Monday, May 26, 2008

The African American Down South Lifestyle & Music


The south is a new experience for me, being from Detroit and all... however there is a lot of evidence of why 1) the music is not creative 2) their on Youtube arguing over TI not being from Bankhead and 3) most north and west coast people don't respect them... if you feel disrespected, by all means don't read my blog:-)

Well, yesterday my mom and I were grilling some meat at the apartment communities grill; there were some little boys over there too, ages ranging from 5 - 11, they were talking and there were two boys that had a dark skin tone and about three that were light toned and the rest medium brown toned. OK, again I'm from the north... you will find those that stereotype African American skin tones but its very rare. Getting back on subject, these little boys were teasing the darkest little boy calling him "black" and saying " your blacker than this or that" and the lighter toned little boy said "Yea, and I'm the lightest one", in which they treated him like he was above average. My mom and I just looked at each other, very disappointed.

We have been in Atlanta for two years now, and the African American natives of the south have a very different mind frame from those of the north or west coast. That's when I thought that this is the reason why majority Rap Artist from the south are not lyrical, speaking on TRUE facts, no CREATIVITY, and they think that HIP HOP is about street credit when its not.

I am in love with my music, specifically Hip Hop & RnB from 2004 and back. I go on Youtube every other day to check out whats new in music, and I always stumble over a new video from Shawty Lo... walking through Bankhead searching for T.I., offering money for T.I.'s high school yearbook photo, and so on lol. Why is hip hop dying, first of all his lyrics are lame, let alone he has no kind of flow, and raps about the same shit, and its very irritating that the new generation of children will think that this is what Hip Hop is when its far from that! Personally, T.I. is just one of those artist thats saving Hip Hop right now.

My whole point on this south thing is that their lifestyle shows in the music that they make. They think that Hip Hop means you've been to prison, been shot, sold drugs, etc... and their not looking at TALENT... writing skills, story telling, can you picture what this rapper is talking about in your head? Are they painting a picture? Its just not sticking with me, and like I said its very, very irritating. Sometimes I feel like packing my shit, moving back to Detroit or moving to New York, just so that I can relate to somebody. Because I can't relate to saying someone is better because their half white and black or has a light skin tone, I can't relate to keeping my mouth shut and not speaking about WHAT"S REALLY HAPPENING IN THE WORLD, I can't relate to becoming a Shawty Lo fan because he's from Bankhead and saying fuck T.I.P. being a REAL HIP HOP ARTIST, I can't relate to accepting Soulja Boy, Plies, Mims, Lil' Wayne & those other lames as The New Hip Hop and hearing their songs on the radio every hour, when I used to hear Nas, Jay Z, Lost Boys, Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Total, Biggies, Pac, Outkast, & other greats on the radio all day... thats just crazy to me, and I know times change, but damn... living in the south is getting irritating to me. I just can't relate, being the DEEP individual that I am... its not possible to have a conversation with people that can't and will probably never understand the TRUTH!

1 comment:

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