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From Killer Mike to Fat Joe, hip-hop stars talk about how first rap song resonated with them

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By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. and GARY GERARD HAMILTON

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Am I old-fashioned?

I do not appreciate poorly written music praising the thuggery and the degradation of society.

I really miss great so-called black bands writing real music and singing in great harmonies about the problems with society.

Sorry if I offended you all.Invalid CSRF

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I feel sorry for anyone who had their first exposure to rap being Will Smith.

kinda explains why haven’t heard of their own rap career at all or why they are a DJ just playing the music of actually talented people,

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I do not appreciate poorly written music praising the thuggery and the degradation of society.

Me neither. Fortunately, a lot of hip-hop isn't poorly-written music that praises thuggery and the degradation of society.

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That would have been 1980

Blondie’s Rapture

Fab Five Freddy told me everybody's fly

DJ spinnin' I said, "My My"

Flash is fast, Flash is cool

France Soir c'est pas Flash et Nous Deux

François c'est pas, Flash ain't no dude

And you don't stop, sure shot

Go out to the parking lot

And you get in your car and drive real far

And you drive all night and then you see a light

And it comes right down and it lands on the ground

And out comes a man from Mars

And you try to run but he's got a gun

And he shoots you dead and he eats your head

And then you're in the man from Mars

You go out at night eatin' cars

You eat Cadillacs, Lincolns too

Mercurys and Subaru

And you don't stop, you keep on eatin' cars

Then, when there's no more cars you go out at night

And eat up bars where the people meet

Face to face, dance cheek to cheek

One to one, man to man

Dance toe to toe, don't move too slow

'Cause the man from Mars is through with cars

He's eatin' bars, yeah wall to wall

Invalid CSRF

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The 80s was a renaissance of music.

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@CuteUsagi No just a little out of touch! but that is your choice BTW what is a so-called black band? Either they are called black or African American! NOT SO called!!!

Am I old-fashioned?

I do not appreciate poorly written music praising the thuggery and the degradation of society.

I really miss great so-called black bands writing real music and singing in great harmonies about the problems with society.

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‘The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need water. Let it burn. Let it burn,’” he said.

These lyrics sound kind of familiar, though I thought they went, "We don't need no water. Let the motherahem burn. Burn motherahem, burn."

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Cute,you probably do not like music promoting Black liberation either,Like fight the power that be

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A lot of the rappers in NYC in the late '70s had songs on tapes before the first official hip-hop song came out. I heard lots of Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Treacherous Three, Crashcrew, Spoonie G and Cold Crush songs before Rapper's Delight or King Tim III were put on wax. I was just speaking to my man in Jersey yesterday and we were both talking about how we wished we still had some of those tapes. Gold now.

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Young generations will never know James Brown, Billie Holiday, John Lee Hooker and more. Great blues and funk music legacy destroyed because of rap and hiphop dominating the spotlight. And people are afraid to say so and criticize because of what they will be called if they do.

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Young generations will never know James Brown, Billie Holiday, John Lee Hooker and more.

Yes, they will.

Great blues and funk music legacy destroyed

Musicians today continue to sing and play jazz, blues, funk and soul. Nothing has been destroyed.

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Young generations will never know James Brown, Billie Holiday, John Lee Hooker and more. Great blues and funk music legacy destroyed because of rap and hiphop dominating the spotlight. And people are afraid to say so and criticize because of what they will be called if they do.

Makes perfect sense. Everyone totally forgot about Mozart and Tchaikovsky too when Jazz was invented.

/s

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Remember the first rap song you heard? ............No, I am still waiting. Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rossini etc etc....were not in to it........thank dog. I have never heard a rap song, in fact I tend to ignore most modern music, except the 2 Best Japanese Female hard rock bands. They are the best in the world, and I listen to them as much as the composers above so they must have some thing very special.

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Remember the first rap song you heard? 

Possibly. Do you remember the first piece of classical you ever heard?

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Musical traditions are destroyed by rap and hiphop -except for diehard collectors - because they get no airplay anymore. You get hiphop as the backing music in family restaurants and shopping malls now. It’s everywhere. No variety.

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