The Nine Faces of Dave
2002-01-21 23:22:37 (UTC)

rap beats, or jazz organ?

On my way home from the clinic today, I decided to be a
little more mainstream. So, I tuned my radio to a local
rap station. Reaction: Egad.

Right now, it's really clear why rap is out of favor with
so many people. Now I like early rap, like Kool Moe Dee,
Sir Mix-A-Lot, and all those guys. But this newer stuff is
getting really hatin'.

The first song playing had something to do with "strokin'
it" or "workin' it" or something. That was followed by
something from Sisqo. The lyrics there made so little
sense that I couldn't tell if he was rapping about gettin'
it on or about ordering a value meal at McDonald's.

How does this stuff get popular? I just don't get it.
Back in the day, popular artists were people like Jimi
Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, James Brown, and
the Rolling Stones. Even Traffic and Dire Straits were
popular in the '70s and '80s. These days, we get Dave
Matthews, Sisqo, Korn, Nickelback, and Jay-Z.

I suppose it's important to remember that there were a
whole lot of shitty bands back in the 1960s and '70s. The
thing that bothers me is, why are my tastes different from
everyone else's?

For example, out of everyone in my yearbook class, I'm
almost certainly the only one who's ever listened to "The
Sermon." I'm probably also the only one who owns any
albums by Traffic. This probably applies to the whole
school, making me a real weirdo.

These differences extend to other things, like movies,
television, video games, etc. Who knows what really causes
it? I guess I'm just sick of being the odd fellow.

I'm going to listen to some Queen now. End transmission.