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Posted: 19 April 2014 12:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 76 ]
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I’m of the generation that completely grew up with hip-hop, but I have never been much of a fan - outside of some people like Cypress Hill or OutKast.......some of their stuff is Ok.

I do like the Trip hop genre, although that doesn’t use much rapping, just the hip hop style beats. IMO, Hip hop is just as much an art as any other popular music.

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Posted: 19 April 2014 01:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 77 ]
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As a Hollander I grew up with American music, but because I could not understand the words, I always concentrated on the music itself. I am sure this is why I drifted towards jazz, which emphasizes musicality and improvisation.

For me the problem with rap is that I don’t understand a word of the poetry and musically it has little merit.

Thus, I am sorry to say that in accordance with my signature, rap does not qualify as musical art.  I would classify it as rhythmical poetry, still an art form, but not music.

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Posted: 19 April 2014 02:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 78 ]
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@Write, I agree with your analysis that hip-hop is rhythm-driven music with much emphasis on the low end of the sound spectrum. However, as regards to it’s poetic content I disagree. If poetry is meant to be spoken and not read, nothing qualifies better than a rap lyric done right. Emcees that readily come to mind include Rahkim, Kool G Rap, Common, The Roots, Talib Kweli, Atmosphere, Sage Francis, etc. These are nothing short of modern day poets/musicians.

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Posted: 19 April 2014 04:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 79 ]
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mid atlantic - 19 April 2014 12:02 AM

I’m of the generation that completely grew up with hip-hop, but I have never been much of a fan - outside of some people like Cypress Hill or OutKast.......some of their stuff is Ok.

I do like the Trip hop genre, although that doesn’t use much rapping, just the hip hop style beats. IMO, Hip hop is just as much an art as any other popular music.

Yeah Outcast is cool, so too is Cypress Hill, however I think there is a whole world of other equally deserving if not superior rap artists to reckon with - both old and new school.

As for Trip-Hop, I bop to that music too. I’m glad you appreciate the fact that it is an offshoot of Hip-Hop. Another art form that is parallel to Hip-Hop is spoken word, particularly to the lyrical aspect of rap.

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