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Why Do Hip-Hop/Rap Fans Hate Positive Music?

    Yesterday I heard Kendrick Lamar’s new record, “I” for the first time.  I know I may be a little late to the party but excuse me while I have other responsibilities in my life than waking up every morning looking for the newest single of a popular hip-hop artist.  Once I heard the song I immediately turned up the volume, and while smiling, danced around my room singing hook repeatedly.  After the song was over I felt a wave of positive vibration soar through me, and was satisfied in knowing one of my favorite artists was doing something important for the youths of the hip-hop culture.

    To my surprise, this morning I immediately looked to read some of the responses to the record that were all but supportive.  There seemed to be a 60/40 split of those supporting the song, to those who didn’t appreciate it as much as I did.  Now I know in music, not everybody is going to like every song.  That’s just how it goes.  But after also finding out that many hip-hop heads didn’t take to kindly to Pharrell’s “Happy”, which is a song I adore btw, I found myself infuriated.

    It seems to be a continuous pattern of fans and enthusiasts of hip-hop music that continue to find ways criticize uplifting and genre bending styles of positivity, peace and love.  Beyond the un-appreciation of the “Isley Brothers” sample and the production in general I was mind-blown by how many responses just seems to dislike the record in the entirety.

    Now, I don’t want to rant about how annoying it is for every hip-hop fan to dissect every single second of a song as if it has to fit some format to meet your never satisfied expectations in lyricism and production, but that in itself is just a revolving door of redundancy in thinking and under appreciation.  It never ends.  Bloggers, producers, and DJ’s will forever think for some reason in their heads a song could’ve been better.  I guess that’s just how many participants in the industry feel. Yet its unfortunate on so many levels.

    I’ve come to realize the reason why so many artists don’t succeed is an overwhelming problem within the industry itself from all directions.  Specific socio-economic audiences refuse to support one another.  Point blank, period.  Forgive me if this offends but I am hispanic and I have friends of literally dozens of races and ethnic backgrounds.  What I see in hip-hop has been a continuous cycle that still refuses to pander.  Fans of the cultural minority refuse to uplift their artists to a degree of success that equals their white counter parts.

    I’ve have read recently there is a shift in the hip-hop culture that is excluding black artists more and more in favor of white artists with lesser talent.  And while I do see this I also see something else that gets ignored.  WHITE PEOPLE SUPPORT WHITE PEOPLE.  Plain and simple.  Macklemore, Mac Miller, G-Eazy, and Riff-Raff’s success comes from the obvious fact their anglo fans support them fully; both online and offline.  Have you not done your study of American history?  Its always been this way.  Why do you think things are as they have been the past 300 or so years? Its plain as day.

    Once again, I am latino, and beyond the fact my culture is highly underrepresented in hip-hop music I will say, hispanics are just as responsible for the lack of success of their artists, just as much as the black community.  And again, I’m sorry if you get offended in reading this, but I’m calling it as I see it.  And I’m not afraid of the backlash that may occur because of this statement.  If you want minority artists to compete in success as much as white artists than you have to support them, fully.  Even if you don’t agree with their decisions at times.  Its just a bullet we have to bite in order to see true progression.  And its not just about the music, its also about making a change within one’s own mindset and personal behavior.

    Believing the “gangster” behavior is a requirement because of where you were raised is a result of predictive behavioral programming and cultural brainwashing.  I understand how circumstances of environment influences  perspective, but at what point do we take responsibility for own actions and come to realize everything from violence to neglect is a choice we consciously make?  The term, “The world is what you make of it” is as true as it reads.  And this “hate just to hate” behavior either ends now, or continues until we dig ourselves even deeper into this hole we’ve buried ourselves in.  I just don’t get it.  And at 18 years old there is no excuse. You an adult.  Stop buying into and feeding stereotypes based on your influences.

    Love or hate Kendrick Lamar’s new record, I can’t help but wonder, do you dislike the song? Or are you just uncomfortable with the message because of your own insecurities and inadequacies with who you are?  Because as this pattern of “positive music hatred” continues I’m starting to think the latter.  My mother raised me with the philosophy, “If you don’t have something nice to say, keep it to yourself.”  And while this blog entry may not be the nicest form of delivering my point, I’m simply “being real” and calling it how I see it.  And how I see it, many hip-hop heads just simply don’t know when to just enjoy the music and shut the hell up


    Matt G