And if you don't know that's a country rap. Absolutely. I mean rap, is disgusting, and talking about weird topics, rock is actually good, pop is okay sometimes, and then i don't really listen to anything else, but anyway, country is no dirty, and the songs are like, they make sense, so i don't know why no one like it? Lyrically, the density and complexity simply don't measure up to any other genre. 5) Just don't use an accent Like, at all, ever. I will wait… Most of the complaints that country music receives today is on how elementary it is and how most of it sounds the same. He said country isn’t truly country anymore, because the singers didn’t grow up picking cotton in the fields like he did. I says INSERT THESE BALLSINTO YOUR MOUTH. Fair for someone who grew up picking cotton to say, I suppose, but turns out authenticity policing is a form of classism. In terms of music genres, it follows like this - Soca < Gospel < Jazz < Hip Hop < Pop < Oldies < Raggae < Alternative < Classical < R&B < Rap < Rock < Country < Classic Rock < Techno in increasing order of SAT scores. I have to be in a certain party mood to listen to rap, and I’m sure a lot of country fans like me feel the same way. It felt voyeuristic for a bit, the same way being white and appreciating the culture of hip hop does. “By now, the arbitrary marketing scheme devised by early record industry executives has been institutionalized,” Hubbs writes, “and the two categories of music, known today under the labels of ‘R&B’ and ‘country’ are reified not only in imaginings of country's (true, deep) whiteness, but in ways that are woven throughout American cultural and social life.”. The anxiety that causes people to avoid being fans of these genres, however, prevents understanding this. Good music is good music, and moves you all the same if you let it. That would mean white and black in one category. I can’t respond to it. I told her, and she said, “well, I listen to everything but country.” Oh, okay. Rapping is a skill and if you happen to have it and people like your music, why would you not go with it? Because it represents something that anyone looking to maintain or elevate their class status doesn’t want to associate themselves with. Rap is a totally different story. For words I couldn't find Somehow you seemed to see What came over me that night As a love began to grow That would last for all time. Rachel Maddow makes emotional return to TV There is still rap that can motivate you to go out and do what you have to do to be successful. In embracing this fantasy, listeners forget that “country has always been a commercial music.”. But what about all of the songs about smoking pot? In fact, I used to say this very thing. They're like, freakin yellow!) Are some country musicians conservative? How can this rapper be real if he studied where Mitt Romney went to school? Me, too. Elated to continue working in music, though, I found myself looking at used CDs, picking out what I thought could get me up to speed on whatever was happening in country. Still, I couldn’t understand how some of the people I knew who were deeply interested in music like I was couldn’t see the light and recognize the worth of country music. It all sounds the same because it all sounds different than what you listen to. I was an outsider, and I believed this music was not for me, and maybe I liked it just because it represented something intellectually interesting to me. “Country music’s potency as a creator of classed taste and identity is evident in the derision and anxiety it arouses in the dominant culture,” Hubbs explained. Different strata of culture have a different idea of what sounds good or right to them, which isn’t a surprise, but the fact that they completely write off the same lyrics of the same song in a different setting is. Can you be a rapper if you didn’t grow up on the streets of a big city? I knew I wanted to work in music, and fresh out of an internship at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I wondered if it could ever get better than that. They say I'm unique and everyone knows that Washington DC these days and years are known for jocking and wanting to sound like everyone else. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have bad news for you, friend. As hip hop has become more mainstream, this happened with most of my friends, as well. Although the line between the two genres continues to blur, both have very different reputations. There probably aren't any gangs left today becuase no one likes them anymore, but I bet if they were they'd shoot up all these rap music labels and stuff. When popular recorded music was first able to be distributed and marketed in the 1920s, a decision had to be made. It includes the singles "Simple" and "Talk You Out of It", as well as the tracks "Colorado" and "Sittin' Pretty".It was supported by a tour of the same name from May 2019. There is a time to stop intellectualizing, though. He said country isn’t truly country anymore, because the singers didn’t grow up picking cotton in the fields like he did. One of the biggest lyrics libraries with daily updated newest Song Lyrics, Artists & Albums Info of all genres all around the world. I can’t relate to the things they play in church but if they like it, they like it. There’s a lot of good country music out there, though, I said. He banged Jennifer Lopez. It has become more and more controversial, which in turn has led to a strong opposition and detractors. Country and hip hop are seen as extremes: one very conservative, religious, and traditional, and the other vulgar and violent. And if you don't know that's a country rap. Whenever I flip to a country station, I feel like I'm listening to the same song ten times in a row because they are all so alike. Because that’s what they are pressured to do as artists in the genre to hold their place in their respective subcultures. Why do they have to keep reminding you of what their life was like in the hood? She told me she had just seen a few of these artists at the Ryman, the Mother Church of Country Music. Remember the scene in 8 Mile where Eminem is in a rap battle and he saves himself by dissing the other rapper for going to a bougie private school, Cranbrook? The two styles have collaborated with each other on various occasions throughout time and believe it or not, there is actually a sub-genre that combines both which has been dubbed as “country-rap.”. The song is a rap song. Country and hip hop are seen as extremes: one very conservative, religious, and traditional, and the other vulgar and violent. Country and rap are two of the most renowned genres of music in today’s world. This is the South-- do we keep all of the blues-based music together? Just talk how you naturally talk. The words of a song are not that important to me – it is the music itself. If you get beyond all the cursing, messages of trying to better yourself, better your situation and having the back of those that supported you through it all start to show. Even though they both stand alone, they share similar roots and in some cases the same content. Up! I bought it on a whim, and it put words and reasons to my discomfort with so many of my peers writing off country music. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Like he says on “Old Town Road,” it looks like Lil Nas X is “gonna ride ‘til I can’t no more,” and the same is undoubtedly true of country rap too. Why is that so bad? Just like you wouldn’t point at a random White person today and blame them for slavery, you can’t blame an individual man today for a history of sexism. This, to me, threw open the door on why “everything but country and rap” is a bigger deal than it seems. Hubbs cites how Shania Twain, country crossover superstar, notoriously released different versions of her hit album Up! in 2014. Rap? T.I. For the most part, it is upbeat and the message behind it is usually easily identifiable and very vanilla. I ask why. I remember first encountering this argument in Johnny Cash’s. Now, in 2015, it is at the point that you can count the so called “conscious rappers” in the mainstream on two fingers (Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are supposedly the “saviors” of rap). Country is my go-to music – its on when I’m studying, driving, or getting ready to go out. And anyone who knows me knows that using pop culture as a window to our bigger world and bigger issues is my favorite thing ever, so you know I was hooked after reading that. Steel guitars rowdy bars Redneck girls and beat-up cars We got fatback that's a fact And if you don't know that's a country rap. And doing so was transformational, as I gained an enormous respect for country music, country music fans and the history of the music. Then I got more into hip hop, and it didn’t make sense to announce myself as against rap. I’ve met a lot of people passionate about music, and one thing seems to be certain: more often than not, when asking someone what they like, they’ll say “a little of everything.” Everything, that’s awesome! The inequality inherent in our society has fostered these two genres to be sounds of two different groups who have distinct cultures all their own, music included: black Americans and working class white Americans. That is not all rap though. Jake Scott, Super Bowl MVP of Miami's perfect season, dies. Country. Religious? - Whatever You Like [Official Video]Subscribe:http://bit.ly/YouTubeTIvsTIPThe new US or ELSE EP is available on all digital retailers. With the evolution came more vulgarity and a significant decrease in social consciousness and awareness. Can't Say I Ain't Country is the fourth studio album by American country music duo Florida Georgia Line.It was released on February 15, 2019, through the Big Machine Label Group. I never knew, however, that the “Hillbilly” chart was its direct counterpart. An argument can be made that the majority of rap music that comes out today either has a negative message, or none at all. Neighbor down the roads got a cow for sale Twenty dollars more you get the horns and tail Saturday night we're goanna go get drunk Something in the road smells like a skunk. No doubt. Its about a black guy who grew up in the hood who then later moves to a rich neighbourhood after his parents get enough money, but then proceeds to do drugs with the white kids, and raps about how he doesn't fit in. It goes over great with the crowd. There is no way around it; rap today promotes violence, materialism, drug use and dealing, gang culture, foul language and the degradation of women. I remember first encountering this argument in Johnny Cash’s Cash: The Autobiography, which I read a few years ago because Johnny Cash epitomizes country to rock fans, so I should probably read that book, right? The music industry deciders of the 1920s would be very impressed by this, that their legacy has lived this long. For the first couple of months, it felt a bit like foreign language immersion school. In spite of it all, Hank Williams Jr. points out that "country folks can survive." You can’t argue against that. As a music fan, most of my friends are music fans. I like those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks I like going to the jeweler, I put rocks all in my watch I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance I like proving niggas wrong, I do what they say I can't They call me Cardi Bardi, banging body Spicy mami, hot … Those were the two genres that I avoided like the plague. The other day in a salon, my stylist asked where I worked. These are things that people fail to realize. You’re a country music fan. To listeners today, country music is the sound of whiteness as much as hip hop is the sound of blackness. Big Phil This for you pimpin'. The distaste for country, however, stayed strong. 'I do not mean to trigger': Willis explains Instagram pic. “I can amuse you, but there is nothing I can do to make you mine.” This song by Morrissey is all about the hardest stage of loving someone you can never have: the realization. @CabriniUniversity’s Student Media “Is the declaration ‘Anything but country’ really about the music?” Hubbs asked in her book. It fetishizes the idea of a barefooted, primitive life where music just flowed out of banjos and guitars, a pureness that doesn’t exist in what is played on country radio. Of course. I struggled with my admiration of country music, as I was raised solidly upper middle class, and was privileged enough to go to school to get a degree in a field of cultural studies. While they seem completely separate, hip hop and country sit on the extremes of the spectrum of popular musical genres, and find themselves subject to many of the same criticisms. That bluegrass even falls under the same umbrella as country pop is an abomination to anyone who pays attention. Ask most people what themes pop into their mind when they hear “country music” and you will probably get a mixture of partying, alcohol, love, heartbreak, trucks, drug use, women, family, good vibes and the southern lifestyle. If rap wants a better rep, it starts with producing more meaningful music and that is the bottom line. CAN'T SAY Lyrics: No, you can't say if I'm mad or not / Smokin' hella weed, I'm on that alcohol / Shawty lick me clean the way she suck me off / I keep two hoes in my bed, I got 'em turnin' out Are some country musicians conservative? went 11x platinum because it catered to what each market found listenable. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Can you be a country singer if you didn’t grow up on a farm? Bands, Businesses, Restaurants, Brands and Celebrities can create Pages in order to connect with their fans and customers on Facebook. So to answer the question if it is fair that rap has a worse reputation than country music, I honestly believe it is. Earlier this year, I read a book that was the missing piece of the puzzle for me. Not being able to appreciate a song because you refuse to listen to it means you miss the subtleties, the humor, the craft and tradition of an entire genre. I used to say frequently: "I listen to everything except country and rap." SUBSCRIBE for daily travel videos: http://bit.ly/2hyQnZ1 INSTAGRAM? This created two, in Hubbs’ words, “racially distinct marketing categories:” hillbilly and race. As a music fan, most of my friends are music fans. Even though they both stand alone, they share similar roots and in some cases the same content. That’s when the “everything but country” comment started to bug me. Country music fans don't mind making fun of themselves and their music. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⬇️, Subscribe to receive inspiration, ideas, and news in your inbox. For those of you who, like me, grew up thinking country music was all John Denver and line dancing, here’s a little introduction to this incredibly diverse genre. Are some hip hop songs vulgar? It still has the ability to be fun, to make you want to dance. They say I can't be from Washington DC. There’s a real anxiety in this, and country music is an immediate “flashpoint,” in Hubbs’ words, for this internal struggle of outward presentation. The middle class white actively avoid identifying with country music and hip hop because it represents something they’re afraid of being perceived as: something other than white, and something lower than middle class. I figured people just weren’t trying, heard, Earlier this year, I read a book that was the missing piece of the puzzle for me. Listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta” when it first came out arose a feeling of true joy realizing the creative power popular artists still have. I love country music and I can tolerate some raps songs every now and then but these are two completely different mindsets. My world was rock and roll and rock history. You speak, we listen! (Editor’s note from Casey: Laura attended Cranbrook in the summers and is not unbiased on the subject.). The words may be nice but the music is sterile. Would it be better if they made it out of the hood with an education? You are obviously intrigued with this genre called country rap, or you wouldn’t be here. The excitement I felt at an Ashley Monroe album release show where she brought out Miranda Lambert to sing a song they collaborated on was a buzz I had not felt since I first discovered the empowerment of rock and roll. 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