My 13 year old son has gotten into rap music and I'm pretty excited. Growing up, when I hit the teenage years I was obsessed with Tupac and Biggie, Dr Dre and Ice Cube, the usual guys.
However, rap music today is much different. The rap music my husband and I remember, and still listen to today, has relevant messages of systemic problems in our nations rapped very eloquently from the masters of their craft. Now? Now, the music, I guess if we're calling it that, is quite auto-tuned.
Not to mention, without a good, solid message. The rap music now has the rappers speaking very poorly of women and touting money to get whatever they want. It isn't something I want my son to invest time in to, but I can't really ban him from listening to it. All my husband and I can do is introduce him to our rap music.
We can show him what talent really is and what it looks like. While I understand appreciating talent is subjective, there is a line to be drawn here, so I'm drawing it for my son.
I hope he realizes that the rap music he is listening to is sub par compared to the rap music of the greats.
Biggie Smalls-- The Notorious BIG
Ice Cube is amazing!
Eazy-E, gone way too soon.
Tupac was such a legend.
NWA-- one of the best albums.
I cannot stand Drake.
Dr. Dre has been an influence
“We can show him what talent really is and what it looks like”
My son has started a square dancing unit at school. I looked into it, and what I ended up finding was appalling. Square dancing in schools is directly linked with white supremacy. I am not kidding. I wish I was kidding.
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