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04-15-2011, 01:37 PM
Today I look at how people may have different preferences in hip hop but there's no reason for us to hate on each other when we are all fans of the same genre


We all love hip hop. Whether it’s the biggest part of our lives or just a little slice, everyone (assumably) on this site, reading this, is a fan of rap. So we all know that being a fan of hip hop isn’t fun sometimes. With the constant ridicule by the media, certain classes of society, as well as some of our own peers, being a fan of hip hop means constantly defending your choice to listen to music that, according to some (http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/04/ashley_judd_apologizes_for_cal.html), only promotes violence and degradation of women. So why is it that when the entire world is against something we know is about love and knowledge, we still decide to turn against each other to argue about which kind of rap is the right kind of rap?

Recently I purchased (yes, purchased, and you should too) Shade Cobain’s incredible album Cobainish Theory (http://themfightingwords.tumblr.com/post/4545362435/shade-cobain-them-fighting-words-presents-cobainish), a masterpiece of Madlib-caliber production. If you are a fan of the classic boom bap sound then Shade’s beats are the best in hip hop right now. After playing through the blunted sounds of Shade next up on my playlist was Waka Flocka’s newest mixtape Benjamin Flocka (http://www.datpiff.com/Waka-Flocka-Benjamin-Flocka-mixtape.218773.html). Now I’d be willing to bet that 99% of the people who bought Cobainish Theory (http://themfightingwords.tumblr.com/post/4545362435/shade-cobain-them-fighting-words-presents-cobainish) would have something negative to say about my love of Flocka’s music. By the same token I’d figure most Flocka fans wouldn’t really be into the underground “real hip hop” sounds of Shade Cobain. For a genre of music so heavily critiqued by the outside world you’d think the people inside would have a little more unity.

All of us hip hop fans are given shit by non-rap fans who don’t consider hip hop to be music, call it “retards attempting poetry” or say “it’s just missing the ‘c’ at the beginning” or some other ignorant comments about this art form we love so much. To go even further, the backpackers are always trying to convince some 18 year old mainstream fan that “real” hip hop is that underground dictionary rap with quadruple entendres and multi-syllabic rhymes and metaphors. Those same backpackers are met with “fuck that I just want some shit that bumps in my whip, fuck that lyrical accountant nonsensical rap”. We fighting with each other over shit we all love simply because some of us love different qualities in the same genre of music. I don’t see country fans fighting with each other about whoever they listen to, yeah some rock fans do but rock is accepted in mainstream society, rap is still disapproved of. So to make matters worse when we do convince people to open their minds and accept hip hop, we immediately then hit them with “yeah but fuck THAT rap over THERE, only THIS shit is REAL hip hop”. In the end it’s all part of hip hop, whether it’s from studying music over the years and putting together a project filled with incredible samples and neck breaking drums, or whether it’s recognizing that the hustle of rapping about what you’re living can make you money and get you and your family out of the hood, which I think everyone would agree is the goal of those who have been unfortunate enough to live in such situations.

I’m not saying you have to like Flocka’s music, or that you listening to hip hop has to include taking notes and doing research to understand what you’re hearing, but why hate on someone just because their preference of hip hop is different from yours? Some people like going to clubs while others like to chill out and puff trees, some like to chuck bottles and others like to seduce females, but they all love hip hop, so we should just be happy that we have so many peers who accept this genre of music the way we do, even if their acceptance is through gunz ‘n butta instead of blunts and beats. It’s all hip hop, in its essence, for real.

Mic Tyson
04-15-2011, 03:05 PM
wow i never thought about not hating on other rappers just because i don't like their music

04-15-2011, 03:19 PM
go hang yourself you faggot, your articles are shit.

04-16-2011, 02:32 PM
wow i never thought about not hating on other rappers just because i don't like their music

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