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Old 07-01-2014, 23:14
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First of all let me admit that I'm very old.

For the sake of my grandchildren I have tried to listen to this. Now bear in mind my age, I'm used to melodies and songs that one can sing along to.....however, I've found that I have had to turn off various tracks because of the sewer language. Particularly Kanye West.

It seems to me, a decrepit oldie, that rap consists of barely rhymic foul mouthed lyrics to a beat of sorts.

I would love someone to recommend some rap that I could safely play to satisfy my grandchildren and not assault my senses.
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Old 08-01-2014, 00:17
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Insist on playing the worst that you can find, then with any luck you'll make it seem so un-hip that they'll turn their backs on it.
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Old 08-01-2014, 00:52
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Us
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsPaYZ26Cw0
Shine On
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFcUyzpgkyw
Breakin dawn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUbWozgMf4M
Forest whitiker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ScPoBEFl1Y
Years
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV07lF1YuYk
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:11
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I'm 21 but I don't get it either

To me it sounds like blokes talking over a catchy beat. The words seem to be irrelevant.
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:45
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The dance-pop stuff with rapping like Pitbull, Flo Rida, LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas (I Gotta Feeling), etc. is probably the type of thing that would appeal to grandparents the most. Some adult contemporary stations played Pitbull - Give Me Everything and I Gotta Feeling, for example. I think that type of music is usually awful though, but I do like other genres with rapping/MCing like grime, hip hop, UK garage, dubstep, bassline, etc. But the Pitbull/Flo Rida sort of stuff seems to be the only thing that adults have a chance of liking.
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Old 08-01-2014, 15:53
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Tupac - Keep Ya Head Up is a nice song about respecting women.

The only kid-friendly rapper I can think of is maybe Chipmunk ('Look For Me') and maybe Iyaz ('Solo', 'Replay', 'So Big')
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Old 08-01-2014, 19:19
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It's made by morons for morons.

Note: I'm only talking about mainstream rap, there are some poetic rappers on the underground I do believe with a message other than race, money, guns & women.
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Old 08-01-2014, 19:30
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It's made by morons for morons.

Note: I'm only talking about mainstream rap, there are some poetic rappers on the underground I do believe with a message other than race, money, guns & women.
The major labels keep any artist that tells stories or has a positive/political message underground..corporate BS.They just like to promote negativity.
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Old 08-01-2014, 20:40
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I would love someone to recommend some rap that I could safely play to satisfy my grandchildren and not assault my senses.
If it's purely to satisfy your grandchildren, find out what they like and play that. If it's for your own benefit maybe try something by The Roots - How I Got Over is a great album of articulate hip-hop with live instruments and some interesting samples. The album by John Legend and the Roots - Wake Up! - is a good mix of straight-ahead soul and thoughtful rap.

But I wouldn't expect grandchildren to like it.
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:15
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I have said before that I think Rap music could be used to open a generations eyes to issues that affect them, in a protest song kind of way, but that would never get airplay
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:09
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Actually I'm surprised the OP singled out Kanye West for criticism. Some of his work is superb, eg Lost In The World with Bon Iver on vocals. Or how about the incredible orchestral version of Heard Em Say? Again, maybe not for the grandchildren but outstanding music.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:55
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First of all let me admit that I'm very old.

For the sake of my grandchildren I have tried to listen to this. Now bear in mind my age, I'm used to melodies and songs that one can sing along to.....however, I've found that I have had to turn off various tracks because of the sewer language. Particularly Kanye West.

It seems to me, a decrepit oldie, that rap consists of barely rhymic foul mouthed lyrics to a beat of sorts.

I would love someone to recommend some rap that I could safely play to satisfy my grandchildren and not assault my senses.
Macklemore is amazing, you should check out Same Love, Wings and Thrift Shop aswell as the rest of his "The Heist" album. Also check out Childish Gambino - Heartbeat.
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Old 09-01-2014, 14:04
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Macklemore is amazing, you should check out Same Love, Wings and Thrift Shop aswell as the rest of his "The Heist" album. Also check out Childish Gambino - Heartbeat.
I love Heartbeat!

Childish Gambino had a song a few years ago that I really liked. Really introspective and it was talking about the sorts of people that become popular/unpopular, and the reasons why. I never was able to find the song again, but I was surprised to hear such a specific and honest song.

Another Childish Gambino song I like at the moment is the Relations remix by Kenna. I can't pin-point what genre it is, sounds a bit like R&B, house, funk. But it's catchy as hell! I wish that song was more popular so I could hear it in clubs and parties.

Yeah, I think Macklemore is someone that would appeal to older people as well. Same Love even got played on Heart FM, and that station usually avoids rapping at all costs!
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Old 09-01-2014, 18:20
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dj jazzy jeff and the fresh prince - parents just don't understand
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW3PFC86UNI

young mc - principles office
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE7fs2979Y4

salt n pepa - shake your thang
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vd9JLyEp3rc

de la soul - eye know
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me5uEsbX9eU

fat boys - wipeout/the twist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-kAnNgqN9o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNT-sc1ymEM
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