I was reading this article on Lil Wayne on CNN today when, against my better judgement, I browsed the comments. I’ll admit this was a mistake, as comment sections are usually the sick ignorant underbelly of the Internet (except on this site, of course, where all my commentors are fine, upstanding pillars of community).
What shocked me in the comments was the people who claimed “rap isn’t music”? Are we really still having these kind of discussions? 30 years after rock entered the mainstream, did we question whether it was music? What about jazz? Gospel? Blues? Even heavy metal gets more respect by the close-minded than hip-hop.
As much as I should disregard the incoherent babblings of ignorant CNN commentor, I do think that his or her opinion is far from unordinary. Here is a question: how many white middle class over-30 friends do you know who admit hip-hop is their favorite type of music? How many of them won’t admit it for fear that they might get the “that’s not white people music” look? How many of them fold like the dude in Office Space and claim they like radio-friendly alternative rock or country?
What do you think? Are we at a point yet in America where it is socially acceptable for middle class or even upper class white folks to be legitimate rap fans? Or are those people still seen as “wannabes” and “posers”?
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