Should hip Hop Be Banned?

Should Hip Hop Be Temporarely Banned?


As the sound of 808’s and drum patterns reverberate off of the graffiti covered concrete walls and marijuana smoke cyclically permeates and then dissipates within the air I slowly make my way through the densely populated crowd of people standing within the dark room rhythmically bumping my head to the music. Beat box fiends and Break dance junkies inhabit the corner to my left as scratch addicts artfully abuse vinyl discs atop turntables to my right while artistic individuals propel paint polymers from aerosol cans with the finesse of Monet and the creativity of Picasso. I stop and pause in front of burgeoning circle of freestyle poets engaging in a cipher, taking in every sweet morsel of lyricism before making my way towards the back of the room where men and women gyrate on each other in trance like states. I stop by my favorite distributor and blow my paycheck on Dre'sThe Chronic, Camron's Purple Haze, the extended version of Kanye's Crack Music and Raekwon's Purple Tape, anxiously awaiting the euphoric inducing stupor that  awaits me upon my next listen. Then all of a sudden my senses are ambushed by blinding light and unbearable percussion as a flash bang grenade explodes within feet of where I am standing. As the government henchmen swarm into the building like a pack of ravenous, armor plated wolfs while engaging in a routine raid I make my escape out of a back door, narrowly escaping sure fire incarceration or even worse….death.

The year is 2018 and America has undergone a drastic change after Obama’s second term ended. The Republicans have again gained control of the White House and Due to the “War on Terror” continuing on and finally making its way onto American soil, the Patriot Act has been amended in such a way as to outlaw freedom of speech in order to quell uprisings. One of the victims of this encroachment on our rights is the right to listen to hip hop music, which has now been deemed reckless, rebellious, and too dangerous to allow for the public’s continued auditory consumption.  All hip hop CD’s are burned and iPod’s are routinely remotely scanned by Military Police for questionable content as martial law is in effect.

Underground Studios are raidedt to the ground and Masters thrown into bonfires. Backroom studios spring up in secret hidden rooms throughout America. Possession of Fruity Loops or other production software is considered paraphernalia and outlawed. Artists are relegated to writing in rhyme books with invisible ink or in uber lyrical bars reminiscent of a Nostradamus quatrain. The term underground rapper has finally lived up to its moniker as most musicians would rather take their passion underground than give it up completely and thus a thriving yet highly illegal underground hip hop scene exists in America as well as a mainstream one outside of the United States Border. A Hip Hop black market is born with album prices hinging on the quality and content of the music they hold. Possession of more than 28 hip hop songs is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1000 fine. Possession of 29 to 224 songs is a Class D Felony and punishable by up to 5 years in prison, possession of 225-1007 song is a class C or B felony and punishable by up to 10 years of hard labor and possession of 1008 songs or more is a Capital Offense and Punishable by death. Furthermore, the production, sale, or distribution of Banned Hip Hop music is highly illegal and punishable up to a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

If the above scenario was in fact a reality…how would you react? If you are a rapper wold you risk your freedom in the name of artistic expression? how important to you is your craft-is it worth your life? If you are a listener of hip hop, Would you still be a follower of hip hop or would you abandon it? Would you smuggle it around, hide it for future listening, etc…what lengths would you go to in order to listen to hip hop? Would you fight for your right to Hip Hop?
Is it possible that these questions are some of the ones that we need to ask ourselves now? should someone who doesnt hold a true passion for hip hop be allowed to create it? what seperates the hip hop ARTIST from the hip hop employee?Maybe this is what hip hop needs-a five year ban of sorts. This would most definitely weed out the myspace rappers, youtube thugs, and twitter gangsters...leaving only the truly passionate artists as only a fool or someone in love would risk their life for something they love. This would over night get rid of simplistic nursery rhymes as only someone who is creative enough to encode their message well will escape capture whereas the rapper who can only rhyme cat with hat will instantly get caught. The individuals pimpin the music game would be sifted out with ease...leaving a highly talented, highly dedicated and motivated group of individuals left. Maybe in order to get hip hop back to where it was we need to take it back to something it was-non mainstream.  The biggest misconception about diamonds is that they are rare. In fact they are one of the most common gems on earth but their supply is closely monitored and limited so as to boost their value and allow them to become precious. Hip Hop used to be a diamond in the rough...what happened? What Hip hop needs is someone to monitor the quality and supply being released so that its value can be boosted again.


~Written by Superfluousloquacity


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0 #2 JOSHROCK 2010-01-31 15:07
Nice read, that was very well written. Fahrenheit 451 part 2? That's an interesting take at the end with your "time out" theory, I could see it helping. If this scenario played out I don't know how I'd react. There would still be other forms of music and there will always be certain rap songs ingrained in my head. I guess we'll just have to wait 8 years and see. Nice job on this I liked it.
0 #1 $ykotic Don McCaine 2010-01-27 23:14
I like your perspective. I don't think the masses would be ready for that type of scenario you presented. I think that mainstream rap is ringing the death knell, and this is the perfect time to change the format, give rap a contemporary division, allow the 30 + yrs of music to thrive while the new type of rap can co-exist within it's demographic. This can be done during it's hiatus from being a corporate cash cow, which I can see is coming soon.

This kinda reminds me of what Alexander did to the archives in Egypt.

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