I have been a big fan of Hip-Hop music and culture for most of my life. For as long as I can remember, Hip-Hop has always been a constant.
As a kid, I preferred it over cartoons. Some would frown upon a young kid being allowed to listen to the music I was allowed to hear while growing up.
The lyrics were explicit, but my parents saw how much I enjoyed the music. They never took it away from me. The stuff I listened to never influenced me in a bad way. Only in good ways.
I wasn’t one of those easily impressionable kids. As young as I was, I was still able to understand everything I was hearing wasn’t true, but rather just for my enjoyment.
Hip-Hop gets a bad rap because of its lyrical content. People tend to blame the music whenever a kid says Hip-Hop “made” him do something, or because a kid posts lyrics to an Eminem song or something along those lines.
I don’t think spoken words said by an artist should be basis for censorship or getting an artist in trouble. Music shouldn’t be used as a scapegoat. Nobody is perfect, and you can’t pinpoint exactly how much these artists and lyrics may impact people who take them literally.
This problem will probably never be solved, but we could at least acknowledge that it’s possible to be a fan of the Hip-Hop culture, and that it can be used positively.
When I listen to a song, I listen to enhance my mood or make myself happy. A lot of it can be very “hardcore” in nature. I use it as pure entertainment and I enjoy it.
Lately, I’ve been more into the positive feeling music gives me instead of the lyrical content. Everybody has different ways to enjoy the things they like. It should be more about the enjoyment.
That’s how I’ve always felt. I’ll continue to spread these words with anyone willing to discuss Hip-Hop music and culture with me.