"I'll admit, I: A: came here to see how stupid you are to have that phrase in your sig/as the name of a blog; B: came in here and bash rap with a fellow idiot"
Chances are, if you agree with that statement, you're either extremely stupid, or a conformist who struts around with ACDC and Led Zeppelin shirts from Target. See, if you sincerely don't like it, fine, that's understandable, but you probably haven't listened to the right rap. If you hate it, you're stupid and don't deserve an opinion.
"Alex, I'm slightly intrigued so far, but what is the right rap?"
Good, inspired lyrics, good flow, honest presentation, humble subject matter. Rap that isn't manufactured garbage, and isn't there to create a new dance, become a trend, or to make money.
Soulja Boy, I'm pointing at YOUUUUUUUUUU.
"Can you point me in the right direction to start out?"
A great example of rap at its best is in the early '90's. My personal favorite rap from this era comes from the group A Tribe Called Quest. Very insightful, meaningful, inspired lyrics. No guns, no violence, no garbage. Tribe's album The Low End Theory is by far one of my favorite albums ever. They tell stories in a poetic, flowing method, and are certainly ear pleasing. From the song 'Show Business':
"Yo, I gotta speak on the cesspool
It's the rap industry and it ain't that cool
Only if you're on stage or if you're speakin' to your people
Ain't no-one your equal
Especially on the industry side
Don't let the games just glide
Right through your fingers, you gotta know the deal
So Lord Jamar speak, because you're real..."
Even back then, there was a huge deal of bad rap among the good stuff, and the talented writers recognized it.
"But what about modern rap? It's all about fucking bitches and shooting other people!"
Yes, the shitty rap is about those things. How many rappers a year do you hear about on the news getting arrested for murder? One to two, every other year or so, MAYBE. Old school rap didn't suffer from this as much as modern stuff does.
"Alright we covered the 90's, what about the new millenium?"
One of the most talented rappers of this decade is Mos Def. From his song 'Mathematics':
"It's five dimensions, six senses
Seven firmaments of heaven to hell, 8 Million Stories to tell
Nine planets faithfully keep in orbit
with the probable tenth, the universe expands length
The body of my text possess extra strength
Power-liftin powerless up, out of this, towerin inferno
My ink so hot it burn through the journal"
Extremely intelligent, well thought out, rhymes well, flows well, everything.
Most mainstream rap is needlessly aggressive, as, going off the path a tiny bit, comedian Mike Birbiglia states in one of his jokes:
"Rap has changed a lot since I was a kid. It was so innocent! It was just like "Ribbity rap rap raptastic!" It's just gotten so arbitrarily aggressive you know? Rappers now are like "It's 2005 mofo!" And I'm like, you're mad about the date? You gotta pick your battles man, I mean, you get mad at that, no one's gonna believe you when you're mad at real stuff. You're like the boy who cried 'mofo'."
And he is correct. Most of it is pointless ramble about things that never really happened. Good rap takes on personal accounts of growing up in rough neighborhoods, the dangers of the music business, etc.
"Conformist prick! Everyone says old school rap and underground/non mainstream rap is the best!"
Hm, the word 'best' is subjective, in music, there's no such thing as best. But as far as my personal preference, there is very little modern mainstream rap I would consider 'good'.
Of course, someone out there is always gonna like Soulja Boy, and someone will always refuse to appreciate rap, listen to it, respect it, etc., and stick to whatever it is that they do like. Music is a huge, diverse medium, and you can't knock it til you try it.
G-Dog_666 wrote on Aug 27th, 2008 at 6:56pm : *retarded comment*
Alright, I see your point, but you don't have to be a twat about it.
The theme of this blog is a "hey, give it a chance" rather than "rap > all", so learn the meaning of the word elitist before you use in such a dumb fucking way.
"See, if you sincerely don't like it, fine, that's understandable, but you probably haven't listened to the right rap. If you hate it, you're stupid and don't deserve an opinion."
Read it. Read it again. Again. Got it yet? Probably haven't listened to the right rap. No elitism, no shoving my thoughts down your throat. The word hate is used in the sense that people say they 'hate' it because it 'isn't music', 'lacks talent', etc. I'm never one to think I'm high and mighty because I'm strongly opinionated and believe I can make a decent argument.
Do I truely give a fuck about who likes what? No, certainly not, people are entitled to their opinion as long as they have a reason, and aren't blind to what's really out there and don't make ridiculous judgments such as your own. And of course this would fuel arguments, that thought hovered in my head as I typed every letter of this blog. Do I care? No. Did I try to insinuate conflict? Never. Try pulling your head out of your ass and grasp the concept of this blog; don't knock it til you try it.