Bruce Springsteen. The Rolling Stones. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Those would be the songs in the middle (union, if you will) of the Venn Diagram titled “Music Caitlin & Her Parents Like”. Rod Stewart. …okay, that’s pretty much the only one I can’t tolerate, would be on the right side. 2Pac. Lupe Fiasco. Notorious B.I.G. That’s the left side. [side note - I often think in Venn Diagrams. Like I legitimately visualize them and place items in their appropriate locations. Just me? I didn't think so.] My parents listen to some awesome music, and I definitely have a huge appreciation for that and still listen to a lot of it. How can I not when The Boss and I hail from Freehold? My frame of reference has changed drastically over time (I’m soo old & wise), from classic rock, to teeny-bopper hot messes, to annoying hard rock, to edgy/emoness, and then back to classic rock. I just can’t stop listening to hip-hop lately, though. [Current obsessions: Take Care (Drake), Ambition (Wale), Pink Friday (Nicki... still.), and Watch the Throne (Jay & Ye)]
to the windooooows... to the walls!
When I was home/at my parents’ house/in my hometown over the holiday weekend, I was enjoying some cable television enjoyment on the couch. Flipping through the channels, I came across a Lil Wayne Takeover on Fuse. Cha-Ching, right?! I was rapping along (flawlessly, duh.) as my mother was performing some upkeep on her Farm(ville) on the computer in the same room. She turns around and said, “Well, this needs to go off.” As if she was ensuing that Tunechi wasn’t speaking to the woes I experienced as a Caucasian female raised in suburban, Central New Jersey. How dare she! Like, Mom, I got money, and I know it! I will take it out my pockets and show it AND blow it! It got me thinking about something I have talked about to my roommate who shares my affinity for rap culture. What is it about that music? Like, what’s the appeal? Well, I can’t represent everyone, but I have some reasons:
- They like to dance: “Back it up and dump it.” – Lil Wayne
- They wrote like me: “Started a little blog just to get some traffic.” – Kanye West
- They break norms: “I mean, Marilyn Monroe, she’s quite nice. But why all the pretty icons always all white?” – Jay-Z
- They use figurative language so well (here, rhyming and allusions): “If you could turn back time, Cher. You used to be here now you’re gone, Nair.” – Nicki Minaj
- They reaffirm my beliefs in financial avoidance: “I’ve never really been one for the preservation of money.” – Drake
Basically, what’s not to dig? I love singing along to anything I know (or don’t know, for that matter) and rapping totally makes it more interesting. I know, I know. ”Caitlin, what was the first song that made you feel that way? Like, when did you know you’d be rapping along with your iPod no matter the venue or audience?”
what's that? i didn't hear you...
So, in summary, I like rap & I don’t care who knows! I will change my parents’ radio presets when I’m home to HOT97 & 105.1. I will have rap battles with my sister/cousin/stranger at the bar whenever the situation presents itself. I will continue to feel as if I can relate to the situations they talk about which may or may not relate to my life.
i love rap music. and i love the internet for knowing this image exists.
Your thoughts? On my thoughts or your own thoughts. Either way. I’m not picky.