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What Music Are We Listening to?

I don't appreciate song writers and rap artists insulting my intelligence by saying stupid lyrics over top of some awesome beats! Now this has been going on for years! I remember saying something similar some years back when I was in high school, "I don't like what he is saying, but I love the beats." I find myself still doing that. What is up with the music we are listening to? Is it just me or is it getting worse?

I can't help but think that the heavenly God above was using Pittsburgh's only urban contemporary radio station as an example by allowing it to be bought by none other than a religious group! Of course, there were other dynamics behind the 8.9 million sale that were not spiritual and I write about it on ( How about the WAMO radio station has been going downhill for years and finally the old owners got fed up and said something like, "Enough is enough! Let the young people buy their music online, burn their CDs, and do whatever else they are going to do to listen to their garbage, because we are tired of it! There is no money to be made being bothered with them!" Of course, I am making an assumption of what they possibly said behind closed doors.

I am not much of a listener these days of R&B and Hip Hop personally. When I listen to music it is usually anything that is positive and uplifting. If it's not, I am quick to turn it off. I think that as parents, we need to tell our children to do just that! "If it's not positive, free of harsh lyrics, turn it off!" As parents we need to shield them from negativity at least at home for as long as we can, because they are getting enough of it when they are around their friends.

Back when I was in high school which was in the early 90s, the male R&B groups dominated the radio airwaves. I couldn't help back then to think that alot of the teenage pregnancies (there were alot of them) was attributed to all the talk of sex that had been glorified in those songs. People were freakin' back then, lickin' up and down, sexin', bumpin, grindin', and the rappers tried to tell the young brothas and sistas to use "Jimmy" (a condom), but many were still going skin-to-skin! Oh the music was influential especially if you were watching Video Soul, Yo MTV Raps, and lesser known television shows.

Some of the R&B and Hip Hop music was also in the African American movies and when one came out with a good soundtrack, you had to be the first to get it and everyone wanted to "dub" your cassette. There were groups like NWA who had no respect for anyone and often talked about women like they were nothing more than something to play with, drop off on a curb, and then off to find another one. They also talked alot about shooting n*ggas too!

The music that we hear nowadays I think is a byproduct of what we heard before us and unfortunately as more and more listeners desire more harder lyrics, musicians and singers will only give them what they want despite the repercussions of what they say.

So I ask the question, "What music are we listening to?"

Written by Nicholl McGuire

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