I’m placing this in the GD forum because discussions are a little more civil, usually, than the BBQ Pit. If this gets out of hand, as I know it will, Mods, feel free to move it to the pit.
Alright, this is what I’m looking for. Can someone give me one good reason that rap music cannot be music? Just one, just one little reason. But this reason must make sense. If you go off on some tangent about how, “I just don’t get the lyrics” or "How could someone saying’ “Bitch ass Ni**a wit a gat…” be music? Well then your only showing your ingnorance. - That’s your choice.
This is where I’m coming from. Everytime I put on a music channel and there’s some rap music playing, my father insists that it’s not music because their not singing, their rapping and that’s just talking really. Really? Rapping and singing both have to have melody in them to work. Talking is totally different than rapping. If you don’t think so, well, your mentally impaired. (I don’t mean that my father is mentally impaired, just ignorant of the facts, more or less he’s just prejudice to understanding what it’s about. As most people are.)
“They don’t know how to play instruments”. Here’s a lame ass exuse for saying that Rap Music isn’t music, if I ever heard one. I guess whistling or tapping a pencil on my desk isn’t music right? Does it really matter where the music comes from? Whether it’s beat boxin’ or using samplers to makes loops, when you hear the final product, is there no beat? Can you not tap your foot to it? It certainly isn’t any different than rock. It’s has the same amount of repetitions as rock. 4, 6, or 8 beats, or whatever you prefer. The beat is there.
“But there’s no sheet music”. Moron. You do NOT need sheet music to make music. Try telling that to Tom Morello. You think every top 40 hit had sheet music, you are so wrong, so wrong. My father claims that all bands must have sheet music. Then he’s goes to websites to prove me wrong. What he fails to realize is that any kind of music can be converted to paper sheet music, if someone really wanted to. Even if the original music was never written down, it can still be transposed to sheet music. This goes for rap music too. Every violin loop, piano loop, drum loop or what have you, can be put down on paper. Can it not? Now what, what?
I can certainly understand your dislike for rap music, because for the most part it consists of foul language and a rather loud and fast paced beat, and unfortunetly for some of you “black people do it”. Assholes. And i’m fine with your opinion except for the latter. But this does NOT mean that its not music on any playing field.