This is my first post, so please be patient with me....
I borrowed the title to this post from my pastor Freddie Haynes, the pastor at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Tx.
The sermon he gave at Sunday's 11:00 service,(I can't see getting up at 7:30 on a Sunday. It is supposed to be a day of rest and relaxation) was about Hip-Hop. I have some of the same views about the music I grew up listening to. I feel like Chris Rock when he said, "I love rap music, but I am tired of defending it". My opinion is this... The garbage that is being passed off today as Hip-Hop is not what I remember listening to as a teen. Rap and Hip-Hop is, in my opinion, two different kinds of music. Hip-Hop is what I grew up on. Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rapp Public Enemy, KRS1, etc,etc are all Hip-Hop. Snoop Dogg, 50 cent, Lil Flip,Yung Jezzy, and all the other "Young's" and "Little's", are rap music. The difference is this... Hip-Hop had a message. Hip-Hop painted a picture about what it was like being black in America. Hip-Hop told stories about being desperate and angry in this "land of plenty". Hip-Hop let the world know that we as black people in America was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Hip-Hop made me feel proud of who and what I was.
Rap on the other hand is degrading to me as a black man. It is degrading to black women. It is degrading to black people the world over. What is so cool about selling drugs in the community where your mother and grandmother live? What is so cool about being a pimp? Who in my definition, is a little boy that calls himself a man, but is not man enough to get a job to protect and provide for his woman, so he puts her on a corner in one of the most dangerous parts of any city, to be subjected to all kinds of abuse, physical and emotional, so she can sell the most important thing she will ever own, (her body),to make money to support his sorry ass? What is so cool about gang-banging? How many songs can be made about your 24 inch rims? Or your chain hanging to your nuts? How many videos can be made with scenes of some punk walking slow motion through a club? Or rapping behind jail bars? Or sitting in VIP surrounded by half naked White, Latin or Asian women? Since when was going to jail cool? I am sick of all this shit. Even though I still listen to some "rap" I am getting to the point to where I cannot stand it. Rap music is glorifying the language of our oppressors, and I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!! I am tired of hearing Nigga this and Nigga that in every rap lyric.
If the saying is true that you can tell a lot about a person by the type of music they listen too, it tells me that we as a people are in deep trouble. We are the only race of people that glorifies everything that is negative about our race. It makes no sense to me. 50 Cent said that rap is a mirror of his reality. Well, to take a little of what the Rev Al Sharpton said... The only purpose of a mirror is too correct what you see wrong in the mirror. For example... If you look in the mirror and you see that you have a bugger in your nose, you clean it out. If you look in the mirror and see that you have a spot on your shirt you change shirts. If you look in the mirror and see that you need a haircut, you make a trip to the barber. The whole purpose of a mirror is to leave it looking better than when you left it. So maybe the reality 50 cent is referring to is the reality of his Conn. mansion because it cannot be the "hood" he is forever talking about.
One last thing before I finish my first post. Emimem was asked once if he let his daughter listen to his music. His reply was no! My question is this... If his music is not good enough for his on daughter, why in the hell is his record label marketing it and trying to sell it to mine?