Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

White People And Rap

"Well-meaning white people who like violent rap music will argue against the notion that it inspires real-life violence among those who listen to it. I will argue this. But what are we to say when a black person says, 'Someone sees Waka and then kills Treyvon.' And we know that she sees Trayvon’s face on the TV news and can’t not see her own face in his, and thus see her own face in Chief Keef’s, because she believes, she knows, that much of her country sees, still sees, all black faces as the same. We want it to be different, us well-meaning white people. Maybe that’s even part of why we listen to rap music, or part of why we started to, anyway, because we want to do our best to make amends, to bridge the divide. We don’t want to be outsiders; we don’t want for there to be such a thing as outsiders. We want it to be different, but it’s not."
Is it ok for white music critics to like violent rap? Dave Bry ponders.

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dado (#102)

If a nilla knows the difference between hip-hop and rap, then yes.

LokoOno (#240,586)

Only if it uses jazz samples and complex rhyme schemes.

Amasa Amos (#9,654)

When a black person says, "Someone sees Waka and then kills Treyvon," you can rebut with this:
Unless Waka is now doing gay porn, in which case…

Niko Bellic (#1,312)

“Fence in your culture and see if it prospers.” Rap music is pop music; it has gotten too big, too broad, for people to try to guard its borders.

With the kind of "prosperity" rap got by "getting big" it doesn't need critics (white or otherwise). Just accountants.

All long as we all agree that it's no good for anyone to like ICP.

BadUncle (#153)

Far more troublesome: is it ok for anyone to like Robert Matthew Van Winkle?

Smedley T (#9,794)

Why does the imaginary black person in this scenario misspell Trayvon when the imaginary white person gets it right, Dave?

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