stevyy wrote:I do like many rap artists and songs.. but when the likes of 50 cent rap about cars and big boobs and how awesome they are, then they have obviously not understood the genre.
Well...you have to understand that hip hop was born out of the struggle (particularly the crack epidemic)
In it's pre-Reagan, "crack music" days (i.e. the 1970s)
, it started out with boys sitting on the stoop, spitting bars about all sorts of things.
About the injustice, the crime and the poverty that they endured in "the land of the free," about having a good time, about girls, about other dudes, about the fancy things that they had, about the fancy things they wished they had, about girls, about their parents, about everyday life...did I mention girls?
It was just about anything. Rapping is really just another form of poetry.
It's more dynamic than spoken word and more poetic than run-of-the-mill balladry...all the while, it doesn't sacrifice its gritty prosaicism: the thing that actually separates it from normal poetry.
But just like every other popular music genre, it's been transformed into this grotesque caricature by untalented individuals and greedy businessmen.
Titan3510 wrote:And it's not rap music. It's hip hop music.
Rap =/= hip hop (despite hip hop music primarily utilising rap).
Nas makes hip hop music. But he's a rapper...because he raps.
Flo-Rida makes pop music. But he's a rapper...because he raps.
John Legend makes R&B music. But he's a singer...because he sings.
See what I am getting at?