I've been trying to resist writing an entry like this, I really have...


Gen 21 2008, 0:09

...but people who ignorantly hate rap really do annoy me. Any blind reasoning for hating rap is just that - blind reasoning, and I don't bother arguing with people over it due to the fact that they won't changed their terrible opinions.

I will, however address one argument that I've taken interest in lately: that of sampling.

Recently I've started to look at sampling music in an entirely new light. People may say that it takes no talent to take a part of an old song and mix it in with a new song, but I'd really beg to differ - just look at any of the various mashup DJs producing music (Girl Talk's Night Ripper is a prime example). Any producer who can incorporate a sample into new material and make it sound good is a true music artist in my opinion, which leads me to believe that sampling really is a form of musical art.

Some examples of flawless sampling:

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton (samples Amen, Brother by The Winstons) - popularly known as the "Amen break")
De La Soul - The Magic Number (samples The Crunge by Led Zeppelin)
Kanye West - Stronger (samples Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk)
Eminem - Sing for the Moment (samples Dream On by Aerosmith - I feel that this one is done particularly well)
Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M. (samples As Long As I've Got You by The Charmels)

... and several others. These are just a few random mainstream songs that I could think of off the top of my head - I'm not really bothering to go too in depth with this.

I suppose it really comes down to a matter of opinion, but due to the recent appreciation I've gained for hip-hop music, sampling has really come to light as an art form for me - not necessarily a conventional or traditional one, but an art form nonetheless.

Also, a few more of my unpopular opinions:

- I believe that vocals are an instrument, and so is a computer or a drum machine. Saying that rap isn't music due to its lack of true musical instruments (a flawed argument within itself considering bands such as The Roots) is basically saying the same for Aphex Twin or Venetian Snares.
- Rapping takes a large amount of physical discipline - several, several, several rap songs compress a large amount of lyrics into a short amount of time (see artists such as Aesop Rock orGhostface), and it really does take a toll on your breath to say all of that with such a rapid pace - especially considering the extensive language that a lot of rappers use.
- Black people make better music than white people, and they've had more influence on music than white people have. This is really just an opinion, feel free to disagree with me on this.

This was written rather poorly, and I have a headache, but I was pretty bored so I decided to kill some time with this. Flame away!

P.S. Some more unpopular opinions I have:

- Radiohead is overrated, although I do think that OK Computer is one of the best albums of the 90s - I've never understood all the love for Kid A though.
- I really enjoy the following bands: My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park, Hawthorne Heights, and Panic! at the Disco. MCR in particular, they're one of my favorite bands of recent years. I can really start to see any similarities they have with Queen, and The Black Parade was a great album.
- Boston is the greatest band of all time.

An observation that I've made: Most of the people whom I've observed being ignorant and hateful about music primarily listen to metal. Nothing against metal as a genre (black metal is actually in my top five favorite music genres) or metal fans - it's just something that I've noticed.

That's it.


  • Dreagan_luna

    I have nothing against rap or hip hop music, their certainly not my favorite genres, but I hardly ever say a genre is bad. What I do reckon is that a lot of mainstream rap ends up covering 1 subject, being sex, drugs and money. Again, nothing bad with that, just don't do it every single you put out (I have the same opinion about other genres too). And about that sampling. I do enjoy good sampling, just not when it's done really, really, really.. bad.. A few days ago I woke up to a rap song, I think it was the wu-tan clan, incorporating the melody from While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles.. That was just awful, I was hurt, physically hurt, I actually wanted to extract my brains through my nose and put parts of it in my ears.. (what a wonderful morning that was..)

    Gen 21 2008, 21:10
  • 80sfraud

    Ha Ha Girl Talk is fucking terrabad.

    Gen 21 2008, 21:59
  • karlsson_666

    I bet that many of the rap haters only have heard stuff like 50 cent and other MTV-rappers, and thinks that is the only rap music. I should know because I was like that not so long ago. But as the people who likes rap knows there is more than just 50 cent in the rap genre.

    Gen 21 2008, 22:02
  • CovinS

    I agree that blind-genre hating is pretty lame. Unfortunately, it's evident everywhere and I think, to some degree, in everyone. I'll admit I'm pretty disposed against mainstream rap and mainstream country---but thankfully I'm not one of those black metal elitists that totally blocks it out. I enjoy Eminem, Dr. Dre, but I enjoy R & B a lot more (Sade, Aaliyah). My problem with mainstream rap ISN'T the vocals or the [lack of?] instrumentation........it's the lyrical aspect. It's belittling and very unintelligent. Anybody can hop onto rhymezone.com and pump a few out. THERE ARE talented rappers...but I can't stand the ones that fit the stereotype. Country on the other hand...only in this one Bjork song have I ever been able to stand a steel guitar. lol

    Gen 22 2008, 6:51
  • Dreagan_luna

    you should try Hank Williams III as a country musician.. outstanding country.

    Gen 22 2008, 18:19
  • InfiniteDoom

    I'll admit that I'm not big on country... it's probably the one genre that I listen to the least. I'm the kind of person who tends to consider things like Wilco and certain Weakerthans songs to be country just to seem more diverse. :p

    Gen 22 2008, 20:15
  • MrWinczakos

    bolton the greatest band of all time? that was funny.

    Gen 22 2008, 21:25
  • urholyarcticnes

    BOSTON \m/

    Gen 23 2008, 1:41
  • MrWinczakos

    ups I was drunk ^^

    Gen 23 2008, 8:40
  • Gowienczyk

    Hip-Hop is just shunned by the general audience (*coughdumbmetalheadscough*) because they can't grasp the concept of it at all. Musician's like k-os have always been key elements in my debates against the ignorant for such arguments.

    Gen 30 2008, 13:05
  • TearsAmongAshes

    Outstanding observations. I think I agree with everything you said except maybe the Boston comment. I went to San Francisco's Rock The Bells show in August and it was the most impressive lineup of hip-hop artists (emphasis on ARTISTS) that I've seen. And I'm a white kid and I had never been to a hip-hop show and the only reason I went was to see RATM, but daaamn, it was amazing. The people who talk shit about rap/hip-hop as a genre are willfully ignorant. Just as Nickelback is not the ultimate manifestation of rock music, Soulja Boy doesn't represent what hip-hop's about. Not even close.

    Feb 23 2008, 21:40
  • missmonkeybutt

    sozz but its boring !?!

    Gen 25 2010, 18:40
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