Originally Posted by mtgprox05
That's a gross oversimplification and mass generilzation. Fact is that is how the media portrays it to non-fans, and like most things the media says, is almost completely off-base and entirely biased. I have these debates with my father too, who gets his info from political news pundits, point is it's simply not true.
Plus. those that do, are clearly smart enough to recognize an opportunity to benefit from the image they portray, AND the even smaller percentage of those that actually lived through that stuff, have every right to rap or sing about it. Don't listen to it, fine, but I'm tired of people picking hip-hop as a whipping boy for the downfall of modern society, the same things happen with video games. All generations have popular culture that is criticized by older generations, this isn't anything new.
As a hip hop fan who understands the fundamentals of the art, a person who has studied the origins and knows REAL hip hop from what everyone else thinks hip hop is, I wholeheartedly agree with this. "Gangsta" rap to the true hip hop fan is the rotten branch in the tree. Besides, most of what you hear on the actual albums is generally not how the actual artist wants to put out. Creative control is generally directed by the music label. Many a artist have discouraged fans from buying an album after realising what they had been directed into doing...
I myself am not a fan of heavy metal/death metal or even rock music for that matter. I listen to a few songs but I can live without it as I simply don't care for it. You won't see me going out of my way to bash this musical form. I simply acknowledge the fact that it's not for me and move on. And don't try to tell me that there isn't a rock artist that speaks on negative issues.
It just bothers me when I see people whose opinions have obviously been doctored by the media come out and attack the art and its people. If you dislike the art, fine, leave it be.. but making grossly unsubstantiated comments fuelled by erroneous viewpoints and hidden prejudices while declaring everything associated with it as BAD brings your level of judgement into question.
As for the fragrance itself, the marketing is obviously what it is. It's trying to associate cool with the idea of prison. Even I a hip hop afficionado can see this rather clearly. Yes Akon is a fool for letting this happen under his name. Yes its a stupid idea. Yes, yes, yes... but it's no worse than the over sexualised ads for every other fragrance advertisement out there and its just as harmful to the children
. Nobody seems to mind that though..