I grew up in Detroit, my diet of music a combination of hip hop and R&B. The rise and fall of Tupac and Biggie was the era of music I belonged to. While the two rappers were great story tellers of their time, like most rappers tend to do, some of their songs took on a negative slant concerning women. Tupac was good at that: uplifting women with one song and degrading us with another. I'd hear the misogynistic lyrics and just give it a pass, using the excuse that I'm not one of the hoochie mamas they're talking about in the songs. I'd focus more on the beat and the music, as opposed to what was being said. For years I listened to rap music, without really listening, until recently. When you know better you do better I guess.
new rap music doesn't hold the same sway for me. Whether it was that
way all along and I just ignored it, I don't know, but some of the new
stuff is atrocious. The other night I heard a song with some troll who
probably looks like something found on the bottom of my shoe calling a
woman ugly. Or the song where a rapper boasts about some woman who
doesn't like women "but a stack will make her kiss her". Even Usher went
that route with a song about some weak minded woman in the club seeking
another woman so the three of them can have 'fun'. Most of what I hear
from rappers is how they plan to use and abuse women for their
enjoyment. They think that having money and fame gives them the right to
treat women like objects to be discarded the next morning. Even Blurred
Lines sounded a bit on the rapey side.
it's because I know and work with women who are fools for men and get
heartbroken and played all the time, but the music isn't working for me.
For the past few years, my taste in music has been evolving. If it
sounds good, I'm there. Occasionally I've even strayed to the country
channel. I absolutely love Billy Currington by the way. I may not give
up rap entirely, I'm not perfect and there are some good artists out
there, but I'm more picky about what I actually take in.