So you think rap is the most useless music there is. Just a bunch of noises tied together with someone basically just talking in the background. Then you really have no clue what rap really is. While I would have to agree that some rap is not good, the same can be said for any music genre out there. There is good and bad music. I like Rap, it is not my favorite type of music, but it is up there close to Dance, Alternative and Latin.
What I like the most about Rap and I think most people that are closed minded about it never get to experience is the poetry behind it. Take TuPac for example, if you look at his work like poetry and not Rap, you can really understand his message and see his genius.
From the Song Changes
and still I see no changes, can’t a brother get a little peace?
there’s war on the streets
and the war in the Middle East
instead of war on poverty
When you look beyond the negative words, at times used in rap, and really get into the message, you can learn a lot about a culture that seems so foreign and yet it has been grown in our own land. I am not saying that there is a huge musical merit to all rap, but there should be recognition of it as a true form of art. I listen to rock sometimes and hear 3 cords being played over and over, and that is not even to mention the bad drums, then someone says that a rap song is not really music because it is the same harmony playing over and over. How closed minded some people are baffles me.
As a form of expression rap is very powerful. It has allowed a lot of people to have a voice. Listening to rap would not make you an expert on Black culture, nor will it truly connect you in any way, but it is a window that you can look through at times. Be mindful though, that some of the messages are not positive. The disrespect to woman bothers me quite a bit, but it is all about knowing what to digest and what to leave on the plate.
I am not saying that we should all like rap, I am simply stating that it should not be completely dismissed, because like food, a little ethnicity does not hurt anyone.