Friday, August 31, 2007

Wyclef and Prostitutes

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I often find myself in a quandry when it comes to rappers.

I know that they are "just" emcees.

However, I expect a lot from them, especially the ones that know better.

I also know that capitalism and power is seductive and that it is far more
convenient to make music that makes people dance
than to make music that makes them think.

Can you f*cking believe that there was a time when we had both?

These things came to mind while I was watching the new Wyclef video
and noticing the statistics about teen prostitution interspersed
throughout.

Damned if he do, damned if it do, hunh?

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What do you think about "political hip hop".

Should rappers be able to live
or do they have an obligation as artists to the public?

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6 comments:

The Minority Reporter said...

"However, I expect a lot from them, especially the ones that know better"

I think that's an unfair standard to hold someone too. You know I'm in constant conflict with my personal/political ish so when you ask this about rappers it makes me takes internal inventory of my Black Fem. stance...yeah i know I Know better...but sometimes it be like that.

"Should rappers be able to live
or do they have an obligation as artists to the public?"

I don't know, how does this relate to how you feel about Lauryn Hill?

M.Dot. said...

First of all you are a f*ck wad.

Each Post is its OWN SEPERATE UNIVERSE.

^^^^GOt the audacity to hold me to my OWN statements.

WHY I OUTTAAA***HOLDS up elbow like in elementary.
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You know I'm in constant conflict with my personal/political ish so when you ask this about rappers it makes me takes internal inventory of my Black Fem.
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Good. You SHOULD be taking inventory.

Some rappers, are like kids,some no better some don't.

Some are going to be respectful, receptive and thoughtful, some arn't.

The ones that are, are held to a higher standard. Otherwise it would constitute beating a dead horse.
I rationale is that it makes more sense and is a prudent usage of time to look at it this way.

"Should rappers be able to live
or do they have an obligation as artists to the public?"
I don't know, how does this relate to how you feel about Lauryn Hill?
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Are you trying to make my internet go hood/nuts?
LOL.

Its plain and simple how this relates to L.

In my book she can do what she wants and pretty much get a pass BECAUSE of the impact that her MUSIC and artistry has had on hip hop and music listeners in general.
AND.
Because of societies schizophrenic view towards mommas that continue to work outside of the home while working to raise their babies, L is a poster momma/lady for the ridicule that momma/ladies may be subjected to.
And she ain't make the MOST healthy choices when it came to choosing a partner.

But show me a GROWN man or lady and I will show you someone who made a fucked up partner choice.
Smell me.

T DOT said...

I know that they are "just" emcees.
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Woooooooooooooo (c) Ric Flair

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it is far more
convenient to make music that makes people dance
than to make music that makes them think.
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I remember when DMX made his rounds and you KNEW his shit was going #1. Word to Slippin'.(That's on some Guinness World Record shit right?) The last time I felt that same way was when Nas dropped Hip Hop Is Dead, knowing substance is going over well with the masses. That's why I half-smirked when I heard Talib got down with Timberlake, kinda giving himself a vehicle to reach that demographic of pop/dance/rap-drunk kids AND debuted at #2. Same with when I hear BE, And it being Kanye-affiliated, giving listening opportunities of when Pops GOES IN to people wouldn't normally hear something like that day to day.

It's all about enlightening the next generation, so that music like that can continue to surface and provide balance.

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Can you f*cking believe that there was a time when we had both?

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That's why I appreciate Kanye's newest lower-to-middle class targeted 16s. It's not condescending.

Sometimes acknowledgment is better than being talked down to.

M.Dot. said...

That's why I appreciate Kanye's newest lower-to-middle class targeted 16s. It's not condescending.
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I need to hear this sh*t.

neo said...

Rappers are human beings. Conflicted, have flaws, can change their minds at any given sec, I think ppl need to take that into account as well...but sometimes us emcees be coppin' mad pleas.

If we truly maintain to speak from the heart or the real then why can't we just attempt to really keep it trill at all times? Or at least most?

M.Dot. said...

the real then why can't we just attempt to really keep it trill at all times
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Because pressure causes us to comprise.

Senator Craig Anyone?

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