This weekend I have listened to nothing but Gangsta Rap and nothing else. Yes I am white and no I do not walk around like this is my fucking lifestyle because its not. In fact nothing makes me more pissed off then when white kids walk around like they’re fucking thug or some shit and talk about how they love Gangsta Rap. I mean it wouldn’t piss me off so much, but they listen to shitty Gangsta Rap. Slim Shady and 50 Cent aren’t real Gangsta Rap. DMX doesn’t make you thug. If they actually listened to real Gangsta Rap I wouldn’t be so pissed off, but they don’t.
Enough ranting though, I do have to admit, while previously to this obsession, I had the staples, Wu Tang, Biggie, Dre, and 2pac, etc., my recent watching of office space has really brought my enjoyment into an obsession. As I said above I don’t listen to it because I think I’m thug. I don’t listen to it ironically either. I listen to it because its fucking good. I don’t give a shit what anyone says, Gangsta Rap is fucking good. Number one, the beats are just as good as any other style of music out there. I mean, just look at Ice Cube, in Check Yo Self he samples Grandmaster Flash’s The Message(which was going to be a previous post of mine until I decided to sideline it), its just such a self aware knowledge of his art forms beginnings and revamping it to make it totally new, to capture the angry word of the street and the feelings of disenfranchisement and rebellion of the time. Even further, if you take a look at the RZA’s production on all of Wu-Tang’s songs, its just absolute musical genius.
Anyone who hates Gangsta Rap, really have no basis in their hate. I mean at one point I did too(when I was much younger, I’m talking middle school years), but then I realized that I had never really given it a chance. They say its not music. That its just people talking over music and therefore they are not musicians. But this is false, because every rapper has some sense of the rhythm and are not just talking. They demonstrate rhythm and therefore are musicians because rhythm is an intricate part of music. Possibly the most important, because melody and everything else mean nothing without rhythm. These same haters rail on the lyrics and the subject matter. I have to say I have an objective view because lyrics don’t really mean anything to me. I listen to the voice as another instrument and that’s why I don’t know the words to songs I’ve been listening to for like ten years now. But, sex drugs and shooting, is clearly the main subject matter of most Gangsta Rap songs and most people have a problem with this. The bottom line though is, that’s what most music is about. The Rolling Stones sang about sex and drugs and these same people who hail these bands, dismiss Gangsta Rap due to its lyrical content, well these people are just goddamn hypocrites because the music they listen to has just about the same subject matter. On that note, Gangsta rappers really don’t talk about raping women like everyone says they do. In fact the only two rappers who I have ever heard make explicit references to rape are Odd Future and Eminem. And also, as much as rappers talk about the sex and drugs lifestyle they also go against it too. Just look at Wu-Tang’s, Visionz,
You can’t party your life away
Drink your life away
Smoke your life away
Fuck your life away
Dream your life away
Scheme your life away
Cause your seeds grow up the same way.
So I call bullshit on all these people who say that Gansta Rap is all about vices. There is some element of family friends and community in the lyrics.
The bottom line, is Biggie, GZA, 2pac, Dre, and company were just punks. They were doing the same exact thing that the Ramones, Sex Pistols, and other bands did twenty years before. The only difference was their medium of music.
Gangsta Rap is good. It sounds good and that’s all that should matter in music. The sound. If you are a true music fan you should look at all music objectively on first listen and then if it sounds good they should like it. So there is no way a true music fan should completely dismiss this form of music because its fucking good. And it makes me feel thug as shit.
My Favorite Rap Lyrics
“Just wakin up in the morning gotta thank god/ I don’t know but today seems kind of god”- Ice Cube, It Was a Good Day
“Real Gansta ass N****s don’t run for shit/ cuz real gangsta ass n****s don’t run fast”- Geto Boys, Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta
“So when I’m in your neighborhood you better duck/ Cuz Ice Cube is crazy as fuck”- NWA, Straight Outta Compton