Okay, I drive an hour to and from work daily. One of the many genre's of music I appreciate listening to is rap, but not any rap, strictly conscious rap. Notice how I defined which type of rap I like listening to? Back in the day, no one had to do that, because rappers were actually really rapping. Now when I turn my radio on, all I hear is this crap that is backed up by a really nice sounding beat. What has the world come to? These fools are getting paid millions off of their chart topping tracks that consist of words that I could have probably pieced together in the 2nd grade.
Honestly, I'm not disrespecting every artist on the radio, because I know there are some real heads that are staying strong and rapping the way it's supposed to be. I can't begin to describe the songs of artists like Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Waka Flocka. I almost blame consumers for this outcome because this is the exact stuff people want from rap industries now. It's becoming all about what you can grind to at the club, or what has the hypest beat. I can curse in a song 1000 times in a row, or talk about gettin' money and how "fly" my car and necklace are, with even auto tune on, but if the beat is fresh, it will probably sell millions when given the right connections.
I'm just glad that underground hip hop is still alive and well. It doesn't trump this mainstream bull**** but at least people that are willing to actually listen to the lyrics can still get what they want. We need to get rid of this crap! It's poisoning the minds of the younger generation. These whack artists don't set a good example for kids. DRUGS, SEX, MONEY, CARS, MURDER, GANGSTERNESS, WOMEN, ETC is all I'm hearing coming out of these "popular" artists' mouths. I remember being into this crap back in middle school and high school. It was cool back then because we weren't educated on what good music is.
Many people even say rap just sucks in general, however, I respectfully disagree. You have to give something a chance before you completely rule it out. That's because people are basing their judgements on solely the crap that they've heard in mainstream. I recently converted my friend to appreciate conscious rap and he used to be a strict hater. You can easily find conscious rap by googling it. Try it out, and if you still don't like it, fine. I'm happy as long as you gave it a try.