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Oh the pain [Oct. 1st, 2013|12:58 am]
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So, do I win my award for father of the year yet?

One of the things I like doing is introducing my kids to all sorts of different stuff.  They've been exposed to a variety of artists, song, and music styles - classical, Dutch progressive metal, pop, rock, The Beatles, Elvis, Big Pig, Jean Michel Jarre, blues, show tunes, Indian, Celtic, The Residents, the KLF, country and western, a good range of stuff from the 1930s to now...  It's all in an effort to let them find their own loves and likes by giving them the broadest possible base.

And it's worked well.  They like a big range of stuff, but I've been aware of a couple of big gaps.  So I've done some research, and am starting to go through a chunk of stuff I'm unfamiliar with in order to have some around for them.

I'm speaking of... rap.

So I did some reading up to find artists whose work wasn't filled with profanity, sex, drugs, or belittlement of women.  And now I'm going through some of it.  Oh my god, I really do hate it.

Not all rap, I've always had one or two songs I liked, but I was never fond of the vast majority, and yeah, this is like pulling teeth - by reaching in through my ears with large pointy spinning things.  Covered in steel wool.

And lemon juice.

I don't mind it musically.  But so much of the songs seem to be, "I'm going to sing on this subject, mention my name numerous times, talk about how amazingly awesome I am, how much better I am than everyone else, and here's a little bit more on the subject, and by the way I'm sooooo amazing."

And all I can think is that people who are really good at something - jokes, sex, fighting, writing, cooking, science, tiddly-winks - don't need to keep bloody telling you. So much rap seems to be sung by wannabe tough guys and Lotharios telling you how great they are.  It just makes me want to chuck.

Kids, if in the far off distant future you're reading about this - you bloody owe me!

[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2013-09-30 03:25 pm (UTC)
On the whole I'm not fond of it either, for most of the reasons you have stated. At least the old chanted stories had you know, some narrative. But if you're looking for some that contains less of the problematic stuff while still sounding like rap, maybe somewhere like http://rhymenlearn.com/ for some science and math based rap.
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2013-09-30 07:50 pm (UTC)
My understanding is the older stuff pre-gansta rap (which is what most people think of with (c)rap music) is more... friendly.

Have you tried Butterfingers? Not sure if he comes under rap or hip hop, but he tends to do the more humorous stuff about his life. Also, Australian.
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[User Picture]From: dcrisp
2013-09-30 08:47 pm (UTC)
I have always thought Rap was one letter missing away from Crap. I've never liked it. Probably because of the contents you outlined.

I would have thought that after having included almost every other style of music, Not including Rap music would not be considered a bad thing. Limited exposure, gloss over it, and move back to the really good music.
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[User Picture]From: pre_vet_girl
2013-09-30 09:45 pm (UTC)
If you look on YouTube their are some statistics rap songs put together by Uni students. Teach your kids statistical analysis while exposing them to different music types.
I'm sure there's other education based ones too. They may be slightly less objectionable.
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[User Picture]From: rendragyn
2013-10-01 07:35 am (UTC)
Perhaps try Hilltop Hoods and Seth Sentry? Not quite classic rap, but much easier to listen to. Eminem is also more lyrical and less "I'm so good and diss everything else"
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[User Picture]From: bunnikins
2013-10-03 09:40 am (UTC)
I like rap. Most of what I listen to (not a huge variety, honestly) is probably not what you're looking for at all, because I like the stuff with bad words and scantily clad women seem to be unavoidable in the clips for the songs I like, so I'm probably not a lot of help. You might try Thundamentals or Bliss n Eso, although I think they'll fail at least a couple of your points.

For your own enjoyment though, and absolutely Not Safe For Work Or Children, may I recommend Die Antwoord? They're a rap group from South Africa, and their videos are...mindblowingly odd. You really have to see to believe, I can't describe them.



Edited at 2013-10-03 09:41 am (UTC)
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