How To Enjoy Rap Music - A Few TipsPosted by Jam Addict Staff
This article will give some tips for enjoying rap music without becoming racist. Donald Trump has been in the news a lot recently, but no one really likes Donald Trump.
The thing is, if you think about what a world Trump would like, you’ll think we’re living in a racist, homophobic dystopia. No thanks.
If you want to laugh at Trump, try this rap video called ‘Donald Trump is a racist, a sexist, a transphobic, a homophobe, an xenophobe and a islamaphobe,’ by Schott.
Everyone hates rap music, right? As part of the Telegraph’s Why I Hate Rap Month, we’ve decided to explain the thing people are going to hate the most.
Rap is stereo-typically associated with black people, because there aren’t many rap artists who aren’t black
In 2017 there are many black artists, but on this list we’re going to focus on one of the best: Kendrick Lamar.
He has an incredible and diverse record, and is known for his rich storytelling. For some reason, white people don’t really get him.
You might be thinking that’s fair enough, because how could he have so much political context if he’s from a different race to white people?
Well, the internet says that Kendrick is just a fake black person. He’s ‘literally too white to be black’.
This seems like a weird way to read a quote about how his music is about politics.
In his song ‘Alright’, Kendrick says: “I’m just trying to let my people know how it feels to be an African American right now.”
Here, Kendrick is addressing the US-instigated genocide of black people and his sadness that they don’t have basic human rights. He might be ‘too white to be black’, but you shouldn’t be too racist to enjoy this incredible music.
He has this to say:
To be the king or to be the slave, you take what you want/You don’t really give a fuck if you bleed red or blue
And he raps about needing to kill white men. ‘I’m out here killing men, everybody holding up their fingers’.
That last line is where it all goes wrong. You’re a monster.
What is rap music?
The word rap is often used to describe any music that describes street life, which tends to be low-brow and confrontational.
The basic meaning of the word is "rhyme". It is often spoken over a rhythmic, fast-paced beat, and is sung.
Rap music began to get popular in the 1970s and 1980s, and is usually associated with southern and central US culture.
In the 1990s, US rappers such as the Notorious BIG, Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, Nas, Big Daddy Kane and Snoop Dogg became mainstream stars.
Many of these artists, though not all, referred to their music as "rap", but not all hip hop is rap. It can also refer to other styles of music, such as DJing, that are often associated with hip-hop music.
Hip-hop is primarily a style of music, but some rappers also use the term "gangsta" to describe their music.
Gangsta rap has elements of rap, but it also reflects a poor, delinquent lifestyle. It was first used in the 1980s, when some rappers associated themselves with the Crips and the Bloods, two US street gangs.
It has become a mainstream form of music, and can be found in both mainstream and underground music. Rap music has influenced musical genres such as alternative, rock and metal, post-grunge and jazz.
You can find out more about how to enjoy rap music, such as whether it is right for you or whether you will enjoy it, by listening to this podcast about rap music.
If you enjoy rap music, but aren't sure how to approach it, read this guide to music and where you are from.
If you enjoy rap music, here are a few more songs to listen to, and some artists to keep an eye out for
1. ‘Good Kid, M.A.A.D City’ by Kendrick Lamar
‘Fuck Donald Trump, and fuck the whole racist system’
2. ‘P***y’ by Drake
‘[It’s] ’cause they always been fuckin’ up for me, nigga, ’cause they don’t like me cuz I’m from the hood’
3. ‘American Boy’ by The Weeknd
‘Girl get my life, ain’t gonna lie, nigga, I got a big dick, what’s your problem’
4. ‘Look Alive’ by Future
‘Big homie, a black-on-black crime, man, they never get no PR’
This is taken from a track on Future’s recent album
5. ‘Money Trees’ by Travis Scott
‘She got Trump’s f***ing nails, she put his white ass in a pair of Timberlands’
This is taken from a track on Travis’s album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
6. ‘Blow a Check’ by the Black Eyed Peas
‘When he tells me I got money, he let me blow a check on his clothes’
7. ‘Frontin’ by Meek Mill
‘Black man is the new n***a, that’s our president’
8. ‘Uptown Funk’ by Mark Ronson
‘Because I’m feeling down, I keep me locked and loaded.’
9. ‘Damn’ by Kendrick Lamar
‘Boy, I’m on my knees, lost for words/ Girl, the way we giving each other that look, she say, you told her you love her/ I can’t even deny her, I gave her everything she asked for’
This is taken from his recent album Damn.
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