A Bit racist, don't you think?
No, not at all. Lots of races represented in the photos. But all incredibly stupid, empty displays of bravado and soul-less self promotion and posturing. Makes me ill. Hip hop is the laziest art of all.
pants on the ground...pants on the ground!
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like yuck i do not need to see your underwear it is so not that great. good post
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It's not racist, just...a bit close-minded. You can find just as irritating scenes of people in rock, with similar propensities to drugs, sex, and violence. There are also people in hip-hop who are pretty intellectual, and seek creative and articulate lyricism to tell their story. They're not represented here, however.Writing about what annoys you in hip-hop might've been a more precise and less general way of hating it, as opposed to just throwing pictures of it around.
I fully admit to being closed minded to hip hop. I'm sure I can name drop some brainy, serious, meaningful hip hop artists with the talent to command stylish word play and poetry effortlessly( The Roots, Atmosphere, Das Racist).I can tell you how its the posturing, bravado and narcissism so "essential" in mainstream hip hop that sickens me. The misogyny, the flaunting of faux dreams and quick money for a nation of disenfranchised youth in and around the poverty level..and the complete dumbing down of heartfelt adolescent conversation all can point some blame to hip hop.I can also tell you that I'm 42, I don't like to dance, I'm never caught bobbing my head behind an acrid wall of blunt smoke, I'm not attached to any message of excess via a slew of busted rhymes that are peppered with horrible grammar, etc. etc. It is a boat I'm glad I missed.I am mostly saddened by the dominance of the genre. It has gone on forever, and I will never understand its allure to so many people who can never benefit from it. Sure, other genres can claim that fame as well, but most of hip hop seems so disposable. None of my heroes started out a song with an " Unnhh, Unnhh" or "I'ma". "Hey, Hey Mama"..yeah sure, but at least they're words.
Rap, hip-hop, whatever you want to call it, is bare minimal music. Merely self expression, no more than that. Soulless, talentless, effortless, it's just a bunch of bling wearing, pants dropping, golden toothed rhymes about a gang drenched ghetto. Where is the guitar? The drums? The ingenuity of experimentation? It's surprise that it has lasted this long...
Dude those bling teeth photos say it all - I want to punch those guys in the face - even the white kid. Especially the white kid.
The public gets what it deserves. People who actually like music suffer in the bargain.
People who criticize those who hate hip-hop do so in a vain attempt to elevate their trash tastes to an intellectual level. It's not just the music. It's the whole culture behind it. While Jim Morrison also sang about killing his Mother we can comfort ourselves just a little knowing that despite it all The Lizard King could really sing!
The problem is that all of you are creating an assault against mainstream hi8p-hop for being shallow. This is redundant; pop music in general is shallow. Popular "rock" artists like Daughtry, Creed, Metro Station, Kevin Wylde etc., is shallow, banal, and misogynistic. In fact, whenever rock does dominate the chart, it most consists of repetitive power chords and generic chants.The entire culture behind mainstream music is hollow and based on the most simplistic subjects. You cannot attack the mainstream level of any genre and call it a fair critique of the genre as a whole. Artists such as B.O.B., Sage Francis, Cage, Kid Cudi, and Astronautalis are great examples of intelligent, thoughtful music. And I'm not a fan of either artist; I just understand the intricacy of their lyrics and storytelling.Lastly, this:"Merely self-expression".What an absolute joke; to suggest self-expression isn't enough. You've exited yourself from this conversation.
I can't stand mainstream hip hop either, for exactly the reasons you've stated. But there is plenty of great hip hop made by people playing real instruments. You just have to look for it.