hard truth Posted June 15, 2004 Share Posted June 15, 2004 I am in my mid-forties, I have been playing and listening to music since I was a teenager and I have educated, eclectic musical tastes. I have a good bit of knowledge on who's who in rock, jazz, blues, world music, and experimental music. I have to defend Kid Rock. I think time will prove that Kid Rock is one of the most original and influential artists of our time. Like Elvis and the Beatles he combines black genres (hip hop) with white genres (hard rock, southern rock and country) in an original new way. I think he is hated for a few reasons: 1. Very few people are open minded enough to enjoy all of these disparate genres, so they resent this cross breeding. 2. He has deliberately cultivated a white trash persona. Low income uneducated white people are the current socially acceptable subculture to discriminate against. 3. He has deliberately cultivated a brash, boastful, lecherous, obnoxious persona. I can somewhat understand that people react negatively to this, but I think that they miss the joke: Its an ACT. He is funny and entertaining. He doesn't take himself seriously, there is often self depreciation in his lyrics alongside the boasting. You don't have to like him anymore than you like Homer Simpson. But if you can be open minded enough to go along for the ride the guy is pretty amusing. And he's not nearly as malevolent as most gangster rappers-he doesn't sing about the joys of doing drive by shootings or beating hos. I issue this challenge to those who think they don't like him: Don't judge him from a TV appearance performing atypical material. Listen to most of his albums "Cocky" and "Devil without a Cause." Unless you are prudish and you hate rap, heavy metal or country I think you will have to admit: 1. The band rocks: they get great rhythmic grooves, build dynamic excitement well and the guitar solos are very good. I think the band has the kind of rhythmic vitality that the Stones, ACDC. Led Zep, Aerosmith and precious few others have been able to achieve. 2. The arrangements are innovative and interesting in the way they combinbe elements from different genres. 3. The lyrics are unusual and funny. 4. He's a good singer able to convincingly rap, scream rock and croon country. If you have actually heard these albums, I challenge you to tell me what is wrong with his abilities (within the genres he performs, obviously he should not be compared to a jazz fusion player) and who can do rap-metal-country better than he does. If you haven't heard these albums then you don't know what you're talking about. www.oranjproductions.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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