I've been waiting on some inspiration for this post, anything you do in life you should do 100%+. I care more about cheating myself then you guys I'll be honest, but you were thought of so this wasn't "Lyrical Masturbartion" (AJakaPM.Bandcamp.com if you wanna know what I mean damn I'm on fire with plugs today)
Anyways on to those post yeah? Being classically trained, I get ALOT of shit from other classically trained musicians because I like rap. They say someone forgot to put the C in front of it cause thats what it is. And honestly I really cant blame them. Our standards for what is good music have decreased DRAMATICALLY over these last decades. We have a new generation with all the tools and opportunity but know history.Know knowledge on the classics. Blind leading the blind is the term? Fortunately I can see thank God. So I'm gunna give my opinion on the matter.
With the acronym R.A.P you have two different things. Mental and Spiritual (R)ape with (A) (P)en and beautiful enlightening (R)hythm (A)nd (P)oetry. Artists who are conscious about global affairs or spiritual divinity take knowledge, give it poetic form, fuse (key word FUSE not make it fit) it with rhythm, add voice tonality for emotional effect, decreshando and creshando (get softer and get louder), accent, and merge all of these things along side instrumentation, or sometimes without it to create a link to their mind and ut you within their world so you can see what they see, feel what they feel and think about what puzzles them. On top of that, some are gifted enough to spontaneously improvise just like jazz musicians pulling solely on their emotions, thoughts, facts,opinions, and life experiences. Last time I checked that fits the description of art to a T.
Now I understand that musicians have to eat to and at the end of the day thats what they make this music for. Im founded in the old school Jazz musician notion where if you dont play you dont eat so believe me I get it. However...when you all your music about money, violence, sex, alcohol, and ego stroking...well I gotta cut the line there. You wont find these rapists on meganslaw, but rest assured they ARE getting inside your soul and mind if you support them. I won't post pictures of these guys cause frankly it isn't worth the energy i use to double click.
Some offenders include Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Soulja Boy, 95% Of rappers in the game now aday, and a whole lot of other fucks i won't waste time writing about. I understand you gotta get paid, but stop getting paid off of other people's expenses. Music is powerful. Some people live their lives by it. If someone gets caught up in the chase of ill gotten goods because of your music and holds it as an idol and harm comes to them, you played a part. Freewill (see my freewill section) is defiantly a factor, but at the end of the day, you were involved in them being led astray.
Moral of this post, listen to any music that is obviously heart felt, well done, with good intentions. And whatever you do....PLEASE don't get in the habit of making excuses. Not for yourself or anyone else...thats how you get shitted on and that's real.
Here's an example of what I'm talking about.