Do you listen to rap or hip-hop music?

Do you listen to rap or hip-hop music?
Yes quite a bit
14% (91 votes)
Yes some
16% (104 votes)
Yes, but rarely
22% (143 votes)
49% (327 votes)
Total votes: 665

Time to bust or confirm an audiophile stereotype: David Chesky is wondering if you ever listen to rap or hip-hop music?

Mike Agee's picture

While probability suggests some of it must be worthwhile, I just can't be bothered. Rap is the musical progenitor of a generation of cellphone addicted yammering sheep; very little to say said endlessly, while hip hop represents an abysmally devolved and depressing set of priorities. I'm sorry, but machine generated "beats" don't cut it as a form. Both are pathetically provincial and narrow, not the expressions of a great popular culture. Hasn't this stuff been around forever? Jeez, from goths to rappers, is American popular culture in need of new blood or what?

Bruce from Chappaqua's picture

There is too much music I relate to for me to bother with genres that seem uninteresting, which has been my experience with rap and other recent movements in the urban and dance niches.

flamingo's picture

Yes, I love rap music, but 90% of recent rap is shit! Like vinyl, it can be a hidden hard-to-find treasure. I wish these rappers were all broke again, so they could make music instead of this money, sex, and bling crap!

Bevan's picture

Used to listen to a lot more, when the stuff was "bad" and better...

Chris V's picture

Only when part of a movie or TV soundtrack. If well recorded, my Revel Ultima Sub30 then wreaks havoc with my architecture.

Bryan Cooper's picture

I'm one of those individuals who thinks the phrase hip-hop music is an oxymoron.

Rob's picture

Over the course of about six weeks last year I spent some time with A Priority Records box set called The Hip Hop Box, which focused primarily on the early years of the style. The (high) level of invention and creative energy on display was typical of new genres. My experience has been that the very best of any genre (almost) is worth one's time, particularly those that have had a large impact.

Kal Rubinson's picture

Annoys me.

DG's picture

Absolutely, yes. I, a middle-aged white guy in Dallas, probably have one of the largest and finest collections of Gen 1 rap music (on 12" vinyl) in private hands. I made mix cd's for a couple of my younger compadres this fall and they were really surprised that rap didn't begin with Fresh Prince. Chuck D is a genius, by any measure. I like JZ and 808 'n' Heartbreak is good work, though not up to the White Album-level hype and way over reliant on that vocal effect. What music can best Grandmaster Flash, early Africa Bambaata, or Kurtis Blow for relevance to its time and place? For those who see no range in the music, try The Fearless Four "Problems of the World" back to back with De La Soul "A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturdays'" to see the reality. The social tragectory traced in rap music is best expressed in David Allen Grier's question on Chocolate News when he wondered how we got from "White lines, Don't do it" to "Wait 'til you see my dick." Right now, the Classic Records version of Beth Orton's Central Reservation is spinning under the stylus and the rhythmic influences of rap music can be heard in spots. How could you not listen to rap? To me would be like not wearing cotton shirts, not liking puppies, or not enjoying a spring day. Sure, personal preference is valid but one can only be so wrong and still claim to be right.

Brad - Atlanta's picture

Only on rare occasions. I feel that rap has little to offer, musically speaking. (Hey! That might be a pun!)

Chris V's picture

I don't understand what this question has to do with being an audiophile. Music is art, and I listen to all types—classical to rap

John's picture

It's not music.

Cesar's picture

Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but the rap and hip-hop I listen to tend to come from an earlier generation of artists; Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Nas, etc. Some of the newer artists just don't do it for me, not sure why. Unlike most people, I don't think sampling in and of itself is a crime; as long as you have permission, of course. Sampling whole phrases doesn't appeal much to me. I tend to prefer when a short blast or flurry is sampled and played back synchopated, not on the "one", for example. As for sound quality, it is what it is. Just like any album of any genre, I want to hear what the engineer or artist heard during the making of the album. If it's intended to sound lo-fi, then so be it. And just an added comment, I'd love to know what some vinyl fans here think of what hip-hop DJ's, or "turntablists" do with their equipment. Makes you weak in the knees, huh. Don't worry, no tables were harmed in the making of this music. These tables aren't necessarily designed for audio purity, mostly for vinyl manipulation. And as for those that will undoubtedly claim that this isn't music... isn't that what your parents said of rock'n roll, or your grandparents of jazz? You may not like it, and that's fine, but don't dismiss it just because you don't like it. Now you just sound like your parents.

Rile's picture

My equipment is too expensive to poison it with such junk.

Craig in NJ's picture

Never listen to rap—that "music" really drives me crazy!

Anonymous's picture

rock, pop, blues & contemporary too. Thank you for providing high quality recordings.

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Jeff, GA's picture

In the car!

Steve's picture

I've never bought a rap or hip-hop recording. It is impossible to not hear it on a daily basis. It is drivel pure and simple. It all sounds the same: bad.

Nightspore68's picture

While I think most of it is atrocious and shouldn't even be labeled "music," I must admit I can't resist Notorious B.I.G.

mrod's picture

As soon as I detect that it is either misogynistic or meant to incite or glorify violence, it's off the air!

Stu Pidasso's picture

It is not music. I have heard it "by accident" only.

Michael Lankton's picture

The worst thing to happen to popular music, ever. How many inner city youths pick up instruments and learn to play in this age, where a good chunk of their role models espouse handguns and fast money instead of hard work? Not musical, morally bankrupt, contributing to the ruination of a lost generation of disadvantaged youth who deserve better. P.S. I'm a corrections officer, so I see the fallout of this every day.

Enny Arrow's picture

Run DMC in a lossless format is hard to beat (pardon the pun). Very lively, less boring than close-miked recording.

Ken's picture

Absolutely hate the crap.

Steph's picture

Not music.

Hoser Rob's picture

Not so much pre '94 or so, drum machines before groove templates were horrible. As with any dick-swingin' music, I like 3% or so and hate the other 97%.

KEN WEBB's picture

Wu-Tang/RZA/Dr. Dre, etc. Incredible productions.

KJ's picture

Less than pop, but more than country. All of these less than classical, jazz, and bluegrass!

bro's picture

Good God—what a silly question! We are well beyond the age when "genre" mattered. there is some truly great rap and hip-hop out there. "Illmatic" by NAS is a timeless classic for once and I give it a spin quite often.