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Why do you like rap music?

Asked by goldilocks2394 (102 points ) November 30th, 2008 from iPhone

Personally, I don’t care for rap music, and I’m wondering what people hear in it that I’m not hearing!

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chicadelplaya's avatar

Well, I only care for some of it. The stuff I do like makes me want to get up and dance. So that’s why I like it.

aanuszek1's avatar

“Rap music” is an oxymoron.

Unless we’re talking about actually music, like The Sugarhill Gang”. That was music. Not any of this stupid Soldja Boy crap that only invokes violence and gangs into today’s society.

Elumas's avatar

Meh rap music is obnoxious.

TheKitchenSink's avatar

Vast majority of it is shit, but some of it is really awesome. Most of the time it’s just because it’s so funny how obscene/violent the lyrics are for no good reason.

Magnus's avatar

I hear rap music you’re probably not hearing. Try J Dilla, Mos Def or Talib Kweli.

NO good rap on the radio if that’s where you’re looking.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I used to think all rap music was horrible. Then i realized its just all popular rap music is shit. There is some great rap out there, you just have to look for it.
Example
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
YT Cracker
mc chris
Method Man and Redman
Wu Tang Clan

omph's avatar

I like hip-hop. Like every genre there is good and bad. I like Jurassic 5 and Sage Francis and I think 50 cent is garbage.

I also hate Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, and Celine Dion.

Magnus's avatar

Hip-hop is the only genre you can easily define good and bad quality in, in an objective manner.

JoeyDesignsStuff's avatar

Most of it is completely artless. But the well-made stuff makes me feel good, like any other form of good music. Don’t know why, it just does. And I guess, academically, I think it’s entertaining how seriously rappers can take the most ridiculous stuff. We toss popular rap language around the office all the time for fun.

This J Dilla guy is really good.

buster's avatar

I think learning different slang words for all kinds of things is really neat. Rap music has introduced all kinds of words and phrases that a lot of people use in everyday language. Everybody started calling weed indo after Snoop Dogg sang “Rollin down the street smoking indo sippin on gin and juice.”

TitsMcGhee's avatar

I like all kinds of rap, be it the old school stuff of the 80’s, the gangsta rap of the 90’s, or the club-type rap that is more hip hop. Most of it is just fun to listen to, dance to, whatever. It’s also really good for when you’re angry or excited. Most of it, lyrics wise, is pretty funny too, some of it you just can’t take too seriously. There is artful rap, to everyone who says there is no “music” in it; I’d like to see some of those people compose words the way some rap artists do.

If you’re looking for rap that isn’t going to be played on Top 40 radio, try:
Blackalicious
Busdriver
Aesop Rock
A Tribe Called Quest
Danger Doom
Astronautilis
The Roots
Black Milk
Dilated Peoples
The Cool Kids
Arrested Development
Cypress Hill
Talib Kweli
Deltron 3030

chicadelplaya's avatar

I really like The Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, The Fugees, MC Solaar, and N.W.A..

chelseababyy's avatar

Lurve for magnus as usual, and titsmcghee for saying Aesop, and I’ll say this once more…

Underground Hip-Hop > rap

chelseababyy's avatar

Atmosphere
Felt
Murs
Nujabes
POS
Sage Francis
Common
J Dilla
Onebelo
Eyedea and Abilities
Aesop Rock
Brother Ali
Living Legends
Talib
And Musiq for more of an r&b feel

None of that lil Wayne shit. NONE!!!!!!

chelseababyy's avatar

I will even give you song names if you so wish.

shadling21's avatar

For some reason, the rap music that gets radio play is usually crap.

If you weren’t raised listening to rap music, it may take some getting used to. People who are avid fans of rap are usually looking for interesting lyricism, lyrics, and beats.

A lot of people are opposed to the topics covered by rap artists. I assure you, there is a wide range of topics covered, so to assume that all rap music is about the same stuff is silly. Of course, sex and drugs and rock and roll hip hop are the topics that sell the most, so songs about those topics get played on the radio most often. But there is plenty of lyrically rich (socially conscious, introspective, etc) rap out there, if you’re looking for some more deep lyrics.

I encourage anyone who has little tolerance for rap music to check out some of the artists named above. If you still don’t like what you hear, at least you’re able to more fully understand what the fans value by noticing the patterns in the music.

A lot of the music is strongly influenced by older rap music, so anyone trying to understand the genre should probably read up on the progenitors of hip hop.

omph's avatar

Sorry.. But Hip-hop isn’t alone when it come to shitty lyrics.

Swingin’ on the front porch
Swingin’ on the lawn
Swingin’ where we want
‘Cause there ain’t nobody home
Swingin’ to the left
And swingin’ to the right
If I think about baseball
I’ll swing all night yea
Swingin’ in the living room
Swingin’ in the kitchen
Most folks don’t ‘cause
They’re too busy bitchin’
Swingin’ in there ‘cause
She wanted me to feed her
So I mixed up the batter
And she licked the beater
I scream you scream
We all scream for her
Don’t even try ‘cause
You can’t ignore her
She’s my cherry pie
Cool drink of water
Such a sweet surprise
Tastes so good
Make a grown man cry
Sweet cherry pie oh yea
She’s my cherry pie
Put a smile on your face
Ten miles wide
Looks so good
Bring a tear to your eye
Sweet cherry pie
Swingin’ to the drums
Swingin’ to guitar
Swingin’ to the bass
In the back of my car
Ain’t got money
Ain’t got no gas
But we’ll get where
We’re goin’ if we
Swing real fast
I scream you scream
We all scream for her
Don’t even try ‘cause
You can’t ignore her
Swing it! All night long,
Swing it!
Swing in the bathroom
Swingin’ on the floor
Swingin’ so hard
We forgot to lock the door
In walks her daddy
Standin’ six foot four
He said you ain’t gonna swing
With my daughter no more
She’s my cherry pie
Cool drink of water
Such a sweet surprise
Tastes so good
Make a grown man cry
Sweet cherry pie oh yea
She’s my cherry pie
Put a smile on your face
Ten miles wide
Looks so good
Bring a tear to your eye
Sweet cherry pie
Sweet cherry pie

chelseababyy's avatar

Rap and Hip-Hop are differernt things, just give a listen

chelseababyy's avatar

Yes they are. But they’re really different. And I’m talking about more underground hiphop, not mainstream. Especially listening to anything from Rhyme Sayers. I think we’re fortunate to have artists like them.. Not talking about bitches, hoes, and 22’s all the time.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Well played, omph, well played.

And chelseababyy – I happen to be a big fan of bitches, hos, and 22’s (although I would rather be riding on some 26’s, but you know, personal preference). I have no problem listening to people rap about them.

chelseababyy's avatar

It’s just the fact (TO ME ATLEAST) that bitches, hoes and 22’s get boring after a while. And a lot of mainstream stuff just seems repetitive to me.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

True story. It’s always fun to dance to when you’re just having a wtfever moment, because bitches really ain’t shit but hos and tricks.

chelseababyy's avatar

Lick on these nuts and suck the dick.

LOL I HAVE TO ADMIT, I like that song, but the Ben Folds version.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Those are some classy ass lyrics, no lie.

I especially like how Ben Folds get so emotional with “I uncock my shit; I’m heartbroke.”

Speaking of bitches though, A Bitch is a Bitch is also a really good song.

And if you like Ben Folds Version of Bitches Ain’t Shit, you should hear Nina Gordon’s version of Straight Outta Compton.

chelseababyy's avatar

Haha, I will definitely check that out.

And if you havent already seen it..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjNNxnKVEpQ

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Haha, that asian chick and that white guy cracked me up.

… and now I’m watching Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger…. a capella…

look what you’ve done to me!

El_Cadejo's avatar

@chelseababby Gin and Juice :)

chelseababyy's avatar

I know.. It’s amazing. Esp when the one dude says ‘SLUT’

a capella is good stuff :D

90s_kid's avatar

i like old school 90’s or anything from the 90’s

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Blackberry's avatar

Because there is great rap:

You bust lead? So do I.
Except mine impregnates the page giving birth to thoughts that unify
You fuck little girls. I make love to women
My words uplift, yours are poisonous like venom
Im an M.C. Youre a rapper
Im as real as they come,
while half the guys you idolize are just actors
You run from commitment I remain loyal
You call women bitches. I call them queens because they’re royal
You make rap songs I make soul music!
When god speaks through rhythm will you go to it?
I save my cash, yours, you blow through it
I say your childs special you say hes so stupid
Im pouring my heart out in everything written
You’re scared you’ll look soft, heart remains hidden
On touchy subjects nerves I stay hittin’
I aint better than you I just think different

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