Rap R Us

So rap music is a huge genre in today’s music. Or wait, is it referred to as hip hop? According to blogcritics.org,

…all hip-hop is rap, but not all rap is hip-hop. Unfortunately for us label-hungry knowledge junkies looking for a quick fix, we’ll never arrive at a firm answer. Designations such as “rap” and “hip-hop” are never set in stone, but are free to flow and evolve, kind of like the songs themselves.

But you know what kind of music I’m talking about.

Yeah, rap music has flowing, rhyming lyrics that slip off the tip of your tongue. And you’re able to shake your head to the beat the entire time (can’t say that about country music). Myself, I like LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and some of Kevin Rudolph’s work (like, one).

But there are some pretty vulgar things being rapped out there by famed rappers, including but not limited to Lil Wayne, Drake, Tupac, and Eminem.

For example, in Tupac’s song Hit ‘Em Up, I can’t even post the first few lines without adding a boatload of censorship:

I ain’t got no (insert word that probably refers to incest) friends
That’s why I (flicked) your (annoying puppy dog)
You fat (cheese head) 

Yeah…that didn’t really work out.

Anyway, a lot of rap music thrives on violence (especially violence towards women), rape, murder, and money. No, the last topic is fine (we can debate on the merits of capitalism later). But the first three make us question the current state of this music genre.

Since when is obscenity celebrated in our society? If one needs a vulgar song to listen to, look no further. The rappers have a whole list compiled just for you. Just one close look at the first four lines of Eminem’s “Insane” or Colt 45’s “Afroman” induces gasps if spoken in an everyday conversation.

Sure, there are some merits to the genre. Like stated previously, the beats flow and the rhythm is sometimes calming. And there are definitely some clean rappers out there. But as for the majority of them… maybe for once, the media was right in denouncing the genre.

Or you know, we could at least tone the R-rated language down a bit. And change the subjects being rapped about.

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