Too many words! Sheesh!
Hey, I have more time on my hands at the moment than I would like to have, so I really don't mind a conversation.
Some things are apparent. This is a silly message board, not a college thesis. One need not back with stats and studies and sources and links the claim that today's Hip-hop culture is some ugly stuff that negatively impacts kids.
See, that's where you need to seperate a few things from one another. There are a lot of subcultures out there, and some things you call Hip-Hop have nothing to do with Hip-Hop, but more likely with the media. The Hip-Hop - not the mainstream - I used to listen to, promoted social awareness, freedom of the individual, freedom of expression, common sense, equality and positive thinking. That's Hip-Hop. What you call Hip-Hop, is what the big-shot media companies made of it. We call that Urban, Crunk, Rap, Gangstarap, whatever! So I agree with you, that culture sells materialism. (But guess who's behind it?) The underground Hip-Hop scene? I think you'd be surprised to find out how many values you might have in common with those guys and girls. Unfortunately, you bought into the stigma that the American media itself attached to Hip-Hop. (On purpose.) But if you took some time to listen to the words of some artists, you would see the difference between real and fake.
To say being exposed to ugly and violent things doesn't in any way impact those exposed to it is absurd.
Do you understand a bit of German?
To say his music is crap, or that his words have a negative impact on the youth, is total nonsense. These kind of lyrics could be highly educational for young people. See, that's the other side of the story.
And, yes, H-h is worse than Jazz or Rock or Classical music.
Oh yeah, the Rolling Stones were such a positive influence, right? Or how about James Brown? Should I compare every Rock artist to them? Or every Soul singer to James Brown?
You seriously can't see the difference between being naked in privacy of your own bedroom and flashing your stuff for all world to see?
She didn't flash her stuff for all the world to see. She flashed her stuff for her boyfriend. That someone else who pretends to be a friend can't respect their privacy is not their fault, or is it?
Or you are pulling my leg?
I'm not pulling your leg. I'm just being a mature guy, who points out the obvious. To me it's just amazing how so many grown up men and women can create such a fuss over someone's nudity. I would hardly call that shocking. I guess I don't get why it's something anyone should be ashamed of? It's natural, you know. We all know what a woman looks like, and we all know what a man looks like, don't we? I really don't see why I should laugh at someone's nudity or sexual interests with all my pathetic friends. It's none of my business, and I do
have that respect
for someone else. So I guess most of those people who preach about respect and decency all the time, are a little two-faced. Have the decency to let someone else live her or his life. I guess that's the thought I was trying to convey in my previous post, because I wasn't exactly talking about flashing your stuff in public.
That's the kind of stuff I have to deal with every time he jumps me. :s
I never jumped you. You have an opinion, and I'm trying to communicate with you because I think you don't see the whole picture in some cases. (Which doesn't mean I disagree with you on everything!)