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Just leave your good rap here. Don't try too hard.
Duke Ellington once said "there are only two types of music, good and bad."
Duke Ellington also said that the reason he began playing piano was to impress girls. I don't blame him.
DISCLAIMER: This is a world where one is often forced to have a decisive mindset. I guess for myself, it's easy for succumb to severe depression if I don't form some truths for myself. What I am going to say below is not necessarily correct, and of course it is my opinion. However, it is the closest to the truth as I see it...and as I feel it. (although really truth...well I'll defer to Vonnegut and Kant on what truth is. Actually, I'll defer to BIG).
<b>Here's what you shouldn't leave here -> Backpack Rap<b>
- Rap, whose market is mostly snobby, young, and from affluence. These listeners typically spend their free time supporting human rights organizations while simultaneously gentrifying lower-class neighborhoods, namely in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
This particular market might prefer backpack rap over the more hardcore, gangsta rap because it seems to be conscious of social issues, and ignores popular mainstream topics (such as blunts, 40s, and bitches). In some cases, backpack rap mocks commercial rap.
Fans of backpack rap fail to realize that this kind of artsy rap will most likely never go down in history. The true innovators in rap are appreciated by the masses, because they made a difference - maybe we don't even fully understand the difference yet, and that's part of the reason why I love hard rap so much. It's recent, it is still relevant, highly musical, misunderstood, and yet extremely moving. It is pure emotion, or at least highly emotional, because I think some might argue there are many intellectual things going on...but forget all that...
When Bach introduced Baroque to the world, people did not respond well to it. The word "Baroque" was actually a derogatory word used to degrade music and art that was considered to be "too elaborate, rough, and broken."
When Louis Armstrong was inventing jazz improvisation and swing in the early 1920s, no one was taking him seriously.
These are just two small examples that have made it clear to me that the soul knows what good music is. The super-ego will try to tell you what music to listen to, but one's soul can't help but be stirred by raw emotion. (I apologize if I'm writing like a 2 year old, but I have no brain anymore...or well, I'm also tired. However, cerebral activity...well maybe that would help me a little bit in my professional life... oh well)
I believe that the most influential rappers are hard, and include men like Biggie, Tupac, The Wu-Tang Clan, and early Nas.
These rappers told stories, used unique musical inflections, and showed people the many sides and complexities of the hood, and the people within it. They also just let themselves be human beings, or at least that is my interpretation. They made life more interesting.
Backpack rappers often justify their music with overly artsy beats, and with flows that just...well, aren't happening...at least not nearly on the level of those mentioned above.
Biggie is the modern day Beethoven -> narrating almost as a third person observer. a dual character....
tupac had his own sense of dualism (for example, compare his personality in "keep your head up" to "hit em up")
ODB is like T.Monk, Stravinsky or even Jackson Pollack. He destroys boundaries with a pseudo-operatic style, all the while being aware of the lines he is crossing.
Read about these men...and their backgrounds.
I'm going to shut up now...Backpack rapping often seeks to rebel for rebellion's sake. It is most often very cheesy, and few, if any backpack rappers will go down in history.
This is of course just my small opinion, and I am a nobody. If you read this - well, thanks - I don't like talking shit.... did I just talk shit? anyways, just leave the good rap here - none of that artsy fartsy stuff.</i></i></b></b>