I could care less what everyone listens to. If people want to listen to rap, leave them be. I'm not a fan of the genre, I'd rather listen to some rock or metal. I don't hate rap, I just don't care. ;-;
Well most of the mainstream I do hate, but in the underground you can find some of the most real and poetic songs ever made. Country is alright. It's not rap's fault that it's face has to be Lil Wayne or 2 Chainz, when it should be Hopsin, N9na, Budd, or Shady. R.A.P. Rhythm Assisted Poetry
No point in hating. It only affects the hater and not in a good way. I prefer older rap and as a genre don't like it as much as rock. Why hate? There is a wide open grey area for everyone to enjoy parts of all good things. Who wants to be my friend?
It panders constant de-constructed English into a pandering anger-porn geared to young white boys that are enamored of young African Americans that tell them what is cool. The record companies know this very well and promote this. Murder, ra..pe, gang violence, drugs, the horrors of poverty on inner cities, suicide, incest, demeaning of all women as "ho's" and beeaches (basically objects to be used), are the central themes of most rap - now that I have become very familiar with it. Clever rhyming tricks (at least as appraised by the rap fan) and combining content that appears to have social relevance but is ultimately, in fact, exploitive of the listener, capitalizing on their lack of real world views, minorities repression, real racism, and a underlying glorification of violence and domination (read: prostitution) of females, along with formal rappers spewing out more porn (think Lil'Kim), and exciting high-hormonal white nitwits to buy this "music" - a poor, dumbed-down street poetry produced by billionaires pretending empathy with those living in poverty or gang ridden violence and drug addictions, continue to turn out this "art form" purely for profit by exploitation. Rap should be in its own genre - and that genre should never receive any comparison to "music". And yes, I've now listened to over a thousand rap tunes to prepare for a video shoot - which I turned down, disgusted with the lyrics being pumped out by this alternate form of porn.
I know that this question has already been answered 16 times, but in my opinion, rap and hip-hop are the most human forms of modern/current music I have ever come across. It is almost universal because it is so communicative. I'm talking about straightforward rap here; meaningful, smart, deep stuff. Rap is a form of story-telling. Real rap isn't beotches and hoes and stuff, it's stories of oppression and overcoming hardships and coping in the real world.
It's not music. Call it poetry call it rap, it's not music. If you call it poetry then it's poetry with a terrible message. The people that make it are despicable, although there are exceptions, and need to get a grip on reality. It is a major force behind the entitlement mentality and is a major force in keeping those in inner city areas down. In the suburbs it sends kids the message that killing, violence, and the objectifying of women is fantastic. Rap fuels racism and rap fuels negative stereotypes. It fuels stereotypes in whites of blacks and in blacks of whites. It's a scourge on our society