Elliot wrote:To me, Burning Man has been a haven away from the ugliness of desperately angry people inciting to murder and riot in "rap" lyrics blaring from passing automobiles.
Elliot wrote:(Incidentally, since somebody brought it up.... In my town, “ugly” rap blares from cars driven mostly by white people.)
Elliot wrote:I have no sound in my puter, but I’m perfectly willing to take your word for it, which is certainly good news. This brings us to a pet idea of mine, which I call “police your own”.
When I ran a club for classic car enthusiasts, we sometimes “had a little chat” with youthful members who got carried away in their enthusiasm for big horsepower on public roads. We policed our own.
And I feel this concept applies to all aspects of life – that is, to all identifiable groups. If the criminal element is only a small part of a benign rap community, then it behooves that community to police their own.
All I knew until yesterday was that rap and crime were pretty much the same thing. How could a legitimate rap community have allowed that to happen?
(Incidentally, since somebody brought it up.... In my town, “ugly” rap blares from cars driven mostly by white people.)
Savannah wrote:It sounds freaky & wrong, so you need to do it.
catinthefunnyhat wrote:Even with someone like Jay-Z -- a commercially successful, mainstream rapper with roots in gangster culture -- if you read his lyrics, you'll see that beneath all the swagger (and there is a LOT of it; he often refers to himself as J-hova) and misogyny (I do cringe sometimes as I listen), there are genuine expressions of struggle, sadness, love, and regret. And given your passion for English, I really do think you'll enjoy the richness of wordplay and literary technique he employs.
Elliot wrote:I no longer have any of the gritty delta blues albums I enjoyed in my youth, but I think I detect similarities.
Homiesinheaven wrote: ...shitty experience with ugly rap, we all have.
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