As a 50% Jewish heritage, I am 50% in the most oppressed minority in recent mankind. In fact, my Jewish, Italian, Irish and Scottish heritage…all 4 have been GREATLY oppressed in the last 200-2000 years.
And being mentally ill…that’s another minority. I don’t know, I’m not trying to say anything. But I have less white guilt than most, considering all 6 of the countries I heritage from…all 6 of those families were slaves at one point. All 6 of those heritages came to the USA with zero money and we all made it to frickin Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA. I’m proud of it. And then add mentally ill to the equation. No need for guilt. Although I shouldn’t take credit for it all I guess because I was born when my family was already well to do. Idk.
I think about neanderthals…they were probably oppressed greatly by humans when the transition was made. If you think about it, there’s monkeys…then there’s humans. Nothing in between. Humans probably hunted all the neanderthals. Were they a danger to humans? Not sure how civil they are. But I feel they were oppressed. I find evolution/life interesting.
I don’t understand thug culture. I don’t understand why it’s tolerated. And before anyone says this is a racial thing, I don’t care what friggin’ colour you are. If you behave like that I’m okay with the police cauterizing your neighborhood with flame throwers. That goes for blacks, whites, and those born purple with pink polka dots.
Well you might understand if you or some buddies of yours were thugs at some point. Not saying you don’t know any ex-thugs or were one yourself, I can’t speak for you.
But one thing is salient; thugs and drug dealers are most often forced into that life because there are no other lifestyles available. They just grow in the stuff, like plants in fertilizer.
A multitude of dealers tried to hire me as muscle and give me a gun back in darker days. It was because they knew me and thought I was cool. That was because I, like many seriously mentally ill, reached out to drugs as medicine. I just happened to be a highly trained very buff guy as well.
But I live in Memphis which isn’t quite Canada.
Not trying to start beef, no, just trying to help you understand why thugs and drugs exist in some places.
I grew up in a crap neighbourhood and dealt weed in school. I don’t see anything about my past worth glorifying in a song. I don’t see how denigrating women as ‘bitches’ is art. Or glorifying violence. Or guns. Or calling for the death of police officers. I feel badly for people trapped in that cycle, but I don’t see how we’ll ever get them out of it if we start praising that lifestyle as virtuous. It’s anything but.
The bottom line is that simply posting the lyrics of your average thug rap song these days is enough to get your account sanctioned. That is because typical rap music has strayed well outside the normative values of a healthy community.
I identify more with the rock and metal scene than the gangster rap scene. I like Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Led Zepplin, Yngwie Malmsteen, Metallica, etc. I prefer music with a spiritual/supernatural theme.
Or glorifying one’s self, like Dr. Dre. His formula is basically using a tough guy sounding voice to brag about how hes on top of the rap scene. I love 2001 for its musical qualities but the guy pisses me off
i think there are some serious emotion insecurities behind violence like that. On one side it drives them to live it up and prove themselves. Behind all of it though there is a storm of confusion and a need to be recognized as something almost super human.
It makes no sense at all. I don’t think I’ll ever understand it. How you can have the grounds for a sweet life and all you have to do is behave. No gotta ■■■■ ■■■■ up I guess.
Well look Dr Dre is gifted. But the key word is gifted. Meaning he received a gift. From who thats debatable. But people should be humble about their gifts. take Common, he uses his gifts without constantly saying “im famous i have money i came from nothing etc”
Meh gifted? I’d be more inclined to say lucky. Music is a craft that you have to work at. Creative insight might come naturally for some, but for a lot people they have to work at it and it takes time.
I’m not really impressed by Dre.
That’s my opinion though. There are a few songs I like.