there is a difference between western and modern, you do know that right? Japan is nothing like NA, why don't you go there and experience it yourself
I don't think its worth explain anything about hip-hop to you unless you do some listening yourself, although I will pose this question, would you rather go to a party with an unsociable host or one with a likeable personality?
Ahaha I'd love to do that, money is a bit of a problem though :P
Anyway, no point in keeping on discussing this topic I guess.
You are definitely right when you say I'd have to listen to more hip-hop, but I still don't understand how English would affect the charisma of a rapper, as you said before, or the likeability of a host (?). You see, this is the point exactly, how can a FOREIGN language make you look better by itself, without even considering what is being said?
I can see where you are coming from, and would have agreed with you a few years back. But the English that are used in Korean hip hop these days are so proficient and meaningful that it just helps with the overall flow of the rhymes that's all. Plus since hip hop is a global phenomenon now, having English verses makes it a lot more accessible, don't you think. I certainly appreciate all the effort the artist puts in to make it flow so smoothly in 2 different languages, no???
I can understand your argument if the English that were used was just to sound "cool" and is a bunch of nonsense, this is very true in it's use for mainstream K-pop raps BTW. But that fool Beenzino's English in that Jazzyfact album is so fluent and full of "swag", as much as I hate to use that word, it sounds so freaking awesome and it transitions seamlessly with the Korean language. It's nothing like the "engrish" that are used in Kpop songs, etc. So I don't see your beef there, but I do see where you are coming from. Another interesting topic is "Asians" or other non-Americans/ specifically non-Blacks trying to be/ act "Black" / American cuz it is viewed as "cool."
To a certain extent there is validity to this "fronting" and being fakes argument, but that is where you have to judge for yourself if the "artist" is a true one or are they just an act used by the corporate interest to sell you some sh!tty products/ lifestyles. Like I said before if you are a big/ true hip hop head you will know "real" hip hop when you hear it no matter the language, it's basically a gut feeling.
I didn't mean to dismiss this album on particular because of the choice of using English, I was talking about the general phenomenon, and I can see that you agree with me on that. Of course, just like the use of a foreign language shouldn't make you look good by itself, it won't be enough to ruin a good piece of music.
Edited by PereUbu - 1/29/13 at 3:33am