DK wrote:Art & baseball took the words directly out of my mouth. In fact, I think we may be the Cafe's leading experts on underground rap.
Anyway, I feel bad because Art has added nearly everything to this conversation I might've been able to on my own.
In short, F*** ClearChannel. (That was also a great underground rap tour, actually.)
Dude just cause ClearChannel owns 99.9% of everything you hear isn't that bad...hahah
ClearChannel annoys the living hell out of me. They're essentially the reason that people who listen to rap music have degraded their standards to listen to the crap they play, and that everyone who hates rap (Re: many, many people) hate it. They bury all the good artists so people believe that rap nowadays is ALL the same, all what they hear on MTV.
I've talked to so many people who think rap is all disgusting, mysoginistic, worthless, and talentless, although they all say they listen to either Jurassic 5, Wu-Tang, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, or Tupac, because they're the only good rap ever played on MTV. If ClearChannel would actually play the good rap, that thought would never have entered people's minds.
When I tell people I listen to rap, they look at me weird. Then I tell them that I have no 50 Cent, Nelly, Chingy, Lil' Jon, Bow Wow, Sean Paul, G-Unit, Lil' Wayne, or any other crap on MTV, they look at me and say (and I swear this is a direct quote) "Then how do you listen to rap?"
It disgusts me how badly ClearChannel has skewed rap in people's minds, and for that whenever I pass their Times Square HQ in NYC I give a big middle finger to the camera outside.