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22 / M / New York
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Posted 7/31/14 , edited 7/31/14
As a younger man of today's era, it's no surprise that I'm pretty much bound to hear some type of rap or hip hop at least 1-2 times a day. Although... it's message is nearly flawed nowadays. Where it used to signify a saying or certain message to its listeners, we all know what it's like now. It's about things like sex, money, scandalous women, and drugs & alcohol.

Now, not all of these songs are bad. In my personal opinion, the more "famous" ones are the ones I'm bringing up. Such as Soulja Boy, Lil Wayne, Two Chainz, even Drake. I don't even know all their names.

The "messages" are just repulsive and disgusting. On top of that, absolutely no thought is required to make most of these songs. It's autotune and highly repetitive lyrics... well, that aren't even lyrics. It's gotten so bad, that I actually have to pause my mind to figure out a rhythm to the beat. While doing that, I'm getting slaughtered about "bitches, hoes, and money" or "go down on me and lick my stick" or whatever.

Actual freaking music was thrown out the window, got hit by a car, and rolled onto traintracks and exploded on impact of a steam train. Sometimes I wish I was born in such a simpler time, where people would hum a tune from The Beatles rather than a junky lyric on how to get fat stacks on bitches. A whacked out "artist" would tap a couple keys, throw-up in the recording studio, and make a million-dollar record, while the man who took his time and effort writing his own tunes with a real voice gets the hilt. The media loves it, and so does the music culture. It's all about money in my opinion. Some say, and yes I'm gonna say it, it's the whole illuminati business, and/or it's to literally support jailtime. Can you believe that?

What do you think about today's music culture?
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24 / M / Freedomburgerland
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Posted 7/31/14
Music is great these days, and that includes rap. Go search around Bandcamp or Soundcloud or some shit if you're sick of what's in the mainstream.


tf2pyros wrote:

Such as Soulja Boy,


How can you not like AK-47?

Here, have some memefolk from '98: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jtZx9LNpAY
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23 / M / Beyond The Wall
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Posted 7/31/14
Other than Kendrick Lamar, I dont even listen to Rap anymore
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23 / M / Finland, city of...
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Posted 7/31/14
i dont listen to rap at all.Got bigger fish to fry~~
Posted 7/31/14
Todays music culture is the way it is because of fans. Fans that support bubblegum rappers and people like Lil Wayne, that's really all there is to it. All I listen to is Old school and Underground rap so I can't say I know much about what's playing on the radio, but I can say that over the past year or so people like Chief Keef or Riff Raff have drove me to the point where I hate society for being so impressionable
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Posted 7/31/14
I feel like rap and hip-hop are alive, It just happens to be buried underneath all that mainstream music. XV, Childish Gambino, A-1 are awesome and if nothing else, there's always older stuff that are classics.
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21 / F / Arizona, US
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Posted 7/31/14 , edited 7/31/14
I'm guessing you are targeting towards American mainstream rap/hip hop. If you want to talk about that specific subject, then please be specific. Anyway to my opinion on rap/hip hop in general......I'm not a fan for the mainstream rap/hip hop unless it's for exercise purposes, if it has little to no cussing in it, and/or it is foreign not American (examples: Korean, Japanese. The only exception that I like for mainstream that is actually American is Eminem. For the rest that don't fit those criteria for me is just not what I like.
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18 / F / Hawaii
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Posted 7/31/14
I really don't like the rap and the style of music most people listen to these days. I get fed up with those messages like sex, drugs, etc. because as children are getting more used to the internet, it wouldn't take long to find those types of songs and they would pose a bad influence. Personally, I listen to J-Pop and K-Pop because there are a lot of songs with nicer messages (Don't get me wrong, I know that there is also a dark side of Kpop like Psy).
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100 / M / CALIFORNIA woop woop
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Posted 7/31/14
These new "rappers" just flow about the same thing over and over.... how much money they have and bangin females.... Over time it just gets annoying... Its cool to have a song or two, but its the same over and over. Its funny how some act all hard and act hood, when they grew up well. They're just an offspring. Rappin used to have flavor, rhymes that played with words, funny , sarcastic. and just listening to a song would be like hearing a story. Most of these new cats ain't got that. Hip Pop sucks!! I'll will stay listening to D E L, MF DooM, tribe called quest, Dr Octagon, Guerillas, Calle 13, Animal Nation, and Japanese hip hop (a lot of it sounds old school) Thank You!!
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37 / M / Oregon
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Posted 7/31/14
I'm going to take a wild guess and say the OP is white.

Commercial rap, along with commercial pop or rock, is catered to a white audience with watered-down and simple messages and formulas, and has been forever, going back to the British invasion, which was a simplified forgery of the American songbook known as Chess Records. You can't expect much of commercial rap, since it can't truly offend white sensibilities, which is why it is easier to present talentless rappers talking about bitches and hoes to an audience than it is to present material from 5 percenters, who were critical in the development and growth of hip-hop. White audiences would rather be offended by caricatures than black people being black.

There's still good hip-hop being made. Fire up some Joey Bada$$ and calm down.

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Posted 7/31/14

Rell0M7DF wrote:

These new "rappers" just flow about the same thing over and over.... how much money they have and bangin females....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnsI67bHpmk
Have fun.
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Posted 7/31/14
There's a lot of good shit out there.

While I may not like their music, OFWGKTA has some really talented people.
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Posted 8/1/14 , edited 8/1/14
Kids of this generation will see the next generation's music the same way we see theirs. Life's too short to worry about stuff like this.
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Posted 8/1/14
There's quality music across most every genre, it's all about finding what sounds good to you personally. There's also shitty pop music across most every genre. It just so happens that rap is one of the most popular genres so naturally the top 40 rap hits are going to be some of the most overplayed songs performed by the most mainstream artists who use different variations of the same formula when creating their music. I grew up on hip hop so there will always be a place for rap in my heart because I know there will always be meaningful songs for me to find if I put in the effort and look for them. I get tired of hearing the same song over and over again regardless of what genre it is whether it be rap music or anything else but rap music is what I assume generates the most income and that's why I think it's going to be intertwined with pop culture for the foreseeable future. I'm not worried about the state of the genre or the industry, you can fake it til you make it but real recognize real.
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25 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 8/1/14
Even in the 90s, rap(or gangsta rap) was vulgar and grittier than hip hop. NWA, Ice T, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Ice Cube, and plenty other hardcore rappers are the reason why is what it is now. Rappers are focused on money, sex, drugs, violence, sexism, homophobia, fast cars, big houses, and bling in their songs. Hip hop is dying except that are few hip hop artist who are trying to save it. I grew up listening to gangsta/hardcore rap music and hip hop to know those are different in many ways. I don't even bother listening to today's rap music along with hip hop.

Rap is much more popular than hip hop.
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