Help me understand the attraction to rap music (serious questions)
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Help me understand the attraction to rap music (serious questions)
Posted by SJS101 on 11/27 at 11:01 pm
What do you like about it? Do you identify with the rappers personally and the lifestyle? Do the lyrics do it for you?

I am in my late thirties and I have sampled it all from Too Short to Tupac to 2 Chainz. Aside from a couple of poppier or mainstream Outkast songs I just don't get it.

Am I missing something? Or should I just stick to my Depeche Mode, New Order, and Editors CD's



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Posted by wildtigercat93 on 11/27 at 11:07 pm to SJS101
Face it--youre getting old.




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Posted by The Dude's Rug on 11/27 at 11:10 pm to wildtigercat93
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Face it--youre getting old.

I'm 23 and I don't get it either.



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Posted by wildtigercat93 on 11/27 at 11:12 pm to The Dude's Rug
Different strokes for you


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Posted by Retro on 11/27 at 11:16 pm to wildtigercat93
Stop listening to the mainstream shite. It's horrible now and days.


Look for some underground music



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Posted by The Dude's Rug on 11/27 at 11:16 pm to wildtigercat93



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Posted by WarSlamEagle on 11/27 at 11:26 pm to SJS101
I kinda like rap. I appreciate when a dude has almost a solid minute of great rhymes/lines. Creative talent.


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Posted by wildtigercat93 on 11/27 at 11:27 pm to Retro
Music is all a matter of opinion , especially at a basic level like genre.

I dont like Country music, but i dont search for reasons why or care that other people do. I just dont like it



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Posted by droman225 on 11/28 at 12:28 am to wildtigercat93
This.


I don't like sour cream. I don't ask people who do why I should. Or complain and bitch about people who do. I just don't fricking eat the sour cream.



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Posted by SanDiegeauxSteve on 11/28 at 12:54 am to wildtigercat93
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Face it--youre getting old.


I faced it. I am old. I'm 56. I have been into rap (along with many genres of music) since The Sugarhill Gang and Rapper's Delight in 1979. I was instantly hooked and have been "delighted" by rap, hip-hop, Old School, gangsta, Crunk, Dirty South, West Coast, East Coast, and Bay Area rap ever since. I am a baseball umpire, and I used to be known as "MC Blue" by several HS teams, who were entertained by my renditions of Ice Ice Baby and Humpty Dance in the early 90s. I've never been much of a free-styler, but I can rap along with all my favorites! I guess I'll never grow up.



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Posted by Zantrix on 11/28 at 4:04 am to SJS101
Aside from Skee-Lo, I never got it either. Then again my parents made me play instruments when I was a kid and I didn't grow up knowing what a baller was until I came to this site and understood what I'm all about.


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Posted by onelochevy on 11/28 at 8:06 am to Zantrix
Someone should start a thread just like this one, but for country music. Shits awful and usually depressing.


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Posted by TigerWise on 11/28 at 8:13 am to onelochevy
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Someone should start a thread just like this one, but for country music. Shits awful and usually depressing


This



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Posted by WarSlamEagle on 11/28 at 8:36 am to TigerWise
Done.


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Posted by Baloo on 11/28 at 9:09 am to WarSlamEagle
I'm not the biggest rap fan in the world, but I do have my share on my iPod. What I like about it:

-- Wordplay. The best rappers are great lyricists. Talib Kweli, Chuck D, De La Soul, the Beasties... those guys could write.

-- Flow. I actually really like interesting phrasing and playing with the meter. Eminem is a master at this.

-- Beats. Hey, some times you just gotta dance. Rap has a good beat and you can dance to it.

-- Activism. This is a really personal one, but I actually really like the radical Kill Whitey kind of rap, so long as it feels from some place honest. NWA, Public Enemy, KRS-One... I like the in your face nature of it.



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Posted by Breesus on 11/28 at 9:10 am to Retro
quote:

Stop listening to the mainstream shite. It's horrible now and days.

This.

go back about a decade and there is some great rap music.



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Posted by Baloo on 11/28 at 9:15 am to Breesus
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go back about a decade and there is some great rap music.

I'd go back about 25 years, personally. I'm far more partial to 80s hip hop, maybe the first half of the 90s. That 1985-94 window is the creative peak of the genre, for me.



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Posted by Cdawg on 11/28 at 9:30 am to Baloo
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That 1985-94 window is the creative peak of the genre, for me.

I feel the same. Rondo, in his Friday Music thread, will post some good tracks every now and then though.



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Posted by parrotdr on 11/28 at 9:34 am to Baloo
quote:

go back about a decade and there is some great rap music.

I'd go back about 25 years, personally. I'm far more partial to 80s hip hop, maybe the first half of the 90s. That 1985-94 window is the creative peak of the genre, for me.


The only rap I've ever liked has been recently discovered by my 14 y/o son. It's 90's stuff, usually put to more jazzy rhythms. Stuff like
Digable Planets
De La Soul
A Tribe Called Quest




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Posted by F machine on 11/28 at 9:41 am to wildtigercat93
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Face it--youre getting old.


I wouldn't say that's it. If he's 38 now he was in his early 20's whenever Tupac and all of that stuff was coming out. From what I gather he didn't even like it then.



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