welcomes Shane Daniels to the World Family.
Daniels, a senior at West Chester University
has big time dreams and thoughts so enjoy
and stay tuned for more!
has Hip Hop become?
started out as a medium for expressing
social reality among urban youth has become
merely fantasy rap and wishful thinking.
What ever happened to 'keeping it real?'
Many rappers today talk about keeping
it 'real,' but few rarely do.
example, a majority of rappers today talk
about crack, coke, the 'hood', and having
sex with many different women in such
a way that they glorify these things like
everything is all good when in reality
its not. If we're going to talk
about the 'hood' and about how many
guns you got, lets talk about 'why' you
think you have to have a gun in the first
place. Lets talk about 'why' our
neighborhoods look the way they do or
why we don't even own the blocks that
we stand on. Lets talk about 'why'
many feel like they have to sell 'crack'
or drugs just to make it in society.
talk about why so many black men feel
like their only way out of the 'hood'
is by rapping or playing basketball.
Lets discuss why people of color are still
misrepresented on television, in the media,
and in politics. When we begin to
talk about the full 'reality' of the situation,
then we can say that we're keeping it
why does every song take place in the
'club?' Better yet a club that we don't
even own. It makes me mad that we
talk about so much 'gold' and 'ice' to
the same people that can't afford to have
what these rappers are talking about.
Lets talk about how, if most of these
rappers weren't 'rapping' then they would
be back in the 'hood' hoping to get 'put
on' or wishing to eventually get signed
by some record label. Lets talk
since we're going to continue to talk
about 'stuff' that most of us don't have
(unless we sell 'coke' or kill to get)
or even see, we'll continue to live and
sing in fantasy if we don't talk about
the reasons and truths behind our music.
I know we don't have to be serious all
the time, but will we ever get for real,
for real? Hey, I'm just telling you why
I'm mad, son. Pay Attention Please.