Thursday, May 03, 2007

Rap contains absolute filth!

I've been hearing a bunch about how terrible rap is, the filthy lyrics and horrible themes. I heard Ludacris being tagged as one of the problem rappers.

Now, I'm not fully conversant with all of his work. I grabbed a few of his tracks off of iTunes.

So, just at random, let me provide you with some of the despicable, hateful filth that he raps. This is an excerpt from "Runaway Love"

Little Nicole is only 10 years old
She's steady trying to figure why the world is so cold
Why she's not pretty and nobody seems to like her
Alcoholic step-dad always wanna strike her
Yells and abuses, leaves her with some bruises
Teachers ask questions she making up excuses
Bleeding on the inside, crying on the out
It's only one girl really knows what she about
Her name is lil Stacy and they become friends
Promise that they always be tight 'til the end
Until one day lil Stacy gets shot
A drive by bullet went stray up on her block
Now Nicole stuck up in the world on her own
Forced to think that hell is a place called home
Nothing else to do but get some clothes and pack
She says she's 'bout to run away and never come back.

You know, I keep hearing people yelp about rappers talking about bitches and hos and all kinds of other crap. So I pulled the top ten rap/hip hop tunes from iTunes. No mention of bitches or hos.

(Well... the word "ho" is used but if you don't know the difference between a "ho" and "lemme hear you say ho!" you shouldn't be listening to rap... or allowed near sharp objects. Okay, I'm kidding on that last bit, but only just.)

Are there some rappers who objectify women, who are nasty and hateful? I'm sure there are, but let's reword that: "are there some *people* who objectify women, who are nasty and hateful?" It's a better question... worry about the people, not the art form. (And if you try to claim rap isn't art, you just haven't listened to enough of it. You may not like it but you don't have to like it to make it art.)

Next time I hear someone say that rappers are nasty and hurtful, I'm going to ask them to name me some examples, of rappers and songs, and let me know if they know of other songs that show a different side. If they can't answer, and quickly, off of the top of their head, then I don't see any point to listening to them. Anyone can complain about isolated incidents; if you really care, you'll dig in and do some learning.

You'll know that, even if Ludacris is nasty in some songs, he tries to tug at the heartstrings too, and you'll know that Ice T's Cop Killer was a song of rage about police brutality, not a call for killing cops.

You'll know that rap is a wonderful and rich art form, and that rappers are people, and span the range of human artistry, from the kind to the nasty, from the empathic to the sociopathic.

And you wouldn't just make vague claims about terrible rap artists, for fear that other folks would assume you don't know what you're talking about.

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