Sunday, 11 August 2019
NEW MUSIC EAR'S THOUGHTS ON: RAP AND HIP-HOP
THESE THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT MUSIC. THEY ARE NOT INTENDED TO OFFEND, MUSIC IS TO BE ENJOYED AND ALSO DEBATED. WE ALL HAVE OUR FAVOURITES AND IDOLS AND EACH GENERATION HAS DIFFERENT OPINIONS. THESE ARE MINE. SOME YOU MAY FIND INTOLERABLE, SOME YOU MAY FIND AGREEABLE.
RAP AND HIP-HOP
I always tell people that I am not a big fan of Rap and Hip-Hop music which is partly true. The 90s and beyond Rap is intolerable. I remember hearing "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five and "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang. These songs and tracks like "White Lines", "Step Off" and others by other top rappers such as Melle Mel made valid points, political and social and you could hear and understand every word. They meant something.
Then Rap and Hip-Hop evolved into something strange, apart from LL Cool J who was still carryng on the 80s vibe, it became angry and evoked gangland imagery and aggressive actions instead of positive reactions. The breakdancing songs and films promoted something positive as well.
Eminem is a case in point, I have no idea what that man says in his songs, its all mumbo jumbo to me. He could be writing intense messages in his songs but who would know? Its all fast talking and electronic weirdness that nobody understands but himself and any loyal fan who bothered to look up the lyrics. I find this ridiculous, when I was writing song I wanted listeners to hear the lyrics, understand them and find something for themselves within the songwriting.
It gradually got worse, almost every video of Hip-Hop or Rap would feature the "artists" decked out in gold chains, making aggressive actions to the camera and surrounded by half naked girls. Check out videos in the 90s and beyond, and you will see what I mean. No wonder the scene got a bad reputation, it was being promoted as such. Swearing became more prominent in the songs to an excessive extent which made no imprint on the listener only to provoke the censors.
I liked the positive messages and quirky styles by the likes of Flash and Melle Mel, it was listenable. Now I cannot stand any of it, I worried when Prince intoduced a couple of rappers for his "Diamonds And Pearls" album but to be fair the rap was a minor inclusion, some was annoying, some melded well in songs. I became ok with tiny bits of Rap but the main Hip-Hop artists' songs, no way. It is a pity that some music styles don't always evolve into something great but actually demean the origins.