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8 Rappers Dr. Dre Turned Into Superstars

By Martin Berrios  @Flawlesscrowns  February 18, 2014

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It is no secret that Dr. Dre Has the golden touch. On his 49th Birthday we look back at the recording artists he has turned into superstars. While Dre is no more associated with is business for acumen regarding his widely  successful “Beats by Dre Electronics hardware company, he is still a music titan. Since his early N.W.A days the good doctor has proved to know what Hip hop wants. Now with almost 30 years in the music business we look back at those who Dre Dre has taken from raw talent to Rap Royalty:

Please visit this site, For it is a slide show of Artists from Dre Dre throughout his historic career.


From someone such as myself who enjoys success stories. I find Dr. Dre a top notch spot to start. even when I was a kid I have always enjoyed his music. Its wondrous how a man can just start out from humble beginnings in the hood, and turn around and be so much of a success that he has enough of it to give others. That powerful stuff to me. So much in fact I dream of being able to one day be the one to help someone, everyone,. that’s pure Joy to me. I’m sure you all can attest to wanting to give simply because you can and willing,.  If you had it all , would you give unto others.?



The D.O.C.

Entirely produced by Dr. Dre, the classic debut No One Can Do It Better established The D.O.C. as more than an associate of N.W.A. Unfortunately he suffered a tragic car accident where his larynx was crushed that sidelined his very promising career.

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The D.O.C.

Entirely produced by Dr. Dre, the classic debut No One Can Do It Better established The D.O.C. as more than an associate of N.W.A. Unfortunately he suffered a tragic car accident where his larynx was crushed that sidelined his very promising career.

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While Dre is now more associated for his business acumen regarding his widely successful Beats By Dre electronics hardware company, he is still a music titan. Since his early N.W.A. days the good doctor has proved to know what Hip-Hop wants.

Now with almost 30 years in the music business we look back at

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It is no secret that Dr. Dre has the golden touch. On his 49th birthday we look back at all the recording artists he has turned into superstars (think: household name). – See more at:

It is no secret that Dr. Dre has the golden touch. On his 49th birthday we look back at all the recording artists he has turned into superstars (think: household name).

While Dre is now more associated for his business acumen regarding his widely successful Beats By Dre electronics hardware company, he is still a music titan. Since his early N.W.A. days the good doctor has proved to know what Hip-Hop wants.

Now with almost 30 years in the music business we look back at all those who Dr. Dre has taken from raw talent to Rap royalty.

Let us know who should be considered Dre’s biggest success in the comments section.

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Photo: Judy Eddy/

It is no secret that Dr. Dre has the golden touch. On his 49th birthday we look back at all the recording artists he has turned into superstars (think: household name).

While Dre is now more associated for his business acumen regarding his widely successful Beats By Dre electronics hardware company, he is still a music titan. Since his early N.W.A. days the good doctor has proved to know what Hip-Hop wants.

Now with almost 30 years in the music business we look back at all those who Dr. Dre has taken from raw talent to Rap royalty.

Let us know who should be considered Dre’s biggest success in the comments section.

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Why It Sucks To Be A Rapper Like Rick Ross In 2014

“Drug Dealer’s Dream”—a track from Rick Ross’ Mastermind—begins with an electronic bank voice giving someone their account balance.

“Your checking account available balance is $92,153,183.28. This reflects the most current information available on your account.”

Although there are no words to explicitly indicate this is Ross’ account balance, since this is a song on his album—and since his subject matter primarily consists of him reminding us how rich he wants us to think he is—we can assume it’s supposed to be.

This brings two things to mind:

1. Rick Ross is very rich. Richer than anyone I know, and likely richer than anyone reading this. But, he’s not that rich. Estimates of his net worth place him between $25 to $35 million dollars. Which is a lot of money. But it’s not $92 million. And, even if it was $92 million, no one worth that carries exactly that much money in their checking account.

Much of rap music exists in a state of believably unbelievable hyperbole. A paradox where we (rap fans) require for rappers to be “real” before we allow them to lie to us.

But again, Rick Ross is very rich. And I’m sure a recording of his actual account balance would be impressive. Lying about it seems as pointless as a guy with a 10 inch dick telling everyone it’s 12, but he does it anyway.

2. This makes no sense. Unless you’re a rapper. And then it makes perfect sense.

Much of rap music exists in a state of believably unbelievable hyperbole. A paradox where we (rap fans) require for rappers to be “real” before we allow them to lie to us. For instance, we know that rappers like Jeezy don’t sell drugs anymore. (Well, we hope they don’t.) We also know they’re prone to exaggerate about the drugs they did sell. But as long as there is some inkling of proof that, at one time in their life, they did sell drugs, we allow them to rap to us about selling drugs now. And these raps tend to be increasingly implausible lies. Rick Ross’ success despite his pre-rap career may seem to contradict this paradox, but it doesn’t. His lies are so big, so outrageous that proof ceases to matter. When you buy an island, no one asks to see a receipt.

And this is why 2014 might be the worst year to be a rapper—or more specifically, a rapper like Rick Ross.

It’s been over a decade since Jay-Z asked if we listened to his music or just skimmed through it. Although he was speaking about a personal matter, that line reflected a feeling rappers and rap fans have had for years when defending rap music. Those critical of it weren’t really paying attention to it. They were just listening to the hook and not the message; the cuss words and not the content or the creativity.

But now…well…let me say this.

I heard Mastermind in full last week, and I thought of using the bank account quote when first thinking about this article. But, although I remembered the quote, I didn’t know it word for word, so I googled the album and found a link that gave me the lyrics of each song.

Mastermind had not been released yet.

It’s a bit unnerving how easily we negotiate the weirdness of the act I just described. The access the immediacy of the Internet gives us is so ingrained in us that something like finding the complete lyrics of an album that hasn’t been released yet doesn’t sound strange until you make a point to say how strange it us. We live in an era where everything—even things that technically don’t exist yet—can be found, proven, debunked, scrutinized, and assessed immediately. You don’t have to wait for an album’s release to hear it. You don’t have to wait for Rap City or your local radio station’s daily countdown to listen to the music you don’t happen to own. You don’t have to rely on OHHLA to find a (somewhat) accurate lyrical transcript.

The same ridiculously oblivious and ridiculously obvious hyperbole that got him signed by Reebok in 2012 got him dropped by Reebok in 2013.

In theory, this cultural development should have boded well for rap music. After all, if people were able to listen to lyrics more critically, the craft would be appreciated more. But what actually ended up happening was that this availability allows both people familiar with rap music and people not that familiar with rap music to see how ridiculous some rap lyrics tend to be. Especially when read out of context on a monitor. And, since everyone can create content now, everyone can also be a critic. Instead of having to call in to a radio station or organize a long-to-develop protest, those upset or disturbed by the content can give the rest of the world immediate access to their thoughts.

This dynamic has been especially jarring to rappers like Ross—artists who’ve made careers out of progressively nihilistic music and haven’t proven to be socially palatable and/or savvy enough to take advantage of the change. The same ridiculously oblivious and ridiculously obvious hyperbole that got him signed by Reebok in 2012 got him dropped by Reebok in 2013.

If Rick Ross drops an awkward throwaway lyric about a murdered Black teen in 2001—or even 2005—it’s likely forgotten about by the next song. Maybe someone at Fox News or The National Review would mention it, but that type of coverage would do nothing but make rap fans circle the wagons around him.

Today, though, it’s a story. The man who never needed a receipt is now forced to produce copies of them. And, surprising no one, he can’t seem to find them.

Pittsburgh-native Damon Young writes about things. And, @verysmartbros

You don’t have to be Rick Ross necessarily to compare just about anyone in what they call mainstream. You can lie all you want to and its acceptable. As a fan of Rap Music even I understand that not every story in a song is as they say it. Most of the time its fictional and even I enjoy the escape. Crazy how any rapper can talk about their life and how much of a struggle it was,, but in reality did not even grow up that way or even close. Whats even more surprising is when these rappers lie so much that when they are questioned or contested about it, an actual evidential answer is far from their reach,. Hence why kids, teenagers especially are not so well accustomed to whats fake and whats real anymore. Please provide me with your thoughts and assessments.

5 Most Overrated Rappers

5 Most Overrated Rappers in the Music Industry Image Credit: Hip Hop wireAttention avid rap fans: this is an opinion piece. If you are spiritually unprepared for rancorous, downright whiny editorializing, please avert your eyes. Reader discretion is advised.As the Onion quite accurately satirized last month, people are worried about the state of hip-hop. Genre-centric music listeners are, perhaps by definition, very protective of their soundscape. I am one of these aforementioned worriers.I will not lay claim to some sweeping statement about the ills of modern rap, rather I think it’s more telling to question some raps biggest rhymers that I feel have committed sins against the game. So, without further adieu, here is my take on rap’s most dubious successes right now.

1. 2 Chainz

2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boi, was brought up by Ludacris, featured on many of the South’s top act’s songs, and is a 3-time certified gold artist for “No Lie,” “I’m Different,” and “Birthday Song.” MTV and BET have both given him solo accolades for his 2012 breakout, and that year he was The Source’s Man of the Year. His 40 guest appearances in that time are impressive in theory, and his hit songs have the snagging hook and catchiness for days, but, all of this does not excuse him of his completely uninspired verse.

Chainz most memorable lines are the type that inspire ironic glee: “She got a big booty, so I call her: big booty” is almost defiant in its lameness, which is probably why it is so often repeated by people looking to scream random shit out the window of a passenger’s seat.

Moreover Chainz’s stilted, pausing flow is identical from one song to the next. He could have written everything all at the same time ten years ago, and we would be none the wiser.

2. Waka Flocka Flame

Much like 2 Chainz, Juaquin James Malphurs is a bit of a groundball for a list of this nature. Much like 2 Chainz, he is not exactly a critical darling, nor do the hardcore, Beats-by-Dre bashing fans admire him very much. Like 2 Chainz, he is an animated showman. Like 2 Chainz, he is a Georgia native with a penchant for chorus writing. And, like 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka’s status in hip-hop sits high above his verbal prowess.

Waka Flocka has admitted to not being a lyricist, and, better yet, this cosmic claim: “I ain’t got not no lyrics” affords his slack jawed sensibilities a bit of honest credibility. However, call me old-fashioned, but I think household names in the rap game shouldn’t eschew the use of … lyrics, or consonants for that matter.

The M.O. of any given Waka Flocka track is a tired one, literally. He shamelessly slurs his way through a bunch of misogynistic tropes “ben’ over, drop it girl, blablabla bands” in any given song like he just discovered ordering a woman around as replacement for actual thought. What he actually discovered was a paradox in vocals: lazy shouting. Then, perhaps as an apology, Flocka arhythmically calls over his own shouting on backup vocals, often screaming his own moniker over and over again, as if we forgot it was him. “Flocka, Waka, Waka, Flocka, Squad!

It is well documented that Waka’s mother is the former manager of Gucci Mane, who brought Waka to the forefront. Whether or not we can chalk Waka’s fame to this unclear, but either way it is not important. What is important is the fact that Waka is devolving Southern hip-hop. Did we really need a second rate Mike Jones on Xanax?

3. Kendrick Lamar

It was painful to put Kendrick Lamar in the same sentence as Waka and 2 Chainz, but even K Dot cannot avoid the scrutiny that the limelight has earned him.

Kendrick Lamar first gained a robust internet following for his independent albums, and then got stadium status for his hit singles off Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (what’s with these backronyms in the album name? Whatever.) At any point in his career, there is  a thread of chill: the warm sunny breeze of Compton, California, and the faint smell of weed-laced zen blows through his sound. This is enough to warrant a successful career, but sold out arenas? Really?

Perhaps it is physiological inkling that I find irksome when I hear it, like the opposite of hairs standing on the back of one’s neck, if there is such a thing, but I find Kendrick Lamar to be stylistically unsavory at times. Indeed, much Kendrick’s mindset is based on the inception point in his career: being 16-years-old and rapping from the seat of parked car. However, this rather quaint approach falters at many points, even in his hit songs. Whether he’s singing fantasies about pools of liquor, sitting under a tree made of money, or having his “dick grow big as the Eiffel Tower,” his imagery and, more often, his cadence, are just as worthy of an indignant, oafish guffaw as they are a bloodshot-eyed head nod. His staccato flow, his points vocal emphasis in his phrasing (Ya BISH) and host of other tricks give him a distinct brand to float on, but that same unique approach does not always amount to something good. Straight up, he just sounds corny.

4. Jay-Z

In case you forgot, which is understandable, this supposedly untouchable cultural icon, former franchise owner, and current sports agent is also a multi, multi-platinum rapper who hasn’t put out a good solo album in over a decade. While working to strengthen the buttresses of his oligarchy in hip-hop, and stretching to Renaissance man status, Shawn Carter lost that hunger for the rap game kept his lyrics tight, his songs hard, and his flow mercurial.

One of his last hit songs, “Otis,” is an embarrassment. He and Kanye West trade off on some of whackest lines of their careers, over a loud, obnoxious beat the sowed the seeds for Yeezus, without any of the lascivious, horror-core edge. Most of Watch The Throne was winning, but, it was obviously Kanye’s turn as the dominant creative force on all fronts, not just the production (On “Gotta have it”: Kanye equates himself to LeBron, and then Jay-Z to D Wade. “wait …” Jay Z mutters in the background, as if he could deny his little brother the truth).

Worst of all, there is his biggest hit in recent years, the confectionary, soppy drip of radio syrup, Blueprint 3’s “Empire State of Mind.” We New Yorkers point to Nas’ Illmatic as rap’s best attempt to communicate the local’s perspective on the feeling  of normal life in the real, grey metropolis, far flung from the I heart NY shirts, the bright lights, and tourists skipping around gleefully. “Empire State of Mind” is their New York it is not our New York. Shouldn’t Jay-Z know that? Has he lost touch? This 43-year-old hundred millionaire was moving crack at the turn of the 90s (as he loves to remind us, between songs about “redefin[ing] black power”). “Yeah, I’m from that Bed-Stuy/ Home of that boy Biggie” Jay-Z recalls, faintly, his Brooklyn heritage. “Now I live on billboards.” You said it, Hova, not me.

5. Macklemore

Macklemore (neé Ben Haggerty) has had a very recent, and very triumphant jump to the top. The Seattle-born hairdo is known for his collaboration with producer Ryan Lewis. The duo has gone double platinum as independent artists, which is an unmatched achievement in this era of music.

I encourage the public to consider the lyrical content that Macklemore brings to the music. The chorus he penned for the singer Wanz in the wonky hit song “Thrift Shop” go as follows: “I’m gonna pop some tags/ Only got twenty dollars in my pocket/I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up/This is fucking awesome.” This is probably the only song to go platinum wherein the artist basically gave up on writing the chorus halfway through. For such ham-fisted, cornball songwriting, you would hope that some of the words would at least rhyme, right? Well they do not. “Awesome,” “tags,” “come-up,” and “pocket” do not even slant rhyme.

The chorus in their only other noteworthy song, “Can’t Hold us” is more appealing, but Macklemore ruins that song, too with his red-faced flow and inane braggadocio. “I’m eating at the beat like you gave a little speed to a Great White Shark on Shark Week” he blurts out, while, ironically enough, trying desperately to keep with the breezy pace of the melody.

Even the rather wonderful, pro-gay “Same Love” is bogged down by a lack of rhythmic tidiness. Conscientiousness is hard to fit into a rap song, but M&RL have a good go at it. Still, Macklemore’s words for thought are better suited to slam poetry, in that song or any other.

Perhaps he should just let Ryan Lewis just go at it by himself with other artists on the next album, maybe?

By Sam Brounstein June 26th 2013
Maybe some of you might like a couple or all of these recording Artists,. But maybe when people write Articles about you and proclaim you as a number on a hit list or worst ever I can only imagine what anyone would do.,  you call it “Hating”  but do you really know what that means? Why cant it be the truth? When was the last time you heard a song that you could defend on an intellectual level, rather than just ” oh thats tight issh.. in your mind your probably right. But in my mind lyrics are part of the game. and this is what adolescent teenagers and up get there mind frame from, their attitudes and behavior.  please,, feel free to express your opinions,.  

Positive acts of Rappers and Hip Hop

Now people always want to concentrate on the negative things that hip hop can cause to society but how about focusing on some of the positive aspects of hip hop. Some of these rappers who are labeled as “menaces to society” are actually doing good deeds to give back to their communities and those who are less fortunate because they feel that they should encourage other kids to find a way to get out the hood or projects who are in the same situations that they were in during their youth. For example, rapper T.I. is seen here handing out toys to children at a charity event. However this i not the rappers only act of kindness and sign of being a good person. T.I.’s K.I.N.G. foundation is a charity organization that raises money for various causes and T.I. is not the only rapper who gives back to the community. The long list of rapper who care about helping those less fortunate and making the community better is probably suprising to most americans who don’t care to look at the positive things rappers do. And whats worse is that the media usually only tries to talk about the negative things going on in a rappers life so how are people supposed think otherwise when all the media does is degrade rappers as if they are the “scum” of the Earth? Rappers should not be judged as people by the lyrics they sing in songs or what they do for their job, because the luxurious lifestyles with money, cars, and woman is a part of rap, but they should be judged based on the positive things they can do for America and it’s youth. In fact a college student from Houston, Texas was asked if she felt we should maybe give rappers more credit for the good they do in for in their communities and charity and her response was simply “Sure”. So in conclusion we as Americans should take some time to ask ourselves something: Should we be blaming hip hop and rappers for the bad things that happen in America? Or should we be blaming ourselves, the parents who raised these people and failed to teach them right or wrong?

Is their anything else positive that Rap does.?

Worst Things About Rap Music

Worst Things About Rap Music

1 Egotism
How many rap songs can be basically be boiled down to “I’m the best, toughest, and hardest. Don’t agree with me, I’ll prove it”?

You really have nothing better to talk about than yourself? And how convinced am I supposed to be of your superiority that you feel you have to shoot someone in the face if they say something negative about you? No self-confident person would need to do that. In fact, the more you talk about how great you are, the more I begin to wonder who you are trying to convince, me or you.

The scary thing is that this mentality seems to be contagious and when combined with the glorification of violence, we have people murdering other people for inconsequential slights. We’ve gone from “words will never hurt me” to “stick and stones may break my bones, but words will cause me to get a bunch of friends, drive by your house, pepper it will bullets, kill you, maim your girlfriend, kill the little girl playing out front, and get myself imprisoned throughout the formative years of my adult life so I have destroyed whatever opportunity my life may have held. ”
True all the way

2 Sexism

Since the beginning of music, women in songs have been idolized. Songs have been about love and heartbreak, wooing the woman of your dreams, and the joy of being with the one you love. So much of rap is a completely different story. Sure, there are a few female rappers, but for the most part rap music unabashedly objectifies women. Instead of a woman being a person you do things with, they become a thing you do stuff to.

3 Glorification of the Gangster Mentality

Yeah, you’re bad, you know the streets, you know the plight of the people. But guess what? You’re a millionaire. You’ve made something of yourself. So why are you still acting like your entire world is shaped by the neighborhood? Instead of glorifying the gangster life and helping make sure people and the neighborhood stay the same, why not do something positive. Instead of dropping $50k on a diamond studded grill, how about building a playground for the community. Instead of paying a half a million on a Bentley, why not send a few dozen kids to college.

This nation and the world has a poor history of treating everyone equally, and there are certainly still issues today, but most people have far more influence on their lives than they would believe. Most people feel held back at some point in time and if they really examine the situation closely, they’ll realize that they are the ones working the hardest to keep themselves down.The preserve the mentality that Whitey is keeping you down, your only choice to survive is join a gang… it’s pathetic. The TRUTH is you are limitted by one thing, yourself. Obama proved you can go as far as you want in life. There are no more excuses. The fact that rappers keep the Racism issue going is lame and pathetic. Every other rap song is about how blacks are targeted by whites, especially police officers. Seriously, it’s annoying and not true. Ironically they all rap about smoking weed and doing drugs and they wonder why they get arrested/pulled over

5 Songs Bragging About Having Money

Don’t get me wrong, I love rap music. I even like some songs about making money, but only when its about the hard work and effort involved. But I hate songs that just brag about having money, and telling people that they don’t have as much. If someone is talking about getting enough money to feed their family, like Dr. Dre did in “Forgot About Dre”, then it is not bad. But someone talking about how they have a ton of money and are blowing it on stupid stuff just pisses me off.

6 Random Sounds Replacing Instruments

This is why I hate modern music. This and voice editing. I mean anyone can sing when there voice is edited. I mean rockers have electric gutairs but you still need skill to play them.Nuh! Uh! Whuh! Huh! Suh! Bruh! Gah! La! Nahh! Ah! Daa! Ma! Laa! Blaa! Why would you want this in the background instead of guitars and drums?

7 Glorification of Drug Use

It’s not the fact that rappers use drugs. After all, decades of music were influenced by mind altering chemicals. It’s that all the negative aspects of a drug culture are put on display. The use of hardcore drugs, the peddling of drugs, the violence that goes along with illegal and addictive substances. Brian Wilson may have used drugs, but he wrote about Good Vibrations and not about the years he spent confined to his bedroom sleeping and taking drugs, the deterioration of his voice and his mind, and the tragic loss it was to the music world when one of it’s most brilliant members was no longer even a functioning member of society.

8 Excessive Profanity

Yes, using the same cuss word at the end of every sentence does help make everything rhyme, but really, it’s enough already. And it’s not just that it is objectionable language. If you use ANY word that many times it sounds stupid. If rap lyrics are supposed to be an art, then excessive profanity is like only drawing pictures of vaginas. It may be amusing at first, and simple minds will have more tolerance for it, but eventually people are going to want to see a picture of a sunset.

9 Glorification of Violence

Not much really needs to be said here. The fact that rappers are killing other rappers because of something they said in a rhyme is ludicrous. 50 Cent became known because he was shot up, scarred, and lived to tell about it. It’s a sad thing that we think more of him for this than we do for the doctor who toiled through years of schooling, earned the right to be called a surgeon, and used his education and skill to save yet another person’s life.

10 Sampling

It’s one thing to cover someone else’s song. It’s another to steal bits and pieces and try to pass them off as your own. But honestly, this might be one of the more entertaining parts of listening to most rap music. It’s like a game. Try to figure out what song that hook, baseline, or chorus originally came fromus spiritually and mentally. Not every rapper is this bad but the overall aesthetic is like being violated repeatedly by someone’s ego. People become what they do in life. You get out of it what you put into it. So if all people are putting into their minds is egoism, violence, materialism, sexism, and glorifying drugs, what is the end result to their souls?



Week 5 objective 2

“Rap has to look at the bigger issues confronting society. There’s only so much “bling” the public can take.”

According to Tom Vicker, a Music Consultant. Rap has taken a serious staggering halt and continues to decline. This Article by Sam Rakoczy “Why Rap is Going Down, Down, Down, Down, Down”, has blasted Rap and its lack of creativity and originality. After reading this Sam Rakoczy Article I have formed my own opinion on such a matter. A fun fact to note from this Article is since 2000, rap sales have declined to a what in gods name of 14%.  Im not one of a math wiz, but I will tell you that if your running a business that is really bad. Especially in a business that is well renowned for sales and distribution in which their product, “Music” touches every single person in the world in one way or another. I myself have pondered the possibilities of such a backlash in which sensation is so in depth it touches your rectum. I do understand that people like what they like, but there has to be some kind of line drawn. For instance, its great you got all kinds of money, and cars and jewelry and Dirty woman who render services for money and the possibility of STDs to your liking.  Personally I don’t give shit, because minus all your highly extolled treasures rappers these days sell to impressionable teenagers with identity crisis issues they really don’t have anything intelligent to say at all. In my opinion, their is more to it and Music than a small half-ass narrow minded retard who thinks he/she is a tough one because they think they are gangster. From an Audio students perspective, your beat is so dam saturated with bass and dam snare hits that I can’t even make sense of what your saying,  Then again even without it you really don’t make any sense or positive reference to anything constructive or knowledgeable worth remembering. I stand by this to the fullest, please ,. Am I right or wrong. i invite any of you to share your thoughts on this. by Sam Rakoczy

Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC today’s hip-hop culture ‘disrespectful and immature’

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Run-D.M.C. rapper calls today’s hip-hop culture ‘disrespectful and immature’


Run-D.M.C. star Darryl McDaniels has launched a scathing attack on modern hip-hop music, accusing today’s rappers of popularizing gun and drug culture.

The hip-hop pioneer says too many current chart stars focus on negative themes in their music, without making any tracks with a positive message, and justify it by comparing their work to Hollywood movies.

He tells Britain’s Metro newspaper, “A rapper will use this excuse — ‘Man they don’t go after Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis when they make their violent movies’ and I go ‘If you’re going to use that excuse get off the mic, don’t produce. I’ll personally kick your a– out of hip-hop ’cause if you’re using that excuse, go be an actor.'”

McDaniels told the paper that his group made some negative records during their heyday, but they also put out positive releases too.

“If you make a record about a gun, on that very same record or album there’s gotta be a record about not using a gun. If you’re making a record on the b–ch or the h–s (sic), there’s got to be a record about your aunt who worked all of the days of her life to send all her children to college,” he said. “It seems like stupid America celebrates a person that says ‘Yeah I’m a drug dealer, I’m bringing the drugs into the hood.’ The reason why hip-hop exists is because it started out with good intentions; once all the good intentions left, the music became polluted, it became disrespectful, it became immature.”

McDaniels also criticizes the quality of many modern records, adding, “98 percent of hip-hop music that’s out now I say is just bad demos. … If you want to see real hip-hop you gotta go to concerts and festivals because hip-hop on (the) radio sucks.”

Rap just sucks, plain and simple

I watched the Grammys Sunday — not that anyone cares.

But if you ask me, it was gauche. LL Cool J reminded us why he should stick to bodybuilding, or whatever makes him so muscular.

Taylor Swift reminded us why her exes probably would never ever want to get back together with her, either.

Chris Brown reminded us that you can beat the hell out of a woman and still get nominated for a Grammy four years later.

I don’t understand our culture’s morbid obsession with awful music. I don’t understand why we worship these stodgy, talentless clowns. I don’t understand how we listen to their disgusting lyrics and then rationally admire them, whether it’s by following them on Twitter or purchasing their songs on iTunes (or converting them from YouTube).

Sure, it isn’t all of them, but it’s most of them. Music is something that is subjective, and I understand that. In terms of taste, it differs from generation to generation, from society to society and even from race to race.

Like Obama’s view on gay marriage, it’s constantly evolving — which we can all be thankful for.

Soon, Fun. will disappear like the Jonas Brothers, Rihanna will be the next Whitney Houston and Drake will return to acting or high school, whichever comes first.

Without war, anti-war activists would have absolutely nothing to whine about, and I feel the same way about music: Without it, I would have nothing or nobody to make fun of.

Like I said earlier, music is relative, and therefore it’s impossible to define what objectively sounds the best.

For example, I could argue that Jimmy Page played the best guitar solo of all time in “Stairway to Heaven,” but somebody else may say that it was Jimi Hendrix’s solo in “All Along the Watchtower,” Eddie Van Halen’s in “Eruption” or neither of the three.

But if there is something that we can all agree is the best, it’s this: the content of the lyrics. No one can deny that Bob Dylan, according to Rolling Stone readers, was the best songwriters of all time. Meanwhile, everyone can admit that the rap industry is characterized by some of the most inarticulate and unintelligible lyricists who confuse clever wordplay and humorous puns for childish metaphors and lay-z innuendos.

I’ll be honest with you. I can’t stand rap. I believe that it is the most profligate and ignoble profession of all.

Rappers spew filth and objectify women. They glorify violence and promote drug use. Paradoxically, they are the most outspoken about the War in Iraq and women’s rights — and so are their listeners.

There’s nothing that I enjoy more than the feminist who bops her head to sexist lyrics or the lefty who listens to filthy, untalented thugs. These are the same people who criticized Todd Akin because he said “legitimate rape” and chided Mitt Romney because he mentioned “binders full of women.”

If only Romney had sang it, featuring rapper Akin, then he would have been a potential nominee Sunday night at the Grammys. And maybe he would be our president.

Their freedom to express themselves trumps the negative influence their songs have on teenagers and the college-aged.

If we have the power to tax carbon monoxide emissions or to socialize health care, then wouldn’t it make sense to regulate their morally repugnant verbiage by tacking on a surcharge every time they sing something obscene, or make some idiotic reference to the Illuminati — whatever that is.

I’m certainly joking, but imagine how many Planned Parenthood clinics would lose business if teenagers weren’t manipulated by disparaging, undereducated pigs who encouraged fans to sleep around, mistreat women and, uh, vote for the current president.

Does that make me out of touch?

Erik Skipper is an economics sophomore at UF. His column runs Wednesdays. You can contact him via