Question by karen_faustino: Similarities between Country and Rap music?
Would you agree or disagree that at the lowest common denominator rap music and country music are in many ways the same, they just originate at opposite ends of the racial spectrum. Both are made largely by and for people from the lowest rungs on the socio-economic ladder and embrace and celebrate a lack of social sophistication. Both embrace the racial slurs once hurled at them. In country music it is commonplace to hear something like “HELL YEAH TO ALL MY REDNECKS!” in rap music “YEEAAH N*GGA!” Furthermore, the way in which fans of each type of music defend their preferences is almost identical as well. When an unbiased person hears a rap song about getting drunk, popping pills, degrading women and/or killing people they instinctively recognize it as trash. However if they were to try to explain this to a fan of such music they would be met with arguments such as “They’re just keeping it real” or “They’re just exposing the true nature of life on the streets.” Likewise, when an unbiased person hears a drunken, confederate flag waving, rebel yelling country song advocating a life of simple mindedness and backwards redneck ways they instinctively identify it as garbage. Yet if they were to make an effort to point this out to a fan of that kind of music they would likely be met with a defense of “They don’t mean no harm, they’re just some good ol’ boys” or ” I can’t help it, I’m just too damn country!”
I like some hip hop, and there is some older country that I like as well, it just seems that most of what has become commonplace in either genre is an absolute disgrace and insult to their respective histories and origins. What do you think?
Answer by mike47321
I’ll assume you’re talking about on the radio…
Rap and country are at their bases, lyrical storytelling. They both deal in hardships and struggles. They’re both meant to teach.
Rap has lost all of this ftmp. Country still does all of it in a lot of cases, just not as much. Both genres are watered down these days(especially rap…)
It’s all about greed and nothing more these days(on the labels’ and artists’ parts)…but a change will come…
Could you imagine this track on the radio these days:
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