MaxFly Posted October 12, 2005 Report Share Posted October 12, 2005 (edited) I think the fear is that one day, this will become more of a hackneyed "do what I say, not what I do" campaign for the positive rap genre. While the issue over Kanye's pornography archive (500 dollars isn't a stash, it's an archive) seems somewhat contrived, it does speak to a larger concern about how these positive rappers present themselves. The catch with Kanye specifically is that Jesus Walks received a great deal of praise, possibly premature, from Christian groups who were pleased that he was willing to acknowledge a religious theme in his music. Even further, he also received a great deal of praise, amid controversy, from secular groups for his boldness and his willingness to stand as a vanguard of positive rap. As a result, when embarassing details come out about his personal life, it's not as easy to shrug off as he would like to. Cozmo makes a good point concerning focusing on teachings rather than the teacher, but oftentimes, a living example is far more powerful than the words he or she speaks, especially for young people. Young people are more realily apt to act on what they see rather than what they hear. At the very least, it creates a sense confusion... should a person heed what is said, or what is done. Now all this doesn't directly relate to Kanye's situation per se. He's not going around rapping about how others shouldn't buy pornography and buying it himself, but it does bring up the topic Tim addressed; in general are these positive rappers going to live the way they encourage others to live in their music. They may see themselves as only entertainers, but a lot of people take them more seriously and look at their lives more closely than they may expect. Edited October 12, 2005 by MaxFly Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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