...in my boxers...
Jaime, I won't shake my head at the Eminem reference. Why? He's one of my favorite artists, not for what he says, but how and why he says it. One: he's one of the best 'rap' artists, I feel, to come on the scene in a long while, and two: he doesn't give a damn. People can question his lyrics all they want, but the way he delivers them is superb, to me. You may say "he's too mainstream now," which is true, and for a lot of artists, that's a bad thing. For Eminem, just listen to "Lose Yourself." No gimmicks, just Eminem and his talent, at it's best.
As far as what rap is and what it's not...
"I understand the need to express 'life on the streets' because I'd be pissed off if someone told me I wasn't allowed to write about rape, manic depression, abuse, etc. - but that doesn't mean that you Only go in that direction."
For many rappers, who are in it for rap itself, for those on the streets, to improve this world before they're done with it, there isn't anything besides the streets. It is the streets. The life. Look at Tupac Shakur, who I believe to be the best rap artist there ever was (many agree with me -- look how many damn albums he's sold -- though album sales aren't a true reflection of talent -- look at those who bought Eminem merely to say what they truly thought of him.) Tupac was educated, he went to a prestigious school (Baltimore School of the Arts), he knew fine arts, he even wrote poetry:
He had dreams beyond the ghetto, beyond the streets, but that never meant he was above the streets. His life was the street, but he knew there was more then it.
"Opeth's right in calling it a form of poetry, but I would say it blurs the line between poetry and music- the music works around the word rhythms, rather than the other way around that you often find in rock and pop. "
"many artists do come from crime ridden places and are reflecting the reality of their lifes. "
"I had a boyfriend that was obsessed with DMX at one point so I bought the cd and every song on there was about gangster life. Now sure, I liked it, but when I was saying that I wish they'd write about more than just that."
Sometimes, all you can rap about is what is real to you, what is your own personal reality. There may be other realities out there, but if you can't see it as real to you, then it's irrelevant, for some.
"I agree that much of rap's music is simple, but this is due to the fact that there is a large emphasis on the lyrics. Just bceause its simple does not mean its not music. Some punk songs only have three chords, the Velvet Underground used basic structures and chords. Some techno is very basic, often sampling large parts of other dance songs, its still music regardless of the technique or musicanship. "
"As I said, it is form of poetry with a "beat" behind it. It is not music.
Mozart would roll over in his grave if he knew rap was declared to be music.
I am not putting it down as an art form. It is just not music.
it is still music, because it is the music that is in the forefront, not just a beat. "
1. The art of arraigning sounds in time to produce a composition that elicits an aesthetic response in a listener. 2. Vocal or instrumental sounds having some degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm 3. A musical composition. 4. Aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds.
1. slang A talk or conversation. 2. A form of popular music marked by spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics with a rhythmic accompaniment.
What one sees as music isn't always what others see as music. We all have different point of views. That's the beauty of it all -- there's generally something for everyone.
"Talking about the "gangster life" is all fine and dandy, but they aren't saying they want to get out of it. They're talking about how much weed they smoke and how many hoes they screw and how many cops they bust a cap in."
Why must they say they want to get out of it? That's their life, and it's perfectly fine for them.
I'm done. I don't know if I made any sense. I just wanted to put in a few words.
"A life unexamined is not worth living."