Skip to comments.Moms vs. Hip-Hop
Posted on 10/20/2006 10:57:46 AM PDT by qam1
Middle age has been disturbing for people of the baby-boomer rock-and-roll generation, waiting with dread for the day when Mick Jagger wanders on stage with a walker. Rock music of the Rolling Stones vintage is now in danger of being seen as Muzak for retirees. You can certainly hear it at the supermarket.
Rap music and the hip-hop culture is about 25 years younger than rock, and believe it or not, its happening there, too. Todays children are now beginning to look askance at their parents for liking "old school" rap rather than todays truly toxic stuff. The Washington Post captured a bit of this horror from Generation X when Post reporter Lonnae ONeal Parker wrote a piece for the Sunday "Outlook" section titled "Why I Gave Up on Hip-Hop."
Born in 1967 in the middle-class southern suburbs of Chicago, Parker described the liberating nature of the early rap tunes for young blacks. She recalled getting in a musical shouting match on the school bus with the white students, "transfixed by our newfound ability to drown out their nullification." At first it was a vehicle for racial pride, but then it all changed. Rap was transformed into a musical ghetto for gangsters and pimps, and Parker sadly concluded, " I could no longer nod my head to the misogyny or keep time to the vapid materialism of another rap song."
In raising her two daughters, Parker had one very definitive image in mind capturing whats wrong with todays dominant trend in hip hop. At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, rappers Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent added pomp to the song "P.I.M.P." by featuring black women on leashes being walked onstage. This past August, she added, MTV-2 aired an episode of the cartoon "Where My Dogs At," which had Snoop Dogg again leading two black bikini-clad women around on leashes. She explained: "They squatted on their hands and knees, scratched themselves and defecated. The president of the network, a black woman, defended this as satire."
And the audience, mostly teenaged boys and girls, thought this was wonderful.
To protest the glamorization of the gangsta, itching to kill, loaded with bling, and treating every woman like a subhuman plaything, Parker and her friends protested, including the printing of T-shirts for girls with messages like "You look better without the bullet holes" and "Put the guns down" and "You want this? Graduate!"
Its easy for parents to get discouraged. But in an online discussion on washingtonpost.com, Parker argued that her loving, determined, "old school" parental pressure on her daughters is more than a match for peer pressure and the popular culture. "I just keep playing my music, reinforcing my lessons, repeating my rhymes. My kids will hear whatever on the streets, but not in their mommas house. Ultimately, it's my voice they'll hear in their heads until they grow old. Ultimately it's my voice that's more powerful."
A few days later, the Post added another reporters voice to the mix, another example of a black woman who loves the music, but rejects the reigning message. But Natalie Hopkinson saw it in a different, more racially conspiratorial light. She wrote about how she reacted in horror when a middle-aged white female professor of hers said her five-year-old son Maverick was a fine boy and added, "I just cant wait to watch him grow up and see his wonderful career as a rap star."
The horror was understandable, but the edge of paranoia creeped into the article. Hopkinson didnt think the remark was innocent, but "confirmation" of a "conspiracy to destroy black boys," citing an author named Jawanza Kunjufu. (His book by that title is harsher. He calls it "genocide.")
Seeing in a seemingly innocent and admiring remark a desire to keep black men oppressed -- or worse, dead is jaw-dropping. Like Parker, Hopkinson wants to do a balancing act, to raise her son to be proud of black culture without buying "the Foul-Mouth Hip Hop Star CD." But her hostility against whites is nothing like Parkers acknowledgment of a cultural problem raging across the races. Parker noted that white children are just as likely to subsidize and memorize the fouler brands of todays hip-hop.
It might be controversial for mothers to fight for their daughters and their sons from a culture that glamorizes garbage. But fighting against the grain of music that places the stamp of "cool" on violent crime, greed, and misogyny is laudable work for mothers and fathers, black and white.
Rock and roll is dead man. It's been dead for years. My 17 year old son likes my old records. Zepplin, Cream etc.
Teach the kids personal responsibility and everything else will fall into place.
Evil white man BTTT.
"Rock and roll is dead man."
Yep. Every now and then a decent band will show up but as a genre, it's dead.
Thank God my daughter likes everything from Bach to Linkin Park but does not listen to garbage. (well, except some of that thrash metal crud). She is a classical musician so she knows music from meritless noise.
Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.
Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details and previous articles.
Pop music has hit a dead end, in my view. The future is in niches.
"She recalled getting in a musical shouting match on the school bus with the white students, "transfixed by our newfound ability to drown out their nullification.""
I guess that's a difference between the north and south. Old hip-hop was more of a unifying force in our school in the early 80's. I don't remember being "transfixed by (blacks) newfound ability to drown out (whites) nullification". I remember black kids being pleasantly surprized that we liked the early hip-hop. I have a CD of old-school-rap in my changer right now.
I agree with you 100%. My pre-teenage kids can't even listen to the new 'so-called' pop music out now. Everything is fusion music or teeny-pop that just does not have lasting appeal or a solid fan-core base.
Anyway, I just listen to my generation of music with a toouch of nistalgia and am good to go. :)
Thrash metal is not garbage. Using an example, Iced Earth "The glorious burden"
Also take what i say with a grain of salt, I am a Freeper metalhead.
Creed - My Own Prison...oh, damn, that was almost 10 years ago, already...damn...
Check out Social Distortion...
My daughter (in her mid-twenties) and SIL went to the ACL Music Festival to see none other than Tom Petty (Or as I like to call them, TP and the HBs). A few years back, they went to SA to see AC/DC. Rock and Roll never really dies, it just gets recycled for a younger generation.
There's a new The Who album coming out in a few weeks.
>>>The horror was understandable, but the edge of paranoia creeped into the article. Hopkinson didnt think the remark was innocent, but "confirmation" of a "conspiracy to destroy black boys," citing an author named Jawanza Kunjufu. (His book by that title is harsher. He calls it "genocide.") >>>
Let me get this straight. So the demoralization of the young black people in America is the fault of white people who held guns to young black people's head to force them to wear 'bling' and spout nasty, racist, sexist, disgusting lyrics to entice other youth's to copy and repeat? It's a WHITE PERSON CONSPIRACY??? But if a white person spoke out against this black "CULTURE", they would immediately be called a racist???
I've heard it all now.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.