Rap Music

Sara - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Ok, so I have to admit, I like Eminem, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and some other rap music. It has a raw emotion and honesty to it that I enjoy listening to. While I appreciate it, I also recognize that it is misogynistic, crude and violent sometimes, but I still like it! What do you think of rap? Will you/do you let your children listen to it? Do you believe rappers should be censored?

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Ez - posted on 09/26/2009

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Quoting Jenn:

....wow...I think you could count the number of rap songs that I like on 1 hand......and you could chop off 2 fingers before you counted.
(and still have enough fingers left to flip someone off)

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LOL - me too Jenn

Ez - posted on 09/26/2009

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I don't like rap. While I can appreciate the lyrics in some, I think mostly it appeals to the lowest common denominator - sex, drugs and violence. But I don't think they should be censored. People chose what they, and their children, listen to, and there are 'clean' versions on the radio.
My dislike for rap though is also just because I don't like the sound. I'm a rock girl through and through :-p

Natalie - posted on 09/26/2009

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Quoting Joy "the historian":

I rememeber in Jr High watching YO MTV Raps. I like Hip Hop and some rap music but on the whole I am not a huge fan of rap. I am from the South so most of the rap on the radio here is that from the dirty south and honestly I cannot figure out half of what is being said. I don't like heavy metal music either for the same reason..I have no clue what is being said. I have this thing with understanding what I am listening to so until interpreters are included with music I guess I will stick to the stuff I can properly make out.

Usuallly I just listen to the latest music I have downloaded on my IPOD..right now I am listening to the Kings of Leon, 311, Duffy, Ingrid Michaelson, Maxwell, Estelle, Lady Gaga, Mew, Paramore, Panic at the Disco, Jay Z, Beyonce, Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Black Eyed Peas, and I AM LOVING the new show on FOX GLEE and I have downloaded their renditions of some popular songs. I love the GLEE version of Kanye's West's Golddigger...much better than Kanye's IMO.
http://www.videosurf.com/video/glee-gold...


I am the same way! If I can't sing along, I don't wanna hear it!



I just moved out of AL, and as I'm gradually exposed to different variations, i love hip hop more and more.



As my son grows up, I hope to gradually introduce him to a wide variety of music on a level that is appropriate for his maturity. I happen to think those Kids Bop cd's are great and Motown and classic rock will probably be permanent fixtures in his life. If he wants to listen to rap, I will be listening to the music he gets with him the first time through, to make sure it is not outright vulgar. If it's really bad, I probably won't allow it, at least until he reaces a certain age or maturity level. And when (if!) he starts driving, there will be rules about the type of music he's allowed to play on the stereo- we shouldn't subject others to something they might not want to hear in a space where they can't get away from it, like at a red light.



On the whole, I don't think rappers should be censored, even though I'm utterly disgusted by a lot of it. I'm a visual artist, and I'd hate to think of someone censoring my work because they are offended by the subject. We have to respect the right of others to express themselves, especially when it's in a forum that can be avoided by people who don't want to hear it.

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I like some rap - I like the poetry behind rap - REAL rap. Not the... ghettolicious crap that Snoop Dogg and Pharrel come out with now though "drop it like it's hot drop it like its hot" - by the standards of the majority of their lyrics, children in grade 3-4 could write BANGIN rap lyrics.



Tupac, Biggie, Eminem, Eryrah, ODB, D.E.E., Sweatshop Union, Kyprios, even Swollen Members (older albums).. I will listen to them - but it takes the right mood for me to want to listen to it and appreciate it and with some songs I have to spend time reading the lyrics and researching what the song REALLY means before I can give it any real musical value and lyrical credit.



Beats are easy to make if you have the right equipment and programs on your computer and rap doesn't really take advantage of any musical genius some of these guys have.



Pharrel Williams - originally from NERD... he sold out. He IS a musical genius but he laxed off and his music is lazy and boring now.



At least - that's how I feel about rap music.



Rappers - complete other story. Glamorizing gang bangers is lame.

~Jennifer - posted on 09/26/2009

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....wow...I think you could count the number of rap songs that I like on 1 hand......and you could chop off 2 fingers before you counted.

(and still have enough fingers left to flip someone off)



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Jaime - posted on 09/26/2009

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Quoting Christa:

Joy, thanks for posting that, I'm definitely going to start watching GLEE. :-)


Glee is a hilarious show!

Jeannette - posted on 09/26/2009

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I enjoy some rap and hip hop music. The guys you've listed...Snoop was my favorite for a long time. I still listen to his old stuff more than his new stuff. I like a couple of Eminem songs, but I haven't listened to anything from his new album besides the song we made you..I think that is the title.

Anyway, rap music isn't the only offensive music I listen to, LOL! I'm an adult though, and my kids didn't listen to explicit lyrics until they were in jr high. My husband has always listened to heavy metal, hard rock, and classic rock, and when the kids were younger I asked him to please not listen to it in front of the kids. I just got myself out of the habit of listening to it when they were younger. BUT now that they are teenagers...we are jamming to a lot of the same bands! And we love going to concerts together!

I am the mom who made her kids listen to 80s music and like it Sharon! haha

Alexis and I love to do duets and our fave song to duet with.....Bodies!

JL - posted on 09/26/2009

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Quoting Loureen:

I love Eminem but i love Insane clown posse MORE !!they are awesome hillbilly freaks haha.
I love hilltop hoods and really , really , really love LUPE FIASCO especially the tracks kick push and superstar.
i dont think rap should be sensored , if you don't want to listen turn it off simple .
I Love glee too , lol.



I really really love Lupe Fiasco as well. Kick Push and Superstar are great songs.

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I'm in the minority here. I never cared for rap or hip hop. I'm stuck in the hair bands of the 80's! Hard core, heavy metal, classic rock anything ranging from Def Leppard, Bon Jovi (I grew up 20 minutes from him) to Iron Maiden to Manowar and everything in hard, heavy, or power ballad in between. Yup....that's me! Throw in some Lep Zep & Pink floyd and I'm happy :-)

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I also go through stages in music. For a good while I listened to rap a lot, but lately have been in a rock mood... My husband will play rap occassionally and I only tell him to change it when the song says "nigger" as I feel it would be too difficult to explain that to a 3 year old! Sure I could simply say "don't use that word" or whatever, but I'm super up front with my children and would like him to know more specifically then "that's a bad word that we don't use" I want him to know WHY we don't use it! And 3 is a little young to comprehend all that is in play there! My neighbor would let her daughter listen to rap and she LOVES to sing to music so when a bad word came up she would have to replace it with a proper word or skip it :) It was always funny listening to her "edited" versions of songs :) I don't think we should censor rappers more then the radio or TV does with everything. If you don't like the music don't play it :)

Charlie - posted on 09/25/2009

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I love Eminem but i love Insane clown posse MORE !!they are awesome hillbilly freaks haha.
I love hilltop hoods and really , really , really love LUPE FIASCO especially the tracks kick push and superstar.
i dont think rap should be sensored , if you don't want to listen turn it off simple .
I Love glee too , lol.

Kylie - posted on 09/25/2009

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Quoting Christa:

Joy, thanks for posting that, I'm definitely going to start watching GLEE. :-)


i watched GLEE for the first time last week and they did a version of that salt n peppa song Ahh Push it, it was excellent, i can tell i'm going to be hooked on the show

Sara - posted on 09/25/2009

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Quoting Christa:

This might make some of you hit the floor lol ;-) But I LOVE RAP. I'm totally the white guy from the beginning of "Office Space". My husband makes fun of me frequently. I love the old stuff though Tupac, Dre, Snoop, Bone, etc. I do like Kanye and Eminem, but I refuse to buy either of their albums because I think they are morally off people and I don't want to support their behaviors with my money. I don't think they should be censored accept on TV and the radio that is intended for a general audience. I definitely do not let my daughter listen to it now, which means I rarely get to listen to it myself anymore. :-( But as she gets older and I'm certain she has her values in tact I will allow her to listen to whatever knowing that she will have the judgment to understand what behavior is acceptable and what isn't.



I have to admit, you got me with this one, Christa...LOL!  :)

September - posted on 09/25/2009

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I love rap and R&B music :) I do agree that some of it can be a bit crude but I take no offence. I'm not sure that I would let our son listen to most of it but some song I think are ok as long as they are not cussing and talking about women in a foul way. I do however let our son listen to all kinds of R&B and soul music which he loves! He dances and snaps his fingers...It's so darn cute! Both my husband and myself are huge music lovers! I don't think that there is a day that goes by that we don't listen to music :) It's great for the soul!

Sara - posted on 09/25/2009

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Ohhh...Kings of Leon. I saw them at a bar here where I live before they hit the big time...it was awesome. Ahh-hha, shaaaake...

JL - posted on 09/25/2009

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I rememeber in Jr High watching YO MTV Raps. I like Hip Hop and some rap music but on the whole I am not a huge fan of rap. I am from the South so most of the rap on the radio here is that from the dirty south and honestly I cannot figure out half of what is being said. I don't like heavy metal music either for the same reason..I have no clue what is being said. I have this thing with understanding what I am listening to so until interpreters are included with music I guess I will stick to the stuff I can properly make out.



Usuallly I just listen to the latest music I have downloaded on my IPOD..right now I am listening to the Kings of Leon, 311, Duffy, Ingrid Michaelson, Maxwell, Estelle, Lady Gaga, Mew, Paramore, Panic at the Disco, Jay Z, Beyonce, Corey Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Black Eyed Peas, and I AM LOVING the new show on FOX GLEE and I have downloaded their renditions of some popular songs. I love the GLEE version of Kanye's West's Golddigger...much better than Kanye's IMO.

http://www.videosurf.com/video/glee-gold...

Evelyn - posted on 09/25/2009

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Quoting Lindsay:

Ok I didn't really answer the question....My kids listen to the radio versions of songs if it comes on and I don't have a problem. It should be censored for the general public but their alumns should have whatever the f@$% they want on there.


LMAO!!

Lindsay - posted on 09/25/2009

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Ok I didn't really answer the question....My kids listen to the radio versions of songs if it comes on and I don't have a problem. It should be censored for the general public but their alumns should have whatever the f@$% they want on there.

Lindsay - posted on 09/25/2009

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I tend to go through phases with music. I like all kinds of music, just usually not all around the same time. When I was a teen, all I wanted to listen to was rap for the most part. It depends on what I'm doing and my mood. Rap's not something I usually turn on at home or in the car but if we're out at a bar, it great to dance to during the band breaks! =)

Kylie - posted on 09/25/2009

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yeah my daughter loves that Jimmy Ricard song by Hilltop hoods she tries to sing along..i let her listen to the top 40 censored hip hop stuff that come on the radio during the day.

Evelyn - posted on 09/25/2009

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LOVE Hip Hop, not a fan of "hard core" rap though. Yes, I let my little one listen to it as long as there is no sex talk or foul language.

Sara - posted on 09/25/2009

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Quoting Kylie:

hmm i like rap...did you watch the up in smoke tour dvd Sara? definitely not something i want my kids listening to or watching until they are over 15. i think eminem is very clever, he's funny and poetic. a lot of rap lyric theme is crude and shocking but if don't take the use of bitch, hoe and n*@#$! too seriously you can let t slide and enjoy the flow and beats.. i do find rap and r&b music videos pretty boring..its all the same gangsta bling and cars and women being objectified shaking their bits on camera. but yeah i appreciate rap music.. I like all kinds of music. i used to love turning up dr dre in my car and going for a cruise ..now i have to listen to that kinda music on my mp3 player with head phones on because i don't want my children to hear it.



I love Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" too...classic!

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It all depends on the style of rap. I prefer Hip Hop. A Tribe Called Quest, Run-D.M.C, Jurassic 5, Talib Kweli, Cypress Hill---the list could go on and on :) I really can't stand "gangster" rap (Akon, 50 Cent, Lil'Wayne) but I do have respect for some of the artists like Jay-Z and Timbaland who produce quality music.



Working in a music store...I see WAYYYY to many mothers who just don't give a shit what their kids are listening to. We have recommendations we follow and are not allowed to sell CDs with parental advisories to children younger than 12. I think that is reasonable and more mothers should spend the time to listen to the CD before they give it to their kids.

Kylie - posted on 09/25/2009

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hmm i like rap...did you watch the up in smoke tour dvd Sara? definitely not something i want my kids listening to or watching until they are over 15. i think eminem is very clever, he's funny and poetic. a lot of rap lyric theme is crude and shocking but if don't take the use of bitch, hoe and n*@#$! too seriously you can let t slide and enjoy the flow and beats.. i do find rap and r&b music videos pretty boring..its all the same gangsta bling and cars and women being objectified shaking their bits on camera. but yeah i appreciate rap music.. I like all kinds of music. i used to love turning up dr dre in my car and going for a cruise ..now i have to listen to that kinda music on my mp3 player with head phones on because i don't want my children to hear it.

Sharon - posted on 09/25/2009

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I like it. We listen to it fairly frequently. I frequently ask my kids if they have idea what they're singing about. 99% of the time they have no idea. When they ask me - I explain the lyrics. Frequently about pot and we almost never listen to the songs about some guy banging someone. (even though one of those is really my fav for its catchy beat).



No rappers don't have to be censored. Its their art. I do the censoring. We frequently buy "clean" singles from walmart online.

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