Friday, July 26, 2013

Stick to what you know

First of all, I like rap. I also like country music. I like most genres of music that I have heard, but I don't think that I have a favourite. There is a lot of great music which I will never hear, or like. That's just me and my personal tastes. I bought a rap record second hand in the late '80s, 'Raising Hell' by Run-DMC, because it had the version of 'Walk This Way' that I had become more familiar with, and ended up liking it better than the original (the entire album, pretty good). Having established that, I could never get into 'gangsta' rap, with its violent, misogynistic lyrics, and the near-constant ingratiating (is that the right word?) references to themselves by name and all the 'bling' they have. 

As for the recent controversy with Drake, I did not hear the song, I just read the lyrics. Yes, I was taken aback, but I did not take it personally. Ignorance abounds, I have long accepted that. Not to be politically correct here, but this sort of thing should be nipped in the bud early, because this could contribute to problems already experienced by people with disabilities, or start a dangerous new trend (I have always thought that that episode of "South Park" which had 'Kick a Ginger Day' unwittingly did just that). 

His and J Cole's apology does not change my opinion of him (If you feel the need to apologize to Autism Speaks, you have definitely done something wrong). He still doesn't get it, but it is too soon to expect a change of attitude. I will not hold it against him, I have always had a bigger problem with people who actually know autistic people and try to 'help' us. (more examples here and here [FB]).

Peace out.