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Somali Rapper Thinks Gangsta Rap is Soft

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I woke up this morning to the sound of rap music  coming from the NPR station.  I was half listening because I was still in a sleep state, but I perked up when I heard this:

K’Naan could not be mistaken for an American rapper: For one thing, he has a kind of vintage Bohemian look. He says he doesn’t think that American rap has much credibility, because even the toughest American neighborhoods aren’t nearly as dangerous as Mogadishu.

“Where rocket-propelled grenades are fired around you on a daily … a guy bragging on TV talking about how gangster he is?” K’Naan says. “For us, it’s more a source of entertainment. It’s more like a comedy or something we watch. Say, ‘Oh wow, that’s kind of cute of American gangsters.’ But it isn’t hardcore, it isn’t that bad. Let’s get things in perspective, you know?”

Unfortunately, for some African American teens (and some adult African Americans) they feel that the music is an accurate depiction of black life in America.  It was true 20 years ago but now rap has become a parody of black life and a laundry list of shallow aspirations. 

To hear more of K’naan’s music check out his MySpace page.


Written by rentec

6 January, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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