Perspective - Rap

Rap is regarded as a genre of music by our culture. I personally think that although it resembles music, it is not. Music, in my opinion, requires well disciplined vocals or well played instruments. Rap rarely has either of these two qualities. Repetitive bass lines and nearly monotone vocals do not make music. Yes, the words can have deep meaning, and yes, it may be fun to listen to, but music it is not.

Rap, instead, is a form of poetry. Sometimes it's good, more often it's bad. The majority of rap I would not even deem as poetry, instead as an ignorant way to express the writers' own personal wealth and lifestyle. Talking about violence against women and law enforcement, doing illegal drugs, and having sex is not my idea of clever lyrics. Especially, when nearly every rap song is about one of those three topics.

Aliases in the rap community are also getting old. It seems going by your birth name is just too complicated and these people would rather be referred to as inanimate objects, animals, or even insects. Considering their blatant disregard for the English language, it doesn't really surprise me that they have such a hard time spelling their names properly either.

I'm really disappointed when people say that these songs are about how life is from where they grew up. Considering that the target audience of rap is middle-class white males, it really doesn't fit. Of course, there are people who truly did grow up in a neighborhood similar as to the ones depicted to these songs, which is a terrible shame. So in order to try and prevent this from happening again, do these rap "singers" try and put an end to the terrible conditions they endured? Hardly. Most of their money is spent on new cars, new jewelry, new houses, more drugs, etc. Little is done to help poverty, but they sure like to talk about it though.

Although I personally dislike most of the rap I've heard, I will give it credit that when it is written properly and preformed professionally, it can be very meaningful and moving. Sadly, this is rarely the case.

The thing that bothers me most about rap, is that you don't need to be able to sing, you don't need to be able to dance, you don't need to be able to play an instrument, you don't even need to be able to write your own lyrics. All of those things help, but what you really need is a good publicist, then you've got it made. Is that was rap is all about? Corporate "art". Welcome my son... welcome to the machine.

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