Brown Girl Gumbo said: I'd like to read about your thoughts about the current state of R&B & hip-hop music.
i call the crap that comes on the radio my "guilty pleasures". honestly, some of the stuff is funny. when stuck in traffic, i like singing horrible r&b songs at the top of my lungs. and when there's crappy rap on the radio, i like to laugh at the lyrics and act silly while refraining from cursing out ignorant georgia driver #675.
and that is all that "music" (term used loosely here) is good for. i would never purchase, allow the playing of in front of my nieces, or in anyway support the artist perpetuating the ignorance the spews in a catchy form.
i have one of those radio transmitters in my car so i can listen to my ipod full of GOOD music and i have CDs. i am guilty of downloading some of said ignorant songs and they do take up space on my ipod. that is because i'm not going to sit through 30 min of song that i just plain hate just to hear the few that make me laugh.
lyricism is DEAD. r&b used to be poetic and now it's just "whatever i can rhyme with 'baby'".
in short, the craft of rap has gone down and any girl who is decent to look at can get a record deal "singing" r&b. but, of course, there are exceptions.