ANSWERS: 36
  • I guess one thing could be the negitive lyrics - and strong cussing/dirty talk -- Now thats what I saw/heard on a T.V. show
  • Because people don't realize that rap isn't always meaningless and about crime and drugs. However a lot of the popular rap music does talk about drugs, violence, rape, or just have pointless lyrics.. People don't see that rap can actually have meaning, and can talk about things like love and society. I don't like most rap, but there are a few artists that I respect greatly and listen to their music often. But at the same time, I don't respect a lot of artists, because they have lyrics about engaging in activities that I think do not need to be glorified.
  • what is there to possibly respect about it?
  • Lines like..calgon calgon take me away...LOL..how original..lets recycle commercial and call it lyrics :)
  • Because of the lyrics and the subjest matter. Plus the stuff on the radio is about as original as dirt. If it would have stayed like it was when I was young instead of going for the shock factor it would have had a hell of a lot more respect.
  • i guess rap isn't a respected genre to some. i really was trying to think about this from different angles because recently i've been changing the station on the radio and the channel on the television any time any rap songs come on. rap isn't respected because it often glamorizes meaningless, material things, and it is sorely lacking in originality. that being said, i know a lot of people DO respect rap... those people are either people who see it as a way to make themselves look cooler (people like my younger brother--god help him), or people who have taken the time to look deeper and do some research about the artists. for instance- the rapper MIMS, has that (annoying) song called "this is why i'm hot." now, the song is lame beyond belief in my opinion, but his life story is tragic, for real.. and his rap name is an acronym for Music Is My Savior. a lot of times the songs tell a story that's kind of interesting, and if you can get past all of the crap mixed in you might be surprised to find yourself respecting rap a little bit mroe.
  • Because of people's general ignorance about it. Why isn't jazz more popular? Good music is hard to find and most aren't willing to look. "American radio listeners, raised on a diet of shit, have experienced a musical universe so small they cannot begin to know what they like." - Frank Zappa
  • It is. The people who don't respect it only know the commercial c'rap' the media serves up
  • It's considered the language of the streets, and has more talking than music.
  • What modern trend was ever a respected genre at the time of popularity! It will be highly respected by those who grew up through it and questioned by those who did not but eventually it will have great affection I am sure and will be seen as quaint to a younger generation of the future just like Dylan etc is today!
  • I like some rap, I like the primitiveness of it. It has big deep bass with few instruments. Its like one big dance around a fire - caveman style. Rap is brand new viewpoints mixed with prehistoric musicmaking ability. Perhaps it isn't highly respected because of the lack of respect the rap industry shows to anyone but itself, or those directly related to the boosting of their already massive egos. Or the fact that the industries own award show has no "polish" whatsoever - it looks like its filmed in a high school auditorium.
  • I think the late great Sam Kinison said it best; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEsF_2RYLTQ
  • because the same way i don't like country, it's misunderstood, the rap slang and sayings are misunderstood, therefore, it's not respected because no one but hip hop fans can decode the messages, if you're not a true hip hop fan it's useless to try and teach it
  • Because rap talks about drugs and gangs and they try to show off with money. I didn't even know that they pay a guy to make the beats and all that stuff. It is also not interesting because cops are telling you to be drug free and this guys on T.V. say that drugs are o.k. I think that kids these days are into drugs and all of that because of the rappers.
  • To much violence and negativity in the lyrics.
  • because most of it is just meaningless dribble and pap....yes there are some rappers are cool but the rest is just a waste of time also if they didn't 'rip off' so much music they just might not look so much like wanna b's and tryhards...anyone can be a rapper but it takes talent to be a musso
  • Because it's a genre that requires the least amount of natural talent. C,mon.....shouting and rhyming? I do believe there are rappers who can actually sing or have distinquished voices.....Nelly, Eminem, ETC.
  • Because the artists and their lyrics suck, they keep blabbering about themselves, with girls jumping around in bikinis in the background. If you call this music, then I feel sorry for you.
  • Because alot of the rap you hear is defiant toward a larger uprising. The African American community, rightfully so, has been fighting for equality and abolishing stereo types. Rap music promotes alot of the modern day 'black' stereo typing. They are intentionally keeping their own race in a social downward spiral while sitting like fat cats in their million dollar mansions. I believe w/their talent and influence w/the media and teenagers, the rap artists of this world could make a hugh impact on the social status of the African American community. And some have. Another reason I believe its not respected is because of all the sampling that is utilized. Its kinda like taking a piece of a daVinci painting, a piece from Monet, and a piece from Salvador Dali and pasting them together with your own little piece. It would be art, but then youd have to leave up to the person looking at it just as you would the person listening to music.
  • because it has had such a negative effect on middle class white protestent suberbia. the only class that matters
  • Well, if you look at the negative connotation it puts on respect for women, the law, and its use of laguage to simply be cursing and not trying to drive a point home you could understand. However, I listen to metal, which sometimes has violent lyrics and disregard for the law, but yet country seems to be nothing but sex and alcohol, but you listen to what you want to,and that should be everyone's choice.
  • because its a misunderstood genre.
  • Because it has become sooo comercial. its lost its meaning. its stopped being about fighting oppression and expressing feelings and more about selling records. however there are still quite a few brilliant artists.
  • Lots of the music is sampled or remakes of songs already done but I do like lots of hip hop and rap anyways.
  • Same reason that Jazz isn't respected by classical buffs, Rock isn't respected by Jazz cats, Dance is weedy for Rockers and moshers are scruffy to everyone. Public Enemy, Run DMC, Roots, NWA - all great acts in my opinion but my music teachers all hated it. That said I never got on with Verdi that well so... And, as I find myself saying a lot these days, "There are only two genres of music - Good and Bad" - Miles Davis
  • because of what the fans support blame yourself if you go buy a bs dance record the reason why rap is dead is because of what is supported but theres many artists that you need to look at Immortal Technique Saigon Killah Priest Canibus Akir Pharoahe Monch Jean Grae Trae i also like classic rock from Loverboy to Foreigner
  • I think people confuse liking a certain genre with respecting it. I respect all forms of music. I rarely listen to rap music because of certain elements that I find irritating and/or derogatory. That doesn't mean that I do not respect it as a valid musical expression. Saying all rap is negative is like saying all rock is great. That is simply not true. Rap is just not really my "cup of tea." I like certain artists who combine rap with live instrument performance, such as The Roots and Outkast, or with deep philosophical meaning such as Common or Talib Kweli. I don't really like party songs, whether they be rock or rap, but you have to respect the artistry. If an artist, regardless of genre, can make someone think, feel good, feel angry, or get up and shake their booty, at least they are making people feel something... That is what art is all about.
  • Rap music is a genre that you either love or hate; personally I don`t mind the odd Tupac and other songs that have certain meanings and aren`t all, hoes and things. Yeah some songs like thaat don`t do that much harm but some people just can`t handle it. I like No Matter What by T.I it`s his life story and it makes you interested to hear the rap in the end. I think a lot of people can love rap and a lot of people hate rap.
  • because puff daddy killed it the way Poison killed rock. A genre emerges, it's cool, it gets pop, then it gets exploited for a few quick bucks, then it loses credibility. That's the cycle of art.
  • It's not now because it has grown into such a mess of over indulgence and just general crap. Half arsed rhymes and beats, makes me sick! Up until the turn of the Century I could have purchased atleast 6 albums a month and every one would be a gem. I think Hip Hop Music was respected back in the 80's. the genre Really pushed boundaries musically and so much more. Critically it was flying too. Loads of stuff in the 90's was greatly recieved critically too. I think Hip Hop was excepted and respected but its just not now 'cause its turned into a joke, unless you really search for something less excessable.
  • cuz people are too dumb to look past the mainstream.. past chamillionaire and those other fags. like, if you think about it, rap isn't ALL gangsta rap. just by knowing there's gangsta rap, you should know that theres other rap.. there are different categories then gangsta rap but people refuse to look past the face of it all. If you ask me, hip-hop should be more respected than any other genre simply cuz you can say a thousand more things in one song than in any other.. instead of beating around the bush like metal and rock. so my final conclusion is rap isn't respected because its all recycled.
  • I) Its a repeating rhythm and beat II) The lyrics are totally crap! III) Its annoying when someone continiusly speaks in the song IV) Even a 10 yr kid can create a rap beat A very good example is Aerosmith "Dream on" compare it with the Eminem version, dream on is better you can feel the song! I'm a huge Metal/Rock fan so this is just my opinion no offence :P
  • I have read that rap originated in Jamaica, where copyright laws are pretty much non-existant. They believe intellectual property should be shared freely.
  • People don't realize that not all Hip Hop is about cars, clothes, cash, and clothes. It's sad
  • Even though I don't like it, I think it's pretty respected now days. Certainly by the Grammies anyway.
  • All they seem to drone on about now is niggers and bitches. It's kind of hard to take that kind of dribble seriously. Sad. Old school used to be good. Cool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Flash, & Run DMC. That was good.

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