WhenIfirst saw the title ’15 Totally Meaningful Lyrics From The Best Musical Prodigies Of Our Time’Igot excited and interested, thinking the article was going to show hilarious lyrics from all genres of music. Instead this is just other criticism of rap that reveals more about the author than it does about real problems in rap like sexism, homophobia/heterosexism, superficiality, glamorization of violence etc. These are simply some lyrics that are either not written tastefully in the views of the author, misunderstood by the author or just completely taken out of context.
What the author thinks is tasteful is the key to why the article hasaflavor of racism. By usingasarcastic title like Best Musical Prodigies and only including rappers she is implying that rap is the worst kind of music and that rappers are the furthest away from musical prodigies in the history of humankind. Then other people left comments reinforcing this implication, by comparing rap to their idea of real music, poetry and Shakespeare.
Shakespeare wrote in what was then common language about everyday people and was actually one of the crudest writers of the time, including all sorts of childish toilet humor in his plays similar to some rap lyrics. Read this article: http://www.theonion.com/articles/shakespeare-was-like-the-ultimate-rapper,11161/
Shakespeare would have loved rap and so did/do the Beatles. White people tend to put their own culture onapedestal and are quick to look down upon other artistic expressions of other cultures or that are predominantly influenced by other cultures/people.
Every genre has bad or problematic lyrics
“you’re so much cooler when you leave it in your mouth/’cuz you look so much cuter with something in your mouth” – Nickelback
“She thinks my tractor’s sexy. It really turns her on. She’s always staring at me while I’m chuggin along. She likes the way it’s pullin’ while we’re tillin’ up the land…” – Kenny Chesney
“Yellow man in Timbuktu. Colour for both me and you. Kung Fu Fighting. Dancing Queen. Tribal Spaceman and all that’s in between” – Spice Girls
And I’m the biggest Beatles fan, but see them for what they are because they include tons of dirty, not exactly classy lyrics in their songs
“Why don’t we do it in the road? No one will be watching us. Why don’t we do it in the road?” (That is the only lyric in the whole song) Why Don’t We Do It In The Road
“She’sabig teaser; she took me half the way there now.” (The lyrics were originally written “she’saprick teaser”) Day Tripper
“Four of fish and finger pie in summer” (Fish and finger pie being slang foraparticular sexual act) Penny Lane
So next time you just feel like the only music you hate is rap because its crude, distasteful, not classy, not sophisticated, stupid unlike the music you like which just happens to have predominantly white artists, stop and think about if its really the music or just you. Katy Perry, gets to sing about California Girls and has music videos full of candy and cake because she’saprivileged white girl from LA; that’s pop. If you grow up in poverty feeling like there’s no way out and you just want to survive amidst the drugs, gangs and guns, you get rap. When you start to buildalegacy of going straight from those conditions to fame and money through rap you get the current hip hop scene. No it’s not ‘proper’. It never had the privilege to be. Rap is just as good or as bad as any other genre of music. Yes it has its problems, but rap is one of the greatest American triumphs because it came from people who were and still are largely treated as worthless. Don’t treat rap or the people behind it as if they are worthless.
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