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Hip Hop; poetry/art or garbage?

Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET 2012/05/09 13:22:29
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"My Soul"


[Intro:]
No souls to sell here mate...
They say The fool thinks himself to be wise man, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
I say that, to say this...

[Chorus:]
You might take my life,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my freedom,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my life,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my freedom,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

[Verse 1:]
They can't use my music to advertise for Coca Cola
They can't use my music to advertise for Motorola
They can't use my music to advertise for anything
The truth, I guess that's the reason the industry won't let me in
Refuse to be a product or brand, I'm human
Refuse to contribute to the gangster Illusion
Whether I'm number One, Number two, or Number Three
I'm unique and there will never be another me
And there will never be another you
Be proud of who you are, don't copy what the others do
They are not superior, you are not inferior
When we realize that is gonna be hysteria
Not commercial, always controversial what my pen has written
When they listen many have risen from the mental prison
That's why you don't see my face upon the television
But every time I try to sleep I hear the devil singing

[Chorus:]
You might take my life,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my freedom,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my life,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my freedom,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

[Verse 2:]
They can't use my music to advertise your watch or your car
Can't use it to advertise the drink you got at the bar
Can't use my music to advertise for anything
The truth, I guess that's the reason the industry won't let me in

My Integrity is the reason I'm thinking separately
Keep your three-sixty I can do this independently
It's likely I'm quite mad (why?)
Cause I say with ease slavery gave the streets Nikey's and I-pads
They don't like my rhymes, see my style is like a lecture
But I'd rather die, than smile with my oppressor
I'm an honourable student, with the facts and you're Ju-dish
Your not Hip Hop or Grime, your just McDonald's music

Not commercial, always controversial what my pen has written
When they listen many have risen from the mental prison
That's why you don't see my face upon the television
But every time I try to sleep I hear the devil singing

[Chorus: x2]
You might take my life,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my freedom,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my life,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!

You might take my freedom,
But you can't take my soul!
You can't take my soul!
2Pac

"Brenda's Got A Baby"

Brenda's got a Baby
Brenda's got a Baby

I hear Brenda's got a baby
But, Brenda's barely got a brain
A damn shame
The girl can hardly spell her name
(That's not our problem, that's up to Brenda's family)
Well let me show ya how it affects the whole community
Now Brenda really never knew her moms and her dad was a
junky
Went in death to his arms, it's sad
Cause I bet Brenda doesn't even know
Just cause your in the ghetto doesn't mean ya can't grow
But oh, that's a thought, my own revelation
Do whatever it takes to resist the temptation
Brenda got herself a boyfriend
Her boyfriend was her cousin, now lets watch the joy end
She tried to hide her pregnancy, from her family
Who didn't really care to see, or give a damn if she
Went out and had a church of kids
As long as when the check came they got first dibs
Now Brenda's belly is gettin bigger
But no one seems to notice any change in her figure
She's 12 years old and she's having a baby
In love with the molester, who's sexing her crazy
And yet she thinks that he'll be with her forever
And dreams of a world with the two of them are together,
whatever
He left her and she had the baby solo, she had it on the
bathroom floor
And didn't know so, she didn't know, what to throw away and
what to keep
She wrapped the baby up and threw him in the trash heep
I guess she thought she'd get away
Wouldn't hear the cries
She didn't realize
How much the the little baby had her eyes
Now the baby's in the trash heep balling
Momma can't help her, but it hurts to hear her calling
Brenda wants to run away
Momma say, you makin' me lose pay, the social workers here
everyday
Now Brenda's gotta make her own way
Can't go to her family, they won't let her stay
No money no babysitter, she couldn't keep a job
She tried to sell crack, but end up getting robbed
So now what's next, there ain't nothing left to sell
So she sees sex as a way of leaving hell
It's paying the rent, so she really can't complain
Prostitute, found slain, and Brenda's her name, she's got a baby

Baby

(don't you know she's got a baby)
(don't you know she's got a baby)
(don't you know she's got a baby)
(don't you know she's got a baby)
(don't you know she's got a baby)
(don't you know she's got a baby)
Nas

"I Can"


[Kids]
I know I can (I know I can)
Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)
If I work hard at it (If I work hard at it)
I'll be where I wanna be (I'll be where I wanna be)

[Nas]
Be, B-Boys and girls, listen up
You can be anything in the world, in God we trust
An architect, doctor, maybe an actress
But nothing comes easy it takes much practice
Like, I met a woman who's becoming a star
She was very beautiful, leaving people in awe
Singing songs, Lina Horn, but the younger version
Hung with the wrong person
Got her strung on that
Heroin, cocaine, sniffin up drugs all in her nose...
Coulda died, so young, now looks ugly and old
No fun cause now when she reaches for hugs people hold they breath
Cause she smells of corrosion and death
Watch the company you keep and the crowd you bring
Cause they came to do drugs and you came to sing
So if you gonna be the best, I'ma tell you how,
Put your hands in the air, and take a vow

[Chorus - 2x (Nas and Kids)]
I know I can (I know I can)
Be what I wanna be (be what I wanna be)
If I work hard at it (If I work hard at it)
I'll be where I wanna be (I'll be where I wanna be)

[Nas]
Be, B-Boys and girls, listen again
This is for grown looking girls who's only ten
The ones who watch videos and do what they see
As cute as can be, up in the club with fake ID
Careful, 'fore you meet a man with HIV
You can host the TV like Oprah Winfrey
Whatever you decide, be careful, some men be
Rapists, so act your age, don't pretend to be
Older than you are, give yourself time to grow
You thinking he can give you wealth, but so
Young boys, you can use a lot of help, you know
You thinkin life's all about smokin weed and ice
You don't wanna be my age and can't read and write
Begging different women for a place to sleep at night
Smart boys turn to men and do whatever they wish
If you believe you can achieve, then say it like this

[Chorus]

[Nas]
Be, be, 'fore we came to this country
We were kings and queens, never porch monkeys
There was empires in Africa called Kush
Timbuktu, where every race came to get books
To learn from black teachers who taught Greeks and Romans
Asian Arabs and gave them gold when
Gold was converted to money it all changed
Money then became empowerment for Europeans
The Persian military invaded
They heard about the gold, the teachings, and everything sacred
Africa was almost robbed naked
Slavery was money, so they began making slave ships
Egypt was the place that Alexander the Great went
He was so shocked at the mountains with black faces
Shot up they nose to impose what basically
Still goes on today, you see?
If the truth is told, the youth can grow
Then learn to survive until they gain control
Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes
Read more learn more, change the globe
Ghetto children, do your thing
Hold your head up, little man, you're a king
Young Princess when you get your wedding ring
Your man is saying "She's my queen"

[Chorus]

Save the music y'all, save the music y'all
Save the music y'all, save the music y'all
Save the music
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Top Opinion

  • lokey 2012/05/09 13:36:18
    Other
    lokey
    +7
    mainstream hip-hop = mostly garbage
    underground hip-hop = mostly good

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  • Latti I... Ballade... 2012/05/09 15:14:50
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +6
    As I thought tunnel vision and no comprehension that there can be the positive and negative. I'm not surprised by your statement; as for cherry picking, not at all. I know the lyrics to the songs I listen to.
  • Melizmatic Latti I... 2012/05/09 15:35:48
    Melizmatic
    +6
    Every time I read the ceaseless myopic ignorance of certain people, I thank God for having left Ohio.

    SMH

    free at last
  • Ballade... Latti I... 2012/05/09 21:53:08
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    doesn't negate the filthy lyrics that are out there...
  • Latti I... Ballade... 2012/05/09 22:01:54
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    Doesn't negate from the positive lyrics that are out there as well.
  • Ballade... Latti I... 2012/05/09 22:04:11
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    really??? why not?...my music is attacked on a fairly regular basis it's synonymous now with incest, and homosexual rape.by the socalled 'enlightened urban and suburban (limited) Mindset...and i'm suppose to accept rap and all it's filth?
  • Latti I... Ballade... 2012/05/09 22:13:33
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    Let's see; your genre is attacked unfairly, which is why it's ok to attack another? What sense does that make? There is positive and negative in all music genre's. There are amazing artists and mediocre imposters in all music genres. It is up to the individual to decide which one they will listen to.
  • Ballade... Latti I... 2012/05/09 22:18:25
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    make a deal with you when the" Deliverance' jokes stop about my folk music when i get an apology for 35 years of insults I will ACCEPT (c)rap as an 'art' form
  • Figment Ballade... 2012/05/10 00:18:54
    Figment
    +1
    Folk music has nothing to do with incest or rape. Or at least I don't think so. There are a lot of ignorant people.
  • Latti I... Figment 2012/05/10 00:21:32
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +1
    That's what I'm thinking; I have never in my life heard anyone describe Folk music as such.
  • Figment Latti I... 2012/05/10 00:28:26
    Figment
    +1
    I've heard it about Bluegrass once.
  • Ballade... Figment 2012/05/10 00:49:44
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    once? that's funny everytime I pull out my 5 string i hear a snicker and young people miming the playing of the banjo with a sick grin on their face
  • Ballade... Latti I... 2012/05/10 00:48:56
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +1
    I pick a five string banjo what do YOU think?..NOW how about this from the bigots of popular music I am performing a song of Irish History....i am reported to the sponsers WHY i was accused of singing a 'racist song'..about Afican-Americans and latinos...the title of the song?..'Come Out Ye Black and Tans"....i had to explain about the royal Constabulary auxillery...ANOTHER outrage you modern musical bigots need to address....i know about you (c)rap in fremont, ohio it's played at a level that rattles windows....I'm practicing on my front porch with a 75 watt sound system.......guerss who has the cops at his door...come on take a wild guess
  • Brother Bo 2012/05/09 14:36:25
    Other
    Brother Bo
    +1
    "Be proud of who you are, don't copy what the others do" this line from the first verse kinda says it all for me. He's trying to be "unique" by doing the same thing other no-talent rappers do. They put together a bunch of words they can say to a beat and think they are being "Relevant and Meaningful". He says "I'm unique and there will never be another me"
    I certainly hope not, because there are already thousands of others out there trying to be unique in the exact same way, hoping to get rich by selling their rhymes instead of doing honest work.
    PS: I'm not impressed.
  • Latti I... Brother Bo 2012/05/09 14:39:02 (edited)
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +6
    You obviously didn't comprehend the meaning of that song, which is disappointing.

    "Refuse to be a product or brand, I'm human
    Refuse to contribute to the gangster Illusion
    Whether I'm number One, Number two, or Number Three
    I'm unique and there will never be another me
    And there will never be another you
    Be proud of who you are, don't copy what the others do
    They are not superior, you are not inferior
    When we realize that is gonna be hysteria"

  • Brother Bo Latti I... 2012/05/09 15:01:47
    Brother Bo
    +1
    Maybe I'm just too (actual) Old School to appreciate the medium. Rap was party and fun when it started (Curtis Blow, Sugar Hill, etc) then it all turned dark and morbid. There is nor more fun in rap.
  • Anonymousforobvious 2012/05/09 14:34:38
  • Latti I... Anonymo... 2012/05/09 14:36:12 (edited)
  • Anonymo... Latti I... 2012/05/09 15:36:57
    Anonymousforobvious
    You do realise when i said 'it' i was referring to hip hop in general, not your song/poem.
  • Latti I... Anonymo... 2012/05/09 15:38:26
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +2
    Those lyrics/poems contain to Hip Hop.
  • Anonymo... Latti I... 2012/05/09 15:44:39
    Anonymousforobvious
    You know saying general isn't the same as saying all. Just thought you'd like to know.
  • Latti I... Anonymo... 2012/05/09 15:48:30
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +2
    I do know that, which is why I usually have to reiterate to people; there is a difference between mainstream and underground.
  • Anonymo... Latti I... 2012/05/09 15:52:27
    Anonymousforobvious
    What made you think you needed to reiterate the difference?
  • Latti I... Anonymo... 2012/05/09 15:53:30 (edited)
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +2
    From discussing this topic to people.
  • Anonymo... Latti I... 2012/05/09 16:04:30
    Anonymousforobvious
    Fair enough, just wondering seeing as i never implied anything about underground.
  • Melizmatic Anonymo... 2012/05/09 15:32:42
    Melizmatic
    +5
    And that's not the case with much of today's "popular" music?
  • Latti I... Melizmatic 2012/05/09 15:35:02
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +4
    I know right?

    tunnel vision
  • Melizmatic Latti I... 2012/05/09 15:36:15
  • Anonymo... Melizmatic 2012/05/09 15:37:22
    Anonymousforobvious
    Certainly is, never implied it wasn't.
  • Melizmatic Anonymo... 2012/05/09 19:56:07
    Melizmatic
    +2
    And I didn't imply that you had; I was merely making a valid point.

    The lyrical content of most contemporary music has declined drastically, regardless to genre.
  • robbt1 2012/05/09 14:21:19
    Other
    robbt1
    +4
    There's a lot of hip hop that's legitimate, emotion-driven artistic form. Then there's Soulja Boy.
  • Latti I... robbt1 2012/05/09 14:21:53
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +4
    lol Yup.
  • Melizmatic robbt1 2012/05/09 15:32:11
    Melizmatic
    +5
    Excellent point.
  • Katheri... robbt1 2012/05/09 19:14:08
    Katherine the Renaissance Woman
    +3
    Funny enough, I find Soulja Boy's stuff very catchy. :D
  • Latti I... Katheri... 2012/05/09 19:15:10
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +3
    <_< :P lol
  • Katheri... Latti I... 2012/05/09 19:57:19
    Katherine the Renaissance Woman
    +1
    ^-^ I like dancing to it.

    "She got a donkkk she got a donkkk she got donk she got donk she got donk she got donk..." :P
  • Latti I... Katheri... 2012/05/09 19:57:55
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +1
    LMAO!!! No harm K ;-)
  • BoomLover 2012/05/09 14:13:22
    Other
    BoomLover
    +2
    Read the whole thing, and it's good...most of what I hear isn't....Thanks for posting it!
  • Tank 2012/05/09 13:52:04
    Poetry/Art
    Tank
    +3
    Though I think you could probably have correctly guessed how I feel about it already :)

    Though, why is Oprah Winfrey a related topic to this question? ;)
  • robbt1 Tank 2012/05/09 14:24:25
    robbt1
    +2
    Oprah talked trash about hip-hip & rap on her show a few times. T.I. made fun of her for it on the T.I. vs T.I.P. album. The track in question is "Touchdown" and features Eminem. Worth a listen.
  • Tank robbt1 2012/05/09 15:09:46
    Tank
    +2
    Thanks :) (I wouldn't know what Oprah talks trash about, as I'm English and probably wouldn't watch it anyway) I'll look it up.

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