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Opinions on Hip Hop/Rap





Trade Marc™
Yea I personally listen to Hip Hop and Rock, nothing else cuz I just cant stand R&B and COuntry/Pop etc. What are y'all opinions?
nakamaru
Rap sucks. That's all that needs to be said. It simply sucks...end of story. At least that's my opinion.
Thug
^^ If u dont have nothing constructive to say THEN STAY THE ****** OUTTA HERE IDIOT Evil or Very Mad

Now something else, rap is ruling the music scene right now yea, and on topic i do like rap but i also can listen 2 rock but no POP
dtdojo2
can't stand rap/hip hop/r&b/pop and country
SunburnedCactus
Classic Hip-Hop is always good. I prefer earlier stuff to today's popular rap. Also Leftfield Hip-Hop is always a great place to here innovative and ground breaking beats!
lyndonray
Jeez I didn't know that there were still people out there who hated hip-hop since there is so much of around nowadays! I still love it though, but maybe not as much as I did when I was like 15. It's become very commercialised and people are still rapping about the same stuff in the same way. The only real breath of fresh air in recent years has been Kanye West. And obviously before that it was Eminem. But I still hear the odd song here and there that I really get into, but it's nothing like a few years ago when a whole album would make me go crazy because it was that good.

But hip-hop is definately hear to stay. So there is really no point in wasting your time hating it, and more importantly expressing that hate. But that's just my cosmically insignificant opinion.
TeK
I love hip hop, and some rap. The rap I like is usually the underground or the lesser known, or formally big artists.
S3nd K3ys
FACT: 99% of all rap I've had to listen to sucks major sweaty swine sack.
hodgenpodg
personally i hate rap (it comes from the word 'crap'), but if someone likes rap i really dont care as long as they dont try and make me listen to it or force me to listen to it
druidbloke
I think what is classified as hip hop these days is getting narrower, I liked the days of electro when anything went, but the more complex lyric styles that came later are interesting, I just wish all this warbling r'n'b vocal would stay well away from it Smile grrrrrrrr it puts me off straight away, I heard some underground new stuff that I really could get into but most modern pro stuff is too commercial for my tastes, I have been known to play the odd bit of dmx or eminem though.
druidbloke
mmm that (c)rap comment has been said way too many times, and always by people who dont know how to listen to rap, and dont know where its coming from, to them its just like being hit over the head with a brick, and if you listen to a lot of the lyrics, its hard to argue with them unfortunately, but rap at its best is well crafted, delivered in a more real and direct way than any song can expess, I think songs are good at expressing raw pure emotion, rap is better at expressing complex subjects, that need a lot of words to get across, shame its used so often for guns and f*cking instead, valid enough use yes, but do it in a different way aaaaaaargh Laughing
Gonnon
Personally, I can not stand rap or hip hop. I love classical, metal, rock, country...
everything except for rap.
Halcyon
pretty much anything thats out on the radio or mtv or anything popular really i dont like. its mostly all about "thug life" with guns and drugs and sex. i like rap that has some meaning to it, good lyrics. if a song doesnt have good lyrics i wont listen to it more than once...because lyrics are a big part of a song and i dont see why someone can spend so much time on the music aspect of it and just totally ignore the written part of it. in conclusion i dont really listen to any hip hop or rap at all...im more of a classic rock or metal type of guy, but i do listen to the occasional rap song.
lyndonray
rap/hip-hop whatever you want to call it is one the broadest musical genres out there. You get everything from Will Smith to the Roots, so I have always assumed that there would at least be something for everyone. Just like with Rock. Personally, I hate 80s-hair-band-rock. But I can still go for some Foo Fighters any day. So you need to explore the genre a little bit. Just because you can't understand why 50 Cent feels the need to show us how he is fit enough to be a WWE wrestler in each video, it doesn't mean you should write the whole genre off.
tingkagol
yep.

I have to be honest with you. I enjoy listening to eminem (no matter how many people hate him), Kanye West, Jurassic 5. These are the ones that really stick.

Nowadays, everybody wants a piece of it. All sounding the same. Nothing innovative, unique... they all come across to me as a bunch of people here today, gone tomorrow. The genre is in danger indeed- what with an idiot like 50 cent on the loose with it (nice one eminem).

I love listening to rock, but emo/screamo is just as bad as mainstream rap. It's like the "boy-band madness" all over again with tons of these new bands coming out with nothing that separates them from the crop.

I also listen to alot of house, drum n bass, ambient, and latin jazz.
coker
I don´t like it .. some people rap about things they haven´t even seen .. like ghetto & stuff .. but i respect true hiphopers or rappers I don´t know the diffrence..
silli
Hmm opinions... Let's just say that music saved me from rap.
a.han
I think it's silly for people to totally hate a whole genre (except hardcore metal/rock - what's all the screaming all about).

I personally love my hip hop but a lot of the recent stuff is just rubbish and exactly the same. For me it's all about the lyrics - unless the beat is a really really strong one.

I'm really into the old school sound thats not too angry and gangsta - like common, roots, guru, k-os etc. Things with a real soulful vibe.

For all those hip hop heads who just listen to hip hop - open your ears, there are some amazing songs that are real far from hip hop.

i think i'm into all sorts really (except hardcore metal, i'm not ignorant but just respect my ears).
S3nd K3ys
silli wrote:
Hmm opinions... Let's just say that music saved me from rap.


LMAO!
Natrualkiller
Rap sucks i think i dont understand how they rap a.k.a talk about stupid Sh*t rap just plain sucks
BurgerPimp07
I wouldn't completely bash rap music in general though. I'm not a huge fan of rap but I listen to some of it. I've seen some artists that are really annoying though, like Mike Jones. As far as hip-hop goes, how can you hate it? It has so much of an influence on todays society, especially among people 13-25, which in my opinion is the next generation of people.

As far as my genre of music goes, I will listen comfortably to anything but country. I can stand almost any other kind of music, but mostly mainstream music, not really aware of many 'underground' artists.
nakamaru
Thug wrote:
^^ If u dont have nothing constructive to say THEN STAY THE **** OUTTA HERE IDIOT Evil or Very Mad

Now something else, rap is ruling the music scene right now yea, and on topic i do like rap but i also can listen 2 rock but no POP


It asks my opinion. What I said is my opinion. Go watch MTV, home of Hilary Duff and the commercialized "gangsta" you whiteboy.
k-9fx
First of all lets all get things straight.

There is a gap between RnB and Rap. People don't realise that they listen to RnB but categorise it as Rap. RnB is more of a melodic tune with some rap relating to the song. RAP is hardcore "rapping" from the verse, chorus and end. Most hits today are categorised as RNB.
xxbabygirlxx
i dono some rap artists suck lets face it like 50 cent al he raps about is bling bling , hoes and how he is 0o so gangsta what a loserrrrrrr

eminem , tupac and biggie are amazing.0o and jay z of coarse they actualy rap about other things other then hoes, money, and how there so gangsta Very Happy
IceCameron
k-9fx wrote:
First of all lets all get things straight.

There is a gap between RnB and Rap. People don't realise that they listen to RnB but categorise it as Rap. RnB is more of a melodic tune with some rap relating to the song. RAP is hardcore "rapping" from the verse, chorus and end. Most hits today are categorised as RNB.


Hear hear!
Rnb = rythem and blues
IceCameron
But my opinion on it?
It sucks..
thelostgallery
I find Hip hop usually extremely catchy but let's face it, ridiculously cheap!

What do I mean?

Well, everything lies in the production. If the first few beats or notes are catchy, you basically have your song. Just add to it the lyrics and you got your tune! I find it far too repetitive.

Now the main reason why I don't listen to this kind of music lies in all that surrounds Hip Hop - The attitude. I just cant relate to the degrading, violent and futile subjects too often promoted by the rappers. Not to mention the videos...

To be honest, I'm not sure this kind of music has a very positive influence on our society, but that's a different subject and I don't want to generalise here. I'm sure 90% of the Hop Hop we hear nowadays could be called Hip POP.....

Gotta love breakdance though! hehe
Scott
I really hate how people can just say "All Rap/Hip-Hop" sucks. People need to stop making generalizations about music. Every genre is incredibly diverse, you just sometimes have to look into it a bit more. I actually used to be the same way, and I'm still not a fan of rap or hip-hop, but I can appreciate it.
happycycling
I don't mean to bash on anybody who likes to listen to hip hop on the radio, but I think that kind of music makes the "artist" sound a little cheap. There's just a little too much of the hate vibe going on. I personally like the feel good hip hop like mos def, lyrics born, blackalicious, talib kweli, gift of gab and so on. To them it aint about the dollahz and hos but actually about the music.

A lot of people lean towards the image aspect of an artist rather than the actual music, and it seems a little sad that the musicians themselves play that game. A good example would be the black eyed peas. They used to be so good and now they're doing cellphone commercials and talking about lumps or whatnot.
mceejaydee
PLEASE PEOPLE! Listen to more rap before you say something about it. I hated rap a long time ago then I started listening to Mos Def and other REAL rappers. I LOVE rap now. People who hate rap don't know anything about it. And it also seems most people online are more confident to say they hate rap but when it comes to real life they're less confident to say they hate rap.
heavensent6
Well people certainly are entitled to their own opinions. Me personally I like rap/hip hop, R&B and certain other music. It just have to be something that I like or am feeling.

Like when I'm driving in my car and listen to the radio, not all of it may be hip hop or r&b but I don't even know the song or artist and I like it. Everytime that i hear it I sing along, so I like it.
ClanDestine
Personally, I like more underground rap/hip-hop. I like it becuase a majority of the songs have better lyrics then things you hear on the radio. They stand for something. They are trying to help something out. They are telling a story.

The commercialised rap and hip-hop on the radio seems to be only about money, girls, bling, and shooting. There are a few exceptions like Kanye West and Eminem. But, I'll listen to rap, just not on the radio, anyday.

Check it out, www.definitivejux.net!
mzkrunkness
well i used 2 luv mainstream hip hop/rap but it now it needs more substance, lyrics used to have a meaning and songs had great beats. I have made the switch to underground I am really into this group called deadly poetz can't get enough. I have to admit though some mainstream rappers can still in my opinion come up with a great song.
todabeat
mceejaydee wrote:
PLEASE PEOPLE! Listen to more rap before you say something about it. I hated rap a long time ago then I started listening to Mos Def and other REAL rappers. I LOVE rap now. People who hate rap don't know anything about it. And it also seems most people online are more confident to say they hate rap but when it comes to real life they're less confident to say they hate rap.


Most people always say something like this, i applaude your interest in hip-hop and i too used to tell people to go out and listen to Mos Def, but we have to admit that a new danger wasn't really good hip-hop. And Hip-Hop music is goind down the drain, I mean i just listen to Blood Money, by Mobb Deep....and it's trash, i mean MOBB used to be inpiration and great rapper, I mean i don't know everyone's taste, but QUITE STORM is one of the BEST Hip-Hop tracks out there, just the beat alone, and the lyrics are even greater. But hip-hop has changed, and it has changed to a bad side. I mean now adays 3 out of five songs, can go on without mentioning your new ride, or your gangsta grillz. I really appriciate other artist that try to keep it alive,

Like Gnarls Barkley, that are re creating hiphop, Common, Kanye (Kind Of) Lupe Fiasco who is a really good lyricist, and Nas that has kept it real. Hopefully hip-hop wont end up in the oldies section or go down the drain.


the new Nas album will say it all. Since the title is "Hip-Hop is DEAD"


Will
deftech
rap/ hip hop has changed over the years and is not as good. Now days most of the rap is foul language besed and almost make no sense. The rap today mostly drags your self esteem down, or pumps you up in the wrong manner. It doesn't lift you up hardly any more. There is still some good rap out though.
<h1>
people who used to listen to hiphop when it was hiphop can all agree that thesedays HIPHOP IS DEAD..
Call it HIP-POP cos that's what it is.. Its made in a way that it can be POPULAR. Meaning, it's made in a certain way that a bigger target audience will listen to it... That is the only point of rap/hiphop these days..

Nuff said...
Cliche: Old-skool is cool applies to this..

F*** YOU NEPTUNES
hofodomo01
I know it more as rap...hip-hop is what I think of rap from the 80's Wink

The only rapper I have ever liked is Eminem...
Izar
I've never like rap/hip-hop. I've listened to it, it's just I don't like the beats, and the lyrics, to me, have absolutly no meaning. HOWEVER, older Rap, even though I don't like it, actually had decent lyrics (at least they had some sort of point). Today, rap has just so much bad language it's just... not good. And you'll notice, some videos look like they are sopposed to be for a love song (all the half-naked women dancing around), cept when you un-mute it, it's talking about how the rapper got arrested and shot at, changed his grill and got a new ride, and how he's somking weed and getting away with it.
todabeat
^^^No, see I am sure that since you've never paid any interest to Hip-Hop you only know about the mainstream, See all the new music, not just hip-hop is crap to most of us, becuase we are in the verge of evolution when it comes to music, not neceseraly good evolution, This music we listen to nowadays al the kids love it, WHY because its for them, it's for this generation. I am 20years old, and i dont excatly listen to hiphop from 96' 97' since it should come into my generation, But since i do happen to love the beats, and the poerty that hip-hop has, but you have to really dig-in and search for good music, sometimes you dont have go that far. I mean most people know good music te just don't know it. I mean Common is pretty wel known, just like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, even Kanye, if you listen to his whole album he's got some good stuff in there.

But then there are artist who really try to go mainstream, like The roots, a tribe called quest, Blackalicious, even Dead Prez. They have good meaningfull songs on theri albums. It's just that most "ignorant" people don't want to give tham a chance.

then you got the "underground" hip-hop just like there is underground Rock, i have a friend who is all rock/metal/emo whatever, and i've hear of bands i've never heard in my life. In hip-hop it's the same, there are some good poets out there, who have something to say.

But like i said, people dont give it a chance, they listen to Mike JONES!, or freakin 50cent and things like that, and they autmaticly discard hip-hop.

All i say is give it chance...
If you download music search for:

Felt or Felt 2 by- Murs & Atmosphere
Blackalicious
Acelayeon
Living Legends
the roots
common

or got to youtube, it should hae some videos in there

and see that you might start to like some hiphop
peace, long write but i felt like it should be said.. gie it Chance!!
Will
BBoxed Up
HoboPelican
I don't like Rap or Hip Hop very much. Some I really like, but in general it doesn't speak to me. Not saying anything bad about the genre, it just doesn't move me. Same with country and western, opera and a few other types of music. I don't enjoy it in general, but I can always find something I like Very Happy

Different people, different music. It's be a freakin' boring world if we all liked the same stuff.
todabeat
Maybe it would be more interesting, becuase we would all collaborate and make something very inspirering or something like that..
tingkagol
what makes good interesting is the presence of evil. and vice versa.
turnersmusic
Depends who's ears it falls on! Dangerous! Question
frenchy
My opinions on Hip hop and RnB are that i think it the best music out there.
I like to get my groove on heavy beats like Busta Rhymes touch it remix song and pitbulls song shake.

I also like to get freaky to a little bit of Rnb.lol.
romaop
I'm far from a rap fanatic but I like some rap music, specially when good poems are said.
I didn't like most of the commercial rap I've heard. I think rap music lacks frequently of a more instrumental approach. A "progressive rap" (the idea comes from "progressive bluegrass") with influences from other genres of music makes rap (or whatever you call it) more interesting to me.
Also I should notice that rap has it's own ground and culture. It's not just the music on the radio.
The rude, simple, undergrounded, decadent feel has it's enchantment. The message drops out of a bottle of wine.
Aimewitue
mceejaydee wrote:
PLEASE PEOPLE! Listen to more rap before you say something about it.
i totallyagree with that!
todabeat
I actually agree with what Chris Rock said.. " I love Hip-Hop music, but I am tired of defending it..."

thats is it, final thought, just to all the people that go into thread about hip hop and just star saying; "it's crap" "rap is the worst type of music" "it sucks" etc.

The one thing that really sucks in this world is your ignorance.
blackheart
S3nd K3ys wrote:
FACT: 99% of all rap I've had to listen to sucks major sweaty swine sack.


Well he who does not seek, rarely finds.

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99% of the music fronting the genre(s) - i.e. that which is radioplayed and devoured by MTV - in my opinion does "suck major sweaty swine sack".

How-ever, if you look a little deeper into the genre than that which is handed to you on a fat-cat's gold platter; rap and hip-hop become both deep/meaningful and musically intricate.

Take the time to go to the roots, and anyone should be able to appreciate the value of real hip-hop (a.k.a. rap).


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Oh, and to everyone claiming that hip-hop is dead, it's not.
It's the same with punk - there are just as many good bands and/or artists out there, but thrown ontop are more mass-produced made-to-be-popular bands/artists than ever before.

For those who can't be bothered looking, or just plain don't know how, the genre's may seem dead... But good music is out there... if that makes sense...


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molif
sometimes, rapping lyrics got some meaning.. however, with that kind of beat and ppl in the background making the rap noise, err, turned off..
deStructuralized
I'm a major hip-hop head, and I'm with todabeat. I won't defend it if you just plain hate it, that's your taste and you can keep it.

There are always going to be people who dislike the genre, and that doesn't really bother me. But it's the music I grew up listening to, and certain artists provide logical and emotional depth in both their lyrics and their instrumentals.

But those of you who dislike the genre as a whole because you think the instrumentals are repetitive and lack depth, or the lyrics lack meaning...I strongly urge you to check these two albums out. Easily the TOP hip-hop albums of 2006, the beats are lush and feature live instrumentation, and the rappers rhyme about socially significant topics in an effective and easy to listen to way:

CunninLynguists - A Piece of Strange
The Roots - Game Theory

Download and take a listen, but do buy them if you like them.

And as far as party rap goes...I used to be an underground hip-hop elitist (backpacker), and basically rag on every rapper who wasn't talking about something "important..." But hey. Sometimes you just need something that gets you movin', so I'm cool with mainstream club tracks.
patrickrapp
I like swedish hip hop, like promoe and looptroop. I also like grime and garage. Like the streets, kano, lady sovereign.

I could not care less for 50 cent and that kind of shit. Laughing
roach831
rap and hip hop is the best though i dont really like those new guys like lil jon, young buck, 50 cent, almost all the LIL'S
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