[Dixielandjazz] Rap evolution v. OKOM evolution

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 9 09:08:12 PST 2005

Rap has been around since the 70's. Back then it was really great for the
young people. No cursing, no filth, etc. Filled with great promise as a form
of musical poetry with a message.

Since that time it has evolved into some pretty nasty stuff. Especially on
the CD versions, or live performances which are not censored.

When you compare the radio broadcast versions of today's rap to the same
songs(?) released for the CD market they are quite mild. For proof listen to
50 Cent on the radio and then buy the same song on CD. Woowee!!!!!

Interesting that jazz seems to have evolved in opposite manner. Started off
as erotic; whore house piano players; filled with inside sex messages; F...
the rest of the world connotations; played in Gangster Joints where the law
(prohibition) was ignored; music the Mob loved; a myriad of drug related
messages; in the midst of shootings and killings etc. Now evolved into "Art"
and played frequently in Churches.

Those of us my age, who were working jazz musicians shortly after WW 2,
remember well that the establishment looked upon jazz musicians as sex
crazed, women chasing, ignorant druggies/alcoholics and generally
categorized as the scum of the earth. And if you played in an integrated
band, you were, screamed at as a "nigger lover" which, to the ignorant
whites who screamed, was the worst thing they could say about another white.

Those negative establishment opinions were even stronger in the 1920's and
30's according to oral and written history.



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