I found it very interesting when she spoke about her days on the basketball courts where people would freestyle on a B-side cassette and who ever had the most creative lines were the next to play. Personally, I had never thought about where hip hop came from. I understood how black blues during the 1930's helped shape country music in the 1950's through the 1960's paving the way for artists like Hank Williams Sr and Johnny Cash. I can see how the concept of "dumbing down" today's hip hop is the only way to sell records. Music all around seems to have taken a "cheaper" route. I think the foundation of hip hop music needs to be talked about more!
This leads me to my next topic. It is a side note. I was looking at Dr. Rose's other publications on her website and noticed she published a rare oral narrative about the history of sexuality of black women. It is a topic I feel is not talked about publicly. In relation to the topic of hip hop where not much is known about black women's sexuality besides their sexual desire and sense of ownership by men who are rapping, more needs to be understood about the culture of black women. Dr. Rose's book, Longing to Tell, may be open society's eyes to a cultural understanding of black cultural sexuality. The description of the book describes taking the reader into the testimonies of black women to break the silence of society's perceptions of black women as sexual beings.
Looking at these cultural aspects to teenagers, this brings me to the past reading by Raby when the Tangle of Discourse is discussed. It sounds like the way hip hop today is being displayed as teenagers as the social problem. For example, Dr. Rose argues the misconceptions that rap songs today promote violence, substance use and sexuality. The pleasurable consumption discourse can be applied to these ideas as well, for teenagers are the target audience for these songs as the lyrics and videos appeal to teenagers.
Who or what is responsible for this shift in hip hop music? What does this say about artists such as Jay-Z and 50 Cent who modify their philosophy as an artist and conform to less than standard music?