A few days ago I was driving home and I came to the realisation that I’m not into Rap music as much as I once thought. I always thought I was a Hip Hop head, Hip Hop yes, but when it comes down to it, Rap does my head in. I can always listen to Illmatic, Reasonable Doubt, Ready To Die, The Infamous, Beats Rhymes and Life, Midnight Marauders, and a lot of other nostalgic cuts from a particular era in Hip Hop, but modern contemporary Rap is something I seldom have time for. I’m never in the mood to listen to it, I tend to resort to it when my back is up against it and I require some theme music but again, it’ll be a playlist full of songs from my favourite era of Hip Hop rather than a bunch of drunk, drugged up and derogatory assholes make me feel shit about myself because I don’t do irrational things like:
- Throw thousands of dollars at strippers, spend astronomical amounts of capital on fizzy wine.
- Believe their post modern relationship mantra of mistrust, these hoes ain’t loyal.
- Wear garish jewellery, overpriced massed produced child labour assembly line garments and sports shoes.
- Refer to my partner or any other female as a ‘bitch’ or a ‘hoe’.
- Use the word n**** as a term of endearment or even at all
I’d hate to think what one of their hang outs are like, I’m not one for ‘the clurrrb’; you know the places where people go to take selfies to post on Instagram, which feature hashtags such as #turnup, #poppingbottles, #tablelife. If I wanted to go to a place where buying a table with drinks became the status symbol, I would of ventured to IKEA picked up a £15 basic table and made a pit stop at the off licence on the way home, setup an iPod docking station and ‘turnt up’ in my kitchen.
It’s pretty regressive and I doubt these artists represent the common folk by rapping about stuff they don’t yet own. Some will say that it’s an aspiration thing, I disagree because they create a regressive cycle of decline as the emphasis is on materialism as opposed to sustainability. I feel like no one wants to make a change anymore, don’t get me wrong there are your Kendrick’s, Talib’s, Common’s, and to a subversive contradictory on an observational angle, Kanye’s but the rap that I hear is pretty pretty corporate. Who would of thought that when Run DMC had a whole auditorium lift their Adidas in the air as a demonstration of Hip Hop’s influence back in the ’80s, that the corporations, brands, jewellers, liquor and automobile companies would have us in mental, physical and aspiration all bondage. I don’t listen to Rap out of choice, I don’t wish to be corrupted or have my consciousness polluted by such nonsense. I’d rather listen to House instead…
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