rap vs rock: the ultimate pointless never ending debate
By Sound Check
October 22, 2010
Growing up my dad played a wide variety of Rock including Psychedelic, Garage, Blues, and more though it wasn’t until my later in my life I got into hardcore music like Punk and Metal. Let me tell you, there is nothing like the sound of guitars and drums ripping through your ear canal beneath deafening vocals. What a rush! Although Rock sounded nothing like that initially, overtime it became rebellious, gritty, and aggressive. How exactly did we evolve from slick conks to liberty spikes? Simple, a new generation of youth chose to break free from previous boring old ideals and concoct an identity of their own through attire and music. ‘Misfits’ they were called with their offensive t-shirts and safety pinned jeans that jammed to ‘noise’ all day long. I call them pure f-ing geniuses. Memorable figures like Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and Bad Brains front man HR in his prime embodied the soul of true punks whose f the world attitude represented those who felt oppressed in a stiff society. I feel like that every day of my life.
Fast-forward to 2010 where overpriced studded jackets are sold at almost every snooty boutique and the average high school student regards Blink 182 as classic Punk. Umm, barf. Not to mention this pretentious Indie Rock craze taking over and what my boyfriend describes as ‘corporate metal’ for the mainstream crowd. Yawn. Give me the real stuff.
Both Rock ‘n’ Roll and Hip Hop have contributed a great deal to popular culture. Even though Rock came about decades before, their beginnings are very much alike in that they were once underground, street, and anti-establishment plus created by Black people. If you put things into perspective, Rap is Rock’s younger cousin. So whether you’re into Tupac or Dead Kennedys, arguing to prove which genre is superior is a waste of precious time. We’re all family.
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