In Music… Where is the Line?

Winzer Lorissaint, Staff Writer

            What happened to rap music? When did musicians stop making music for the sake of making music? There are always three sides to any good argument: those that agree, those that disagree, and those in the middle.

Brittany Walker, Palm Beach State student, said, “It pisses me off! I don’t like how women are portrayed. They’re viewed as objects; rappers don’t care about a woman’s intelligence, how we think, or our view of the world.”

Sonley Mondesir, another student at the College, simply said, “I don’t like their negative comments. Those lyrics also refer to my mother and sister.”

A few extremist would say rap has always been plagued with filth and garbage. Some would say that there was never anything wrong with the music, and that there isn’t anything wrong with it now. And, of course, there are those who believe rap music has become a bit derogatory, but it wasn’t always like that.

“They’re viewed as sex objects. The booty, the shaking, being out in the club; none of the things that would be respectable about a woman like being mature and educated, ” said Professor Suzanne M. Duff, psychology.

The common themes for rappers today (money, drugs, and women) have always been the same, but the delivery has drastically changed. The subtlety is no longer there. Taboo subjects were once cloaked with clever wordplay, and delivered alongside well written similes and metaphors that came together and made a great song. Nowadays rappers are more blatant and less concerned with the abrasiveness of their lyrics.

Here’s two songs as examples: Twista’s “Make a Movie,” and French Montana’s “Pop That.”

For those who have never heard, in this song Twista inconspicuously talks about making a sex tape with a woman saying:

“Baby girl you kick the world off the axis

I’m your director, filming you for practice

and you know I think you a hell of an actress

especially when I’m shooting you on a mattress.”

Taboo subject? Of course, but also subtle and discreet.

 

Now let’s take a look at French Montana’s “Pop That.” From this popular compilation between Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne, and French Montana, this hit song is laced with vulgar language. As demonstrated by Rick Ross when he says:

“I’m the life of the party let’s get these hoes on a molly

you know I came to stunt, drop that p***y b***h

I got what you want, drop that p***y b***h

feel me, feel me, this b***h want me to film it.”

Both songs touch base on the same subject, but they both approach the subject at different angles. Jacob Nguyen, took a different stand point. “It’s not a big deal to me because I don’t think they mean what they say. That’s what they have to do to sell. That’s what their target market wants from them,” said Nguyen, a Palm Beach State student.