[RANT] Rap As An Art

Posted 12 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 3 hours ago by PackFM

Here’s a little analogy that came to me today:

If rap music was in an art gallery…

We’d have 3 main exhibits:

Exhibit A

This piece has nobody around it. It’s very well done. Flawless execution. That’s the problem, it’s too technical. It seems as if anyone can be taught to paint like this. There’s no question that it’s good, but not much else to say about it after that. Very little appreciation is shown for the insane amount of details.

Exhibit B

A few people may stop and look at it as they walk by. They admire the creativity while the artists keeps tradition in tact. They make a few comments, and keep it moving.

Exhibit C

This is the piece that everyone is crowded around. It looks like it might have been done by a 12 year old. Yet somehow it’s here in the midst of all this fine art. The audacity of it. What is it about this piece. Hundreds of people are talking about it, debating the techniques and symbolism.

Thats how it is with music and most other forms of entertainment. You put a beautiful picture perfect model on the runway and people don’t think twice. But put one with a huge gap between her teeth or man-like features and everyone will be talking for weeks.

So when people hear a good song, they think it’s supposed to be good, big deal. But then throw something like Shawty-Lo on and people think “How did something that awful make it THIS far”. It’s almost commendable. People start to debate its flaws and search for it’s good points.

“I don’t like what he’s saying, but the beat is hot”

I was watching some purple wearing rapper in an interview and he said “I dont’ want to be seen as a rapper, I want to be seen as an artist.” I’m starting to think that people have lost so much respect for the actual art of being an MC that they almost try to NOT focus on the craft of it all. I’m all for the progression of rap music, but if you neglect the amount of talent that goes into Exhibit A & B, then Exhibit C will soon turn to

Exhibit D:

Man…I F*cking Hate Rappers

- FM