At least nobody here likes that Soulja Boy sh*t.
Yeah dudes back in the day were dropping knowledge, but that was way before rap went commercial. A lot of old school rappers were educated, maybe not formally, but they read. But nowadays, you've got people like Soulja Boy, who's like about 18 or so. He's 18 and I seriously question whether or not he's literate. I really, truly wonder if he can actually read. He dropped out in the 10th grade in Mississippi (which is like dropping out of the 3rd grade anywhere else). His lyrics reflect that. I can't tell what the hell he's saying.
Don't get me wrong, I love rap.......I grew up on it. After all, I am black and from the inner-city. But I'm also an intelligent, thinking human being and there's only so much a thinking person can take.
Most rap now makes for good party music. Which is fine by me - I like to drink and party (in moderation, of course - after all, I am an aspiring planner!). But at the same time......I wish we could return to the golden age of popular, but intelligent rap music.......guys like OutKast, Nas, Common just aren't popular enough. If they do have a hot track, often times it's only because they've intentionally chosen to dumb down the lyrics in order to boost record sales and radio play. Damn the ignorant masses........
Besides, I have a big issue with blacks in the popular culture and media constantly being portrayed as rappers, atheltes, dancers, entertainers, etc. and nothing else, but that's a rant for a whole other topic.