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Rap or Crap?
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Posted 6/19/07

azrael910 wrote:

At least rap sales have been plummeting based on what I've been hearing.


Woah, no way. Rap is still bigger than ever.
Eck... if I havent deleted all my files from my high school work I would still have that webpage that shows an up-to-date pie chart of sales in the U.S. for the music industry. Rap is still a top contender.
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Posted 6/19/07
any form of rap is crap including that
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28 / M / PA
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Posted 6/19/07
there are some decent hip-hop artists out there....i dont know any but i guess i am just optimistic..
Posted 6/19/07
lol i dont really like rap...
but i guess it can be quite okay
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27 / M / Houston, TX
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Posted 6/23/07
i luv rap music and the hip hop culture but rap in its current state as a whole is pretty sad

but lil wayne is killing tracks bringing his unique creativity to the table p.s. his mixtape Da Drought 3 is SUPURB!!! highly recommeded
Papoose is Great lyricist, luda just gets better and better, Z-Ro...but there arent many significant rappers around (or at least on radar)

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26 / F / England
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Posted 6/23/07
depends on the song i dont hate this genre of music but it could be better.
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21 / M / Palm Beach, Florida
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Posted 6/23/07
I think there is the same amount good hip-hop/rap music today as there was back in the day. However there is a lot more hip-hop/rap music today and it has been difficult to find the good music with so much bad around it. I've even noticed that some rappers will talk about some real issues and then come out with a pointless song to gain more popularity, like it or not it's a popular strategy. Their basically giving the majority of listeners/viewers what they want. Anyway to downright say rap is crap is unfair, and also I'll note with conservative estimates that majority of CR members dislike rap and favor other music genres.
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Posted 6/23/07
not all hip-hop and rap are crap, i like to listen to M-Flo & Home Made Kazoku and they are definately not crap
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Posted 6/23/07
rap is not as interesting as it use to be. Dr. Dre, NWA, Frost, and SPM are some of my favorite old school rap artists.

nothing is worse than country music, though.
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Posted 6/24/07
crap, crap, mega crap
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21 / F / Philippines♥
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Posted 6/24/07
whether rap or hip-hip or roCk!!!......as long as it sounds gOOd...
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27 / M / lost
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Posted 6/24/07

azrael910 wrote:

Basically rap is like any other genre that enjoys mainstream success - it has become a victim of it. It has been watered down and packaged for mass consumption. But that's just what we see - not necessarily all that's out there. In truth there are many talented rappers still making music with highly intelligent lyrics. The problem is you have to dig for them, and most people aren't willing to put that much work into discovering new music, particularly in such enjoying such mainstream success.

Also, I wouldn't be so quick to immortalize mid 90s gangsta rap. Sure 2Pac and Biggie were extraordinarily talented, but have you listened to their lyrics? I know with 2Pac the majority of it is glamorizing the thug lifestyle, occasionaly touching relevant social issues. Granted it seems intelligent when compared to, say, 50 cent, but all in all it is still lacking in substance. Now Nas on the other hand... he is worth his weight in gold (though he did go through a period where he indulged in commercialism). When I first heard him I realized that maybe not all rap was what I thought it was.

I think the african american community is going through a pivotal time right now. The stereotypes they'be been putting forth with mainstream hip hop music are becoming the standards by which much of their lives are being run - and the standards they are being judged by. Violence, degradation of women, lack of education, no family structure - and all of that comes from "hip hop" values. Kids are being taught that the only way to be successfull is through sports, music, or criminal behaviour. Anyone who attempts to rise outside of that is often frowned upon. Things desperately need to change and more are realizing this, but still not enough.

I think hip hop CAN be a great medium just like a paint brush. But in the end it's what you paint that often defines the medium itself, be justified or not.


/\ Agree

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Posted 6/25/07

gilbertron wrote:

any form of rap is crap including that


LOL to your attempt to rap ^^
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23 / M / New York, NY
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Posted 6/25/07
rap is ok
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Posted 6/25/07
Listen to underground rap, I'm not a big fan of mainstream rap.
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