O' shizzle! can't ignore the real dizzle. RAP MUSIC!
Do I like rap? No.
I do recognize that the rock music I listened to was considered vulgar, crotch grabbing, demeaning to women, inciting violence, etc- all the stuff they say about rap today.
Remember Judas Priest on trial?
Tipper Gore and parental advisorys?
If you're a little older Elvis being shown from thee waist up on tv?
Nothing has changed, just the style of the pop music. (which was never thee works of Shakespeare- 90% of it is "she done him right/done him wrong")
Our kids will think their kids music is crap too, guaranteed.
Seems to me that that sort of result goes hand-in-hand with embracing the "Thug Life".
And I don't consider myself a prude, by any means, but add the "gangsta" mentality that seems part and parcel of many, if not most, rap albums (which have to be "Explicit Content" labeled), I just can't get with the whole culture.
Back when I came of age in the late '60's-to-early-'70's, there was no shortage of music that promoted cultural revolution and such, but the motivation behind it was to promote general peace and harmony, whereas today's rap / hip-hop seems to simply promote self-serving hedonism and debauchery.
What might I be missing here?
In fact, I've really tried to listen to it and better understand what it's about, but the pervasive anger and what seems to be malicious content proves to be too much for my sensibilities. I don't want to be like my old man (a product of the Great Depression and WWII USMC), who, upon hearing "Paint it Black" back in '66, ridiculed it as sounding like "tribal chant garbage", presumably as a function of his affinity for '40's era Big Band music.
But in the end, now that I'm in my mid-60's, it may be a case of a generation gap being too wide to cross, I dunno.
I do kinda like the hook in Jump Around, though, it's pretty catchy!