Friday, February 27, 2009

There's Not Even Any SINGing!


Big Hollywood writer Mike Baron is confused by this hip-hop stuff, which is totally not music :
Cultural arbiters such as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and People regularly cover hip-hop as serious art, generally in the music section.  But if music is a combination of rhythm, harmony, and melody, where does hip-hop, with its chanting and choruses “sampled” from better songs fit in?  Is it music?  Not by definition.  It’s a perpetuation of “the dozens,” the tradition of black cultural put-downs and sports-style cheerleading set to a beat.
Wait - where's People's "serious art" section again?

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