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Praising rap is like a kind of soft bigotry. It’s like praising people who can’t play a musical instrument OR sing. It’s also highly debatable as to whether a turntable or drum machine is a musical instrument. I’m not saying there’s not a certain level of talent involved. Not everyone can jump up on stage and ‘throw rhymes’ so there’s obviously more to it than just talking fast. If that were the case that guy who used to do those bad-ass Micro Machines commercials would have platinum fronts and hoes lined up around the block.
Now beatboxing is a different story. It definitely takes talent not only rhythmically, but physically as well. Though it’s still seems more like ADHD put to some use rather than music. Ice T is gifted to the extent he transcended genres and put together a metal band, yet he’s still most famous for writing a song about killing cops. I think I’m most pissed off by the fact that the thug-o-the-minute can be financially set for life after writing one song while people in real bands, playing real musical instruments, grinding out show after show for the better part of their young lives get the shaft. Every day it’s “Hey i got a song… i repeat my gangsta street name for two minutes and fifteen seconds!”… “that’s hot.. put that shit on wax!”. Let’s also not forget that this is the genre that introduced the world to “sampling” where as in every other genre it’s called “I don’t have enough talent to write my own music”.
The blatant hypocrisy of it all is what gets me. These people write music to supposedly show the world the social ills from whence they struggled acting like they’re trying to change something then they turn around and revel in it to sell records. Once that’s played out they hop the bus uptown and start putting out the puffy-ized bling videos.
Personally I think Outkast is the future of where rap/hip-hop is going. They’ve transcended barriers actually daring to try something new and they’re getting the recognition they deserve because of it. Kanye West on the other hand represents where rap in it current incarnation will hopefully die. He’s a fuckin’ knob.
Then again I know next to nothing about rap and hip-hop so I could be completely full of shit on all of it. Except for the Kanye West part, that’s true.