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Ignorant Rap, And Why It’s Needed

Keep it real; we all like at least one ignorant rap song in our lives. As much as I’m entranced by the everyman lyrics of artists whose songs I can relate to, I can also appreciate some nignorant battle calls backed by some bass-heavy, trunk-rattling backdrop and accompanied by some random woman with low morals and high heels in its music video.

Would hip hop be “better” if there was only positive music? Perhaps. But the average human mind isn’t exactly pure to begin with. While some of us would die for our own mothers and sisters, in the same breath we’ll lust after some exaggeratedly shaped woman we see on the street. Some of us may never join a gang or run a drug emporium, but we’ll enjoy the hell out of crack-infused lyrical assaults. For every 2Pac lyric praising the woman, there was an equally scathing a verse about sexually dominating them as well. Back when I used to go to church I found myself thinking about sexing one of the fellow attendees way more than I should have been. And I know I’m not the only one who’s done that.

Men and women are both sanctimonious persons, and suffice to say the music we mentally ingest is an aural representation of said hypocrisies. There is an over emphasis on extreme violence, rampant drug use and the misogynistic and misandry within the communities in today’s mass-promoted music, but I know I’m not the only one who can recite “Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)” as if it were the final question in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Rather than trying to fight it with ass-backward online rants and fake funerals, more people should accept it and try to work on incorporating more humane music into their works.

I mean, the Internets can’t work forever. Or can it?

Ignorant rap is about as commonplace in hip hop as there are grease-laden fried chicken fast food spots in the hood. Rather than vilify all of them, so-called purists should at least acknowledge that play their own respective position in rap, albeit poorly at times. If Patti LaBelle of all people can say she likes the BET Uncut classic from Black Jesus, the effervescent “What That Thang Smell Like,” then somehow that brand of ignorant fuckery of the lowest common denominator is working.

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