The use of the word “nigga” is very common and popular in rap culture. Over the years rappers have used this word within their music to sort of change the connotation of this word. Prior to the prevalence of rap music this word was mainly used in a derogatory fashion. The presence of the this word in ap music has made it easier for many people to feel comfortable using this word. If you ask me NOBODY should be allowed to use this word. I have learned from debated on this topic that the use of this word is going to be inevitable. With that being said I still find it very inappropriate, and uncomfortable when people who aren’t African American use this word. They have no connection to this word whatsoever. Anyone who isn’t African American should never feel comfortable enough to let that word slide out of their mouth.
The era of rap music has become a medium for rappers to express the way they feel and dress. It is very common for majority of rappers to be dressed in some of the finest clothes designed by world renowned designers. I believe artists like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and A$AP Rocky, have has major influences on the looks and style that is associated with rap music. These men can be seen wearing some of the thriftiest looking clothes, to some of the most expensive garments off the runways of New York, Paris, and Milan. When I am asked how I feel about rappers wearing, and referencing the clothes they wear I can say that it is all apart of their expression. We act as spectators and forget that we must let artists fully express themselves so that they can produce their finest work that we can appreciate. In 2008 Kanye West featured on the hit song “American Boy” and he rapped, “Am I shallow ‘cause all my clothes designer?/Dressed smart like a London bloke, before he speak his suit bespoke/And you thought he was cute before/Look at this pea coat, tell me he’s broke” West shows in these lyrics that he is not necessarily a shallow person because he wear designer labels,, but he is just simply taking pride in himself. Obviously he has shaped an opinion that owning a designer pea coat is a symbol of high status. What a designer wears is only a direct reflection of their values and beliefs. If he feels comfortable wearing expensive clothes then he should be allowed to spend his money in the way that he feels. What a rapper wears does not determine the extent of his talent. Whether a rapper is wearing a potato sack or an irish kilt, if you appreciate great rap music, the appearance will not affect the music you listen too.
Drugs is the probably one of the most common topics of discussion in the genre of rap music. I have come to the conclusion that drugs has become one of those things that a rapper can talk about if they have nothing intelligent to talk about, and stay somewhat popular. There are an extreme amount of examples of the many ways rappers can reference drugs in their art. Nowadays rappers can just blatantly express their love for a drug and receive somewhat of positive response from society. In the song “CoCo” by O.T. Genasis said , “I’m in love with the coco/I’m in love with the coco/I got it for the low, low/I’m in love with the coco.” This rapper made it obvious throughout this song that he was referring to crack, and cocaine. How did society respond. I have seen little infants dancing to this song. One night I came across a vine of a little girl who could not have been older than 13 in the kitchen recording herself making crack on a stove top in her kitchen then get slapped by her guardian. This song has a cool beat but the lyrics deliver a horrible message. Who am I to say that this is negative or positive for the society. I just know that if that were my children I would be very disappointed.This is not just one example of songs that consciously reference drugs. I also can come to the assumption that because a lot of rappers indulge in some type of drug their listeners would as well. When rappers perform at these music festivals, concerts, and cyphers you can almost guarantee that someone within the audience will be intoxicated off of some drug. This is not something that is negative because people turn to music when they are indulging in drugs sometimes because that is why majority of the people of fan of certain rap artists.