isn't music, but, again, you could have validated them more with more knowledge about rap and it's origins. Being informed on those topics would really help your argument. It's just very apparent your information on rap is limited and this paper appeared more geared towards a personal journal or diary rather than any sort of publication.
|Reviewed by Robert Schumann (Reader)
|Very good article. I couldn't agree more. As a muscian, I am open to many cultural musics from all around the planet. Though I have tried to, I can not find any muscial value to rap music. To prove it's worthlessness, consider this: Classical muscians could have listened to a rap tune 1 time and then played it. Could rap muscians listen to a classical piece 1 time and do the same? True musicians have to work hard and with a disipline to achieve greatness. The one thing that truly bothers me about this rap music culture is that the youth of other countries are abandoning their country's traditional music to persue and imitate the destructive force called rap. Browse any country from MySpace and you will see that their youth is being polluted and alienated from their own country's true traditional contribution to world music.|
|Reviewed by Lennon Aldort (Reader)
|Wow. That was one of the most brilliantly written articles i've ever read. You were spot on in everything that you said. If I was your English teacher, A+.|
|Reviewed by Cynth'ya firstname.lastname@example.org
|Gotta disagree with you on this one. Rap music is as diverse as poetry. There is no "bad" poetry. Only one's interpretation based on the meaning of the essence of the poetry.
The first "rap" was called "Signifying Monkey." Easy to find online. Rap music is also symbolism for getting across messages that have been ignored by those who "make the rules" for the rest of us to follow. And if people start defining to us all what is music, and what is not, then maybe we should start reminding ourselves of what happened in Nazi Germany under Heinrich Himmler and the baby mills that churned out illegitimate children who never had a history.
Rap, like any other creative form, does not need anyone's approval. And I can say that because I personally like jazz, which was the original American music form started by blacks, but was called "jungle music."
Tell that to Benny Goodman. Love you, loved the chance to hear you and respond.
blessin's Bro. Jay,
cynth'ya lewis reed