Is this the face of a new public enemy?

Is this the face of a new public enemy?

There are 22 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 9, 2007, titled Is this the face of a new public enemy?. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Rap music sags in popularity as critics blame it for negative influences on our society.

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New York, NY

#1 Apr 9, 2007
Hip hop is dead. The glory days of hip hop were late 80's to mid 90's. Groups like A Tribe Called Quest represent what true hip hop is. The hip hop of nowadays is garbage.

Pineville, LA

#2 Apr 9, 2007
Glad to hear rap is on its way out

Orlando, FL

#4 Apr 9, 2007
This cranky old guy, is only too happy to dance on rap's grave. Just tell me where it is.
Jason Lynx

Kissimmee, FL

#5 Apr 10, 2007
As with all once popular music... it is time to move on.

Since: Mar 07

Winter Garden, FL

#6 Apr 10, 2007
This is the best news I have read all day.

Since: Feb 07

Pompano Beach, FL

#7 Apr 10, 2007
Seems like the light bulb finally went off for other people around my age when they start having kids. They realized that they don't want to live in the ghetto or remember the ghetto they fought to get out. Most important of all, I don't think they don't want their children to live that life.

Orlando, FL

#8 Apr 10, 2007
Hip-hop is dead.

Orlando, FL

#9 Apr 10, 2007
I agree 100% with Juice.

United States

#10 Apr 10, 2007
Fred wrote:
Glad to hear rap is on its way out
Rap is not on its way out, but it does need to change course. The only reason the music has changes so drastically over the last 10 years is the influence of corporate America. Record companies only look to get big profits from suburban white kids who buy 80% of rap music.
The entire entertainment industry is hurting - not just rap. Lack of creativity and honesty is not appealing to the american public.

United States

#11 Apr 10, 2007
Hip hop has been dead since the late 90's. It stopped being an artform.., and became a "platform" from which a bunch of egomaniacs preach their twisted views to youths. Now they golrify crack sales, and pimping, as opposed to the feel good/party, & positive message that it once held in the early 80's. Now you have a bunch of uneducated clowns that try to push their own twisted views on everyone!

Orlando, FL

#12 Apr 10, 2007
If rap and Hip-Hop music was dead, why has the Caucasian race embraced it so openly? White males are now buying rap music and listening to the music. Its only a problem now because not only has it embraced the black culture but it is now embracing the white culture. People had no problem when rap was simply an art form for blacks but now whites are listening to it, there is a problem.
In the news

Chicago, IL

#13 Apr 10, 2007
I stopped listening to rap in the 90's, when I was still a teenager and being rebellious, and actually could relate to the "hood." There's nothing to relate to now.

However, as a Hispanic, I am a big fan of reggaeton, but their glory days are also declining. It's the same message in a different language.

Silver Spring, MD

#14 Apr 10, 2007
Rap is and has always been no talent crap. I hope is dies a quick death. Never could stand to listen to most of the filthy, poor old me, gloom and doom lyrics. Best news I've read in a long long time.

Knoxville, TN

#16 Apr 10, 2007
Hip-hop and rap used to be great back in the early 90's. I don't understand how people can listen to this garbage that is being played these days. I call it "Catch-Phrase Killers." These so-called artists are making a living by taking a one-liner, and beating it into the ground for the whole song. I for one couldn't be happier to hear this news.
word is bond

Chicago, IL

#17 Apr 10, 2007
The problem with hip hop today is as DJ Shadow's track sang - It's all about the money.
It's no longer art. It's no longer an outlet for stiffled voices. It's no longer about internal and external struggle. It's no longer deep. It's all about quick cash and instant gratification. And all parties involved are guilty from the money grubbing producers who know the "formula" for a hit record, to the rapper ( I can't even call them MC's anymore - KRS-One was an MC, Young Joc is a rapper ) who knows the "formula" for a hit record. It's simply over saturation of a bad product. How many rap songs can there be about obsure phrases being repeated over and over ad nauseum, rims or grilles?
There are plenty of good hip hop artists out there who hold true to the original ideals of hip hop. It's just a sad note that they don't get any recognition.

Seffner, FL

#19 Apr 10, 2007

Downey, CA

#20 Apr 11, 2007
Don Imus has said nothing that has not been said in hip-hop, the "autherntic" black music form, a thousand times before.

For Sharpton and similar "activists" to object now belies their own racism and selective indignation. They should be suspended, not Imus.

Seffner, FL

#22 Apr 12, 2007
I want to put the last nail in the Hip-Hop/Rap coffin.

Montréal, Canada

#23 Apr 17, 2007
Hip Hop will live, and even though Nas titled his album "Hip hop Is Dead" He says that he hopes Hip Hop is saved. This is a hit hopefully some rappers will think before they write.

Montréal, Canada

#24 Apr 17, 2007
Poseidon wrote:
I'm so tired of them "sampling" (ripping off) music/melodies/harmonies/phras es from old songs. It's completely unoriginal. What will "musicians" do in 20 years? re"sample" the "samples"??? Hip-hop is the crappiest music to ever be made.
Unbelievable some of these comments, I believe in an opinion but if you really haven't listen to Hip Hop you can't say shit. If you've only listen to the Radio or T.V u haven't heard what Hip Hop is, Hip Hop was it's greatest in the 90's but that's not to say that people still don't use that hip hop, Common, J Dilla, Consiquence, De La Soul, Method Man, Wu Tang, Gza, Lupe Fiasco, Nas are all artists that are striving for change and the reason why noone talks about their positives messages, I mean life is life noone complained when Eminem came out with Marshall Mathers Lp, the whole album is about struggling to make it and don't tell me you have;t heard this in other genre of music. Why aren't we pointing the finger at movies and T.V as they put violence in their programs just so more people watch it. I mean there is a show on the air that plays more than 4 times a week where people beat the hell out of eachother(WWE, Ultamate Fighting) but we attack people who say certain things when we're sappost to have freedom of speech. Yeah Right the whole thing makes me sick..........

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