mainstream-rap

I feel like hip hop culture is destroying our community. I love rap/hip hop music as much as the next person, but y'all have to admit, mainstream rap is incredibly toxic. It’s all about degrading/disrespecting women, violence, drugs, hyper masculinity, and teaching people especially black youth that being “gangsta” is cool. I know not all rap music is bad, and we have some conscious rappers today such as J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. However, most rappers are the Lil Uzi/Future/21 Savage types. Not only is their music trash (in my opinion), but it continues to convince people that all the things I mentioned above are okay because many black kids look up to them. Why can’t we have more positive rap songs like Keep Ya Head Up by Tupac? Why do they all have to have the same tiring themes? A lot of these young black men/boys think its okay to go around calling women “bitches” and “hoes” and acting a fool because their favorite rappers do it and preach about it. I’m so tired of it.

Kris Wu x SE Weekly Interview (May 2017)

Singer, actor, and “little sun” of variety programs…
Kris Wu
“I have always been myself”

“I would not stop myself from doing something just because my fans do not like it”

In real life, are you someone with a hip hop style?
Yes, I have always liked hip hop. However when it comes to wearing outfits, it depends. When I was young, I would wear extremely oversized pants and tops, because at that time that was the fashion style of rappers, but right now [their style has evolved to] something which incorporates many elements. For example, in the past, you may think that wearing a leather jacket would be of a rock n roll style, and wearing tees would be of a hip hop style. But right now, there isn’t that much of a clear distinction.

You have mentioned before that you have an R&B soul, could you explain this statement?
Hahaha, actually I was half-joking. What I meant was that I really loved this genre of music, really liked the culture, and perhaps I felt that it really suits me, suits my taste. While making this genre of music I feel like a fish in water, because in a very short period of time, I am able to produce many works which I feel are OK.

Many people feel that hip hop culture has a sense of rebelliousness and anger towards it. Do you have a rebellious heart right now? Do you also require such an outlet of expression?
I feel that being rebellious is alright, in a sense that one will express themself in a more direct manner. However there is one point that I would like to reiterate, [which is that] many people have a misconception towards hip hop, they feel that hip hop is very aggressive and also a little noisy, and that it has a slightly negative feel to it, but in fact this is not the case. This is just merely one type of style, which has actually never really became mainstream. Many times, singing rap songs has the feel of reading a poem, it’s all about having a rhythm, and expressing the many beautiful phrases and meaningful stories which are in it. The general audience has to give hip hop music another chance, and this would require the combined efforts of many people.

Will you write a song for one person or a group of people?
Currently not yet, but because I am participating in this show (<Rap of China>), I would definitely personally write a song for the contestants, my team whom I have selected.

This year you have participated in many variety TV programs, do you think that your variety TV skills have increased?
No, I have always been myself.

Earlier on you mentioned that hip hop has a smaller audience. Would you be worried that your fans would not like it?
Absolutely not, because I really love this culture, not only just the music. The reason it is not mainstream is because many people have misconceptions about hip hop culture. If they are fans who like me, I too hope that they will be able to like this culture and genre of music. Conversely, I would not stop myself from doing something just because my fans do not like it. This is something which will not make me happy.


Favourite lyrics of your own songs?
Can’t think of any at the moment, there are too many, perhaps one or two lines from every song

Favourite singer?
I guess it’s still Drake

Favourite actor?
Leonardo DiCaprio

What do you think is your best feature?
My whole being is good looking

Even if you are dieting, what is one food item you have to consume?
Rice!

Where is place that one most likely to bump into you?
Basketball court

What is your usual method of de-stressing?
Listen to music, play video games at home

If you were to have a superpower, what ability would you most wish to acquire?
Flight

Why?
I feel that there would be a lot of freedom, I can fly anywhere

Most cute/winsome words you wish to tell fans?
None~

translation: @wu_yi_fan

J. Cole, the Platinum Rap Dissident, Steps Back From the Spotlight

RALEIGH, N.C. — Ask J. Cole about when he realized that the traditional life of a platinum rap star didn’t suit him and he’ll tell the story of the 2013 BET Awards, when a stylist dressed him in a loud Versace sweater that two other people ended up wearing on the red carpet. He’ll talk about meetings with label executives and personal heroes who encouraged him to make musical decisions that, deep down, he never felt comfortable with. He’ll recall an awakening to the potency of the love of the woman he’d been with for years. And he’ll remember his trip in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown to Ferguson, Mo., where the most valuable thing he found he could do was just to listen.

And so, a couple of years ago, after he’d released two platinum albums, he began to make changes. A move back down to this part of the country, not far from where he grew up, in Fayetteville. Meditation every day, or as often as he could manage. Marriage. A commitment to asking about the needs of others rather than only his own. And a decision to make music that spoke to his own creative and emotional idiosyncrasies, no matter how far it strayed from that of his hip-hop superstar generational peers.

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anonymous asked:

It is okay to make fun and diss American hip hop artists because they suck nowadays Korean hip hop is leagues in front of us. Those Kpop fans are justified in hating American Hip hop.. Stop getting upset it's not like Hiphop is only for America .. Americans are so ignorant

I mean you can not like the American Hip Hop artists..but to say the statement “Korean hip hop is leagues in front of us” is….too much. They’re doing the same stuff fam, it’s just in Korean not English? No one said that Hip Hop is only for America?????????? We only commented on how these fans loveeeee K-Hip Hop but condemn/make fun off/don’t like American Hip Hop which is l i t e r a l l y what most of KHH artists are imitating.

The only difference is race at that point. Nothing ignorant about it. 

Also I’d like to add on that just because the mainstream Hip Hop/Rap isn’t something you like, doesn’t mean it reflects on American Hip Hop/Rap as a whole. I’m not saying you have to like American Hip Hop or whatever either. 

-Admin Kim 

I am genuinely glad there’s a lot more room for weird or sort of vaguely (sometime very) gnc men in very mainstream rap, like a whole lot of different ways of navigating masculinity are all represented among male rappers. And of course I understand that yknow, dudes is the same for the most part, but it is good for boys to have not just one image of what “cool” guys can be and look like and act like. It’s very healthy for boys to see that they have options for who they can be and that there’s some room for them to just do what they like doing.

anonymous asked:

Was reading a pinned comment under ginno's reaction video to Jackson's "Papillion" and the comment at some point was like one can use an amazing flow to make nonsense or basic lyrics sound good, citing Joke as an example. I don't know if she's aware that Namjoon did that on purpose to prove a point but I hope she is. Lots of people try to use Joke to say that he's an untalented lyricist and that really bothers me. Afraid to ask her and maybe be attacked so I'm letting out my worries here, iydm.

yeah the point of joke is literally MOCKING that style.

I mean what is namjoon known for? he’s not the crazy fast rapper, he’s not the crazy beats, he’s not the catchy hooks, he’s not the sexy lyrics. he consistently has been the guy with deep thoughtful lyrics, with that beautiful delivery, with that genius fucking word play. his flow is always soooo good but he’s never been that “mainstream good” rapper.

and real rap fans know that doesn’t matter so they love him. but the issue is that he’s a KPOP idol, and kpop rap is based off of the “gimmick” of rap. and what is that? speed rapping, fire beats, sexy lyrics, hot hooks…. what namjoon isn’t really… he dabbles in it but it’s not really his label. so these fans were always dragging him for it. fake rap fans thinking he sucks for not having those traits in his music.

joke is literally making fun of them. like, hey look, I can rap faster and hotter than your favs and it ain’t even hard so shut up. it fucking rots my brain that ppl don’t even get this and actually ACTUALLY think that joke is just pointless. it’s a fucking diss to all the fans and amateur gimmick rappers that think they’re better than him. when you get that…. the track gets even hotter lmaooo

ID #10028

Name: Paula
Age: 18
Country: Germany 

Hey there! I’m Paula and I’m looking for email pals. I would love to send snail mail, but I’ll start traveling in a few months and will therefore constantly change location.

Interests: I love different cultures, religions and in general complex and controversial topics. I think the best character traits a human can have are tolerance and empathy.
You can talk to me about anything but I especially love conspiracy theories, SCIENCE, the universe, TRAVELLING, LANGUAGES (I’m fluent in English and German, and intermediate in French - aspiring polyglot though), cultural differences, sports, cool hairstyles (I love braids) etc…
(This could go on forever).

Hobbies: I love reading books of all genres and music (mainly Mainstream, Rap and Kpop (ARMY but I love all groups)). I like many shows but I’m in love with Game of Thrones. Addicted (Heroin) was great and I had to start reading the novel and now I’m “patiently” waiting for Advance Bravely. 

Preferences: I don’t care about gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity, religion etc. . I love interesting people so I’d love to get to know you! It would be cool if you are from South-East/East Europe, the Middle East or South-East/ East Asia because that is where I want to go when travelling and you can tell me how to not embarrass myself (PLEASE). But seriously, you can contact me no matter where you come from.

anonymous asked:

I love awkwafina and dumbfoundead I've never really been a fan of rap tho

Same. I really loved rap back in the day but once you start learning about systems of oppression and things like that, you start to see how hyper-masculine and misogynistic it is. It’s like men in the mainstream rap world are so fragile, they have to talk down to other men and treat women like sex objects just to boost their ego. When women enter the rap world, they emulate the men so they rap about misogynistic stuff too.

In my opinion, mainstream rap has become a culture of toxic masculinity and misogyny that constantly reinforces itself into toxic masculinity and misogyny regardless of who enters it. That’s why I only like politically-conscious rappers. Rather than perpetuating and contributing to systems of oppression, they address these issues. Nomi, a Filipino American, is personally one of my favorites and I believe that most if not all his songs are about social justice.

Angry Asian Guy

C: I do not hype up white girls for doing something that black women do in their sleep. i just don’t and I won’t. I remember when Nicki Minaj first started being heard on radio. She was extremely different because she was challenging so many gender norms. She was a very talented rapper, very sexually liberated, she sung, she spoke her mind, she was vibrant. And i remember how many people including black people shamed her. They called her ratchet, a hoe, “a bad example for black girls”. Her lyrics were “dirty” (for rapping what male rapper rap about, mind you). They only ever saw  her fat ass. Some calling it fake, some treating her like South Africa’s Hottentot. Se had to work reallyyyyy hard to be taken seriously. She made amazing tracks but undeniably, her verse in the song “Monster” was one of her best debuts into mainstream rap, as at that time, Kanye was poppiing and to be featured in his song was a cool and noticeable stepping stone in her career. Ad there is this video going around of Adele lip syncing to this verse in a car and EVERYBODY IS LOOSING THEIR SHIT. ‘Omg Adelle is SO COOL!“ “Adelle should rap!”. We are basically praising a white women for LIP SYNCING the verse of a black women who had to prove her worth to us and still does to this very day. The same goes for that Kendall Jenner video of her dancing to a rap song. I admire Adelle’s vocals, and I love Kendall’s modelling and aesthetic, but I would give a black person breaking barriers and climbing the entertainment corporate ladder all my praise before I ever considered acting thirsty and worshiping the shallow actions of a white culture vulture, because you know, the former is dealing with way more shit and overcoming way more that the latter ever will. And that’s facts. 

hamilton and “other rap music”

i keep seeing variations of this type of text post going around: “rap i listen to (hamilton lyrics) vs rap other people listen to (exaggerated mainstream rap), and it’s problematic. I’m not that person who’s constantly calling people out but this isn’t really justifiable and it’s hard to ignore. I’ve been a fan of theatre and hip hop/rap for years upon years and of course i knew Lin is a rap and hip hop fan and of course the day the music was released i listened to it on repeat 100 times, and i picked up on all the parallels and references to mainstream rap artists, from Eminem to older ones as well. So why exactly are you, with these text posts, belittling the music that the one you are saying is superior draws some inspiration from? but that’s not entirely the point of this argument. it’s racist. Rap, hip hop, and r&b are all hugely ingrained in black history and culture and saying you’re above people who listen to rap that is not hamilton (so the 99.9%) is indeed, pretentious too. What all of these posts have in common is the mainstream rap is described as “what you listen to: *fucking bitches, snorting coke, at the club…*” and yes, there is rap music with that kind of material, but it’s also in pop, and country, and indie, and any other genre, but this is what rap is known for, and i think you know why that rap is the only genre associated with this too. You see, rap is also deemed as “low culutre,” and theatre is deemed as “high culture,” i genuinely think that there would be a huge contrast to how the hamilton case is perceived if they were featured on a Big Sean, Jay Z, or Future song rather than on a Broadway stage

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Inspired by the wonderful #blackout on tumblr yesterday, I wanted to share some of my favorite black musicians.

Black people are often aggressively under-represented in underground music if it isn’t mainstream hip hop or rap.  It is up to us to support the ones who have had the courage to break the mold, and encourage diversity in our artistic communities.

Here are some of my favorites with links to videos.

1. Light Asylum

2. Zebra Katz

3. O Children

4. ESG

5. Angel Haze

6. Azari & III

7. Mykki Blanco

8. Twin Shadow

9. Actress

10. Mickey Lightfoot

These artists to me represent living proof that diversity in music & other underground artist communities is not only necessary but results in better art for everyone.