I have seen all sorts of commentary from bloggers and others about Hip Hop music. I have read apologists and I have read those who hate Hip Hop. I have listened to the dialogue about the state of Hip Hop for a pretty long time now.
Today though something occurred to me that I'm not sure I've heard before. I'm sure someone has discussed this, I just haven't heard it.
My thought was how absurd Hip Hop music is. It's so absurd that it's almost funny. Obviously certain elements of it aren't funny. Such as the racist and misogynist elements. But over-all Hip Hop music is, well stupid. It's ridiculous.
I am hard pressed to believe that there are people who actually believe that today's Hip Hop is authentic in any way. How sheltered a life must someone live to believe that Lil' Jon is authentic? How sheltered a life must one live not to realize that Lil' Jon is a stereotype come to life with the help of corporate America?
How sheltered must one be to think that these rappers with cartoon character names are real?
Are a bunch of thousandaires pretending to be pimps authentic? Are a bunch of rappers pretending to own homes and Bentleys that they are actually leasing for the day of a MTV Cribs shoot authentic?
Let's face it at least 75% of Hip Hop music buyers are non - African Americans. So if these people who buy Hip Hop think that what they are listening to is authentic, what does that say about them?
Are they just dumb or do they have so little contact with actual Black people that that they don't know any better than to believe these rappers are real? At a certain point doesn't common sense kick in?
Rap music has become nothing more than the theater of the absurd.
What do you think?