I thought it was a very interesting read about the cultures of hip-hop and asking the question: Is hip-hop relevant to middle-aged white guys? Because as it permeates culture more and more, we have to look at this and analyze it. I personally am so out of the loop because a) I live in Vermont, about as far from the inner-city as possible, and (like one of the writers said) b) when I do listen to hip-hop, I feel self-conscious and out-of-place because it doesn’t seem to correlate. I don’t know, though. The misogyny and violence in the lyrics is no different from older rock songs, but they seem to be more celebrated and highlighted. I’m glad they discussed some of the more musical and risky artists out there, because I’d be more inclined to explore that.
LP and I listen to the old-school rap channel on our Sirius during the day; sometimes we find fun dance-party hits we can have fun to, and sometimes I have to change it. I really long for the music to be fun without misogyny, profanity, and violence, because the music IS fun and CAN BE fun, but you know what? That doesn’t sell records (or mp3s) anymore.
I remember the Fat Boys being on Sesame Street, teaching us to count with hamburgers. How cool was that?
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