If you'd ask me, I'd say that with this song, Curse captured the essence of what Hip-Hop really is. Freedom of expression, and freedom of speech. Freedom.
Again, this is what Hip-Hop is supposed to be; Originality, creativity, freedom of expression and indivuality, and that's probably why there are so many different approaches to the genre as a whole, and that's probably why there are so many people who fail to grasp the concept aswell.
A lot of rap's roots originated in prison.
Wrong again. The griots of West Africa are a group of traveling singers and poets who are part of an oral tradition dating back hundreds of years. Their vocal style is similar to that of rappers. The African-American traditions of signifyin', the dozens, talking blues and jazz poetry are all aspects of the griots. In addition, musical 'comedy' acts such as Rudy Ray Moore and Blowfly, are considered by some to be the forefathers of rap.
Within New York City, griot-like performances of poetry and music by artists such as The Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron and Jalal Mansur Nuriddin had a significant impact on the post-civil rights era culture of the 1960s and 1970s.
To keep a long story short, rap originated from poetry, and Hip-Hop originated from a mixture of different styles of music. (Jazz, Disco, Pop, Funk and Soul.)
Oh, and a few words in addition, anyone can write a poem, but that doesn't mean they're all Shakespeare. Anyone can drum, but that doesn't mean they're all Buddy Rich. Anyone can sing a song, but that doesn't mean they're all Muses.. Seriously, as if Madonna can actually sing? As if Britney spears has something intelligent to add? As if Disco Polo is some higher form of art?
Music is music, different moods, different approaches, different styles, different tastes, different ideas, different vibes, different people. We can argue about music for ages, but you'll have to stick to the facts if we're going to. Oh, and about grunting.. I believe Heavy Metal heads know all about that..
:)..and that's all I have to say about it.