If I could choose one superpower it would be the ability to make all rap "music" disappear.  We celebrate Dr. King's birthday tomorrow.  I wonder what he would make of it.  It just makes me sad that the black community feels this is the best it deserves now, when historically it has given America the very best music this nation has ever produced.
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
17 Responses Jan 20, 2008

Lilt: I don't the age of "manufactured music" will pass, I think it's the new norm - sadly.

"This too shall pass."<br />

If there's an "everybody make nice" campaign going on please include me out.

I haven't listened to much rap. What I did hear was vulgar but at least it was authentic. With my superpowers, I would zap overproduced pop music. The stuff out now is all production, no musicians. Sounds to me like studio mixes of drum machines. I don't like it at all.

I have to say that you are very right El...I mean seriously...if anyone can still call "rap" innovative, then they are fooling themselves. There is only so far you can go with talking, sampling and donning sportswear 24/7. I would even evap some of the "rock bands"...they pretty much suck too.

I believe there's a "everybody make nice" campaign going on right now. So all comments that even hint at not being "supportive" are suspect and called out. This too will pass.

Thanks Annie - you sure nailed it! -- It was really just a joke, you see. The comedy premise is - if I had all the superpowers to choose from - I would choose such a modest one.<br />
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Poor Blue.

Hmmm. I'm inclined to give Mr. Ellagarto about twenty miles of slack where comments about grammar, spelling or punctuation are concerned. The man is obviously in love with the English language. A life long romance, no doubt. And a gentlemen wll bristle when his lover is compromised! It has always been and may it always be so!!! (Correct me anytime. I can take it)

Blue: FYI. The comment was not directed at you.

OOPS sorry if I had noticed who had wrote the story I never would have commented in the first place.<br />
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I forget that I am to far from perfect to comment on your oh so inspiring and educational stories.<br />
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You have inspired stories lately on this site with your arrogance and thoughtless comments.<br><br />
I wonder if you are like this on purpose or if you even realize it. It doesn't really matter to me, but there are some on here whom you offend and hurt with your s**** A** comments. You can save them on me if your goal is to hurt or embarrass . I am not affected, I have read your stuff for a long time now.<br><br />
As I said if I had noticed the author I would not have commented. <br />
You can proof read this and correct it if you wish and I will delete this comment a re-post the corrected version you would seem to prefer. Most people just accept each other for who they are. But I am letting you know that you can and do upset people on this site with your pettiness.<br><br />
I'll do better at avoiding you in the future. : )<br><br />
Have a good day.

I would choose the power to teach all English speakers how to use the apostrophe.

I agree, the black community in the 80s was the best in the world. There was little or no violence or hate in their lyrics.<br />
I get a head ache within a few minutes of hearing some of the new stuff coming out today.<br />
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I would want the ability of time travel as a super hero power.<br />
Think of the possibilities...

..but with several typos, which were just corrected post-caffeine. Thank you! :)

I have nothing to add to this except to say that it is incredibly well-reasoned, accurate, and deeply humanitarian - not to mention well written.

Hey, El...you sound like one of those old farts from the '50s who were convinced that rock and roll was the music of the devil! ;)<br><br><br><br><br />
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Just kidding. I'm not a fan of rap or hip-hop either, but to say that it's all bad is, I believe, too sweeping a generalization. I think it has some merit simply as the ex<x>pression of a different generation. There is a place for anger in music, as evidenced by many of the war protest songs of the '60s in America and other music from around the world that expresses sad truths, past and present. My problem with rap and hip-hop is in the appalling misogyny and the careless use of the "n" word that much of it contains. The people who make this music (to say nothing of the greedy, mostly white bastards who exploit and sell it) don't seem to have a clue or simply don't give a damn about what their parents and grandparents had to endure in a racist society in order for them to be so free with these negative, destructive attitudes. They seem to think that the image of the black man as angry, dangerous, woman-abusing criminal makes them look tough and gives them some sort of twisted street cred. It certainly sells a lot of MP3s to young white suburban teenage wannabes (and seriously, is there anything more pathetic than some geeky white kid trying to act "black"?). In reality, it only perpetuates ugly stereotypes that previous generations have literally fought and died for to eliminate. I think Dr. King would be deeply saddened by this; but had he lived, perhaps greed wouldn't have triumphed over self-respect and dignity to the extent that it has today.

I'll say one thing - I really like Mos Def as an actor.

some rap is actually quite good. you should try listening to mos def. i personally love his music. and bionic jive is another good one.